I've had the good fortune of being whisked away twice a year to a cottage in the land of spruce trees and moose-crossing signs. A bag for such a journey is packed quickly: comfy, cozy clothes, a tootbrush, my knitting, a good book, and food. Oh, and beverages.
When we all finally arrive, we hang our bras on the deer antlers, and the fun begins. This year, we added a wintry beverage to the menu: hot whiskey.
Hot Whiskey can be considered a medicinal drink. When my Nanny (who would be 106 years old this year) went to work in the lumber camps as a young woman, her brother used to bring her this drink when her menstrual cramps were bad. My sister remembers Nanny doing the same for her when she was a teen with cramps.
However. You do not need to be sick to enjoy a Hot Whiskey (also called a Hot Toddy).
Here's how you can make your own:
2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
1 oz. Irish whiskey
2 oz. boiling water
a slice of lemon studded with cloves
Put the sugar in a glass; pour liquids over. Give the lemon a wee squeeze before dropping the lemon slice in.
Curl up by a fire and savour. Then make another.
A friend gave me the use of her fancy phone with apps to take these pictures; she took some, too! Thank you, friend! And cheers to you.