Autumn is here, which means that the leaves are changing and the weather is getting colder — and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a Rooibos Hot Toddy? Think rooibos tea, honey, ginger, a splash of lemon and, of course, whiskey! As an added bonus, the honey, ginger and lemon help ward off cold symptoms and soothe a sore throat or runny nose! So, what’s stopping you?
Spiced Rooibos Hot Toddy
Makes 2 cocktails
- 3 shots whiskey
- 2 tea bags Rooibos tea
- 600 ml water
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp honey, or to taste
- 1 lemon
- 5cm piece of ginger
This recipe can easily be doubled to make 4 cocktails, or adjusted to make a whole jug to serve after your next braai before the cold sets in.
- In a medium pot, combine the water, tea bags, and ginger. Zest the lemon and add 1 tbsp to the mixture, along with the juice of half of the lemon.
- Slice two rounds out of the remaining lemon half and set aside to use for garnish later.
- Bring the liquid to a boil over a high heat and reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer until the liquid has reduced by about a third.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise and simmer for about a minute.
- Strain the tea and reserve the spices.
- Add 1 ½ shots of whiskey to each mug or latté glass, add a cinnamon stick and star anise, and garnish the mug with the lemon rounds.
- Add about 1 tsp of honey to each glass (more if you like things sweeter),fill to the brim with the tea mixture and stir to dissolve the honey.
- Taste your drink — add more lemon juice or lemon zest if it’s too sweet, or add more honey if you want it sweeter.
*Note: Add the spices last to ensure the flavours don’t overpower the tea.