Fresh mint tea is the base for this simple Mint Hot Toddy. It's just right for fall and winter sipping, whether you're feeling under the weather of not.
Fresh mint tea is the base for this simple mint hot toddy. It's just right for fall and winter sipping.
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It's starting to get chilly here in Atlanta, and that means that my herb garden is about to be done until spring. I really miss cooking with fresh herbs during the late fall and winter, so this mint hot toddy recipe is me making the most of the last herbs in my garden.
Of course, the mint is the one herb that's really going strong, because mint is supernatural. Seriously, if you've killed every plant you've ever grown, try growing some mint. I didn't even plant the mint that was in my spring and summer garden this year. It came back from last year.
I could move my herbs inside for the winter, but anytime we have plants indoors, my cats consider it part buffet and part fun game. The game is called "Knock This Onto the Floor." Cats!
But enough about my herb garden. You're here because you want to make a hot toddy. Let's make one!
Mint Hot Toddy
- 2 ounces light rum
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup loosely-packed fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 of a fresh lemon - halved (so two lemon quarters)
- Make the mint tea: Combine the mint, brown sugar, and water in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- While the mint tea cooks up, divide the rum between two large mugs. Also squeeze the juice from a lemon quarter into each mug, and drop the rest of the lemon quarter right in.
- Ladle the mint tea into your mugs. Getting some mint sprigs in there is fine, but I would discard the bigger pieces of mint. Stir, and serve.