This red wine hot toddy recipe doesn’t use any bourbon or whiskey.
Confession time! I can’t drink brown liquors. Whiskey? Bourbon? Rye? Just the smell makes me feel like I’m going to be sick, and it’s not that I don’t like these liquors. It’s some sort of crazy allergy. I developed this red wine hot toddy recipe as an alternative to the brown-booze-based ones that most people make during the winter months.
I love fall weather, but what I don’t love so much is cold and flu season. Darrol’s doctor said that the first cold and flu season with a baby is the roughest, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned already it’s that when Darrol gets sick, Dave and I are almost guaranteed to also get sick. A hot toddy is such a nice treat when you’re under the weather, and this one is packed with ginger to clear your sinuses and a generous amount of lemon juice for vitamin C.
The wine that I used to make this hot toddy recipe is Our Daily Red. It’s an organic table wine, and it’s totally vegan.
“Vegan wine?” you ask. Yes! Wine can actually contain a few different animal products (ew!). You can read more about that over at Eat Drink Better. Our Daily Red sent me a free bottle of their table wine to try, and it’s good stuff! I’ve actually bought their wine before, but it had been a while, and when they offered me a bottle to review, I couldn’t resist.
Do you have a favorite vegan wine? I love a good glass of red and am always looking for new bottles to break open!
Red Wine Hot Toddy Recipe
Yield: makes 1 large mugful
Ingredients & Supplies
- 1 cup water
- 1″ piece of fresh ginger, sliced
- small saucepan
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 an ounce white rum
- juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or coconut nectar (optional, or to taste)
- wire mesh strainer
- Put the ginger and water on the stove and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large mug. Strain the hot ginger tea you made right into the cup. Stir, and sip!