By Diane Forrest
The University of Mississippi is a major university in our state. They have a chant at football games that says,
Hotty Toddy Gosh Almighty
Who in the hell are we??
Flim Flam Bim Bam
Ole Miss by damn!
I think of this chant every time I see the words hot toddy. However, this hot toddy is not a football chant, but a drink. A Hot Toddy is made with honey, lemon, hot water and a choice of rum, whiskey or scotch. You can also include coffee, tea or cocoa too. A hot toddy is a favorite drink of those who have cold weather and signs of a cold or sore throat.
According to punchbowl.com, hot toddies originated in Scotland sometime during the 18th century. While the exact details are unknown, historians believe that the recipe was developed to make the taste of Scotch whiskey more palatable. (Apparently the women of the day didn’t care for the smoky, peat flavor.) One theory suggests that the word “toddy” evolved from “Tod’s well” (also known as Todian Spring), the water supply for Edinburgh.
So today, on National Hot Toddy day, try a favorite warm drink to knock off the winter chill, and get rid of those nasty cold bugs!