Friday Recipe: Orange Ginger Toddy From Shutterbean

hot ginger todddy, bourbon, cocktail, orange tea, orange

Work your magic before hypothermia sets in!

I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it but I don't care, I need to get this off my chest: I'm cold!!  Just when I think the worst of this freezing Northern California cold front is over, I wake up and have to chip ice off my windshield.  Again. It's just ridiculous.  It's insulting is what it is.

Consequently, I've become quite adept at building a roaring fire.  But even still, it takes at least an hour for the huge wood fire stove to get the inside temperatures up from the 54 degrees it is when I get home from work to a tolerable 65 degrees or higher.  I prefer higher.  Much higher.

Tonight, I simply couldn't take it any more.  If I sat on top of the wood stove, fire blazing, I don't think my backside would have defrosted.  When I first sat down to write this post, my fingers were numb with cold.

And then I did something I rarely do.  I made myself a cocktail, a hot one.

I did try eating spicy food first (jalapeno flavored pretzels to be exact) but that didn't work.  And it gave me heartburn.  So I pulled up a recipe I read about several months ago from shutterbean.com: Orange Ginger Toddy. I knew if I could get just a little bourbon in my system it would warm me up right away.  I've seen enough Donner Party documentaries to know just  a drizzle of the "hard stuff" would save my life.

It worked!  It was quick &  easy, too.  You can read Shutterbean's recipe here but I'll give you quick rundown:  Using your favorite orange flavored herbal tea, make a mugful of hot tea.  Next add a little ginger syrup (I like anything from The Ginger People), a splash of bourbon and a slice of orange to float on top.

I made a few adjustments for my own taste.  I used a blood orange because... well, that's what I had on hand.  I squeezed a little juice in the cup and reduced the bourbon by about half.  More tea, less liquor.  My lips were still numb about 3 sips in.

I was also finally warm and my little fingers could type away because they were no longer stiff with cold.

But I can't be held responsible for any typos.

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