As temperatures in the South dip closer to freezing, we can’t think of anything more appropriate than curling up with a good book and a hot toddy perfected by one of the greatest authors in American history: the incomparable, lifelong Mississippian (and liquor enthusiast) William Faulkner.
Faulkner’s niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, shared the Southern wordsmith’s famous hot toddy recipe in her book The Great American Writers’ Cookbook. According to Wells, the warm winter drink can cure anything from “a bad spill from a horse to a bad cold, from a broken leg to a broken heart.” Um, consider us sold.
Read below for the excerpt from the book and instructions on how to make it:
Pappy alone decided when a Hot Toddy was needed, and he administered it to his patient with the best bedside manner of a country doctor.
He prepared it in the kitchen in the following way: Take one heavy glass tumbler. Fill approximately half full with Heaven Hill bourbon (the Jack Daniel’s was reserved for Pappy’s ailments). Add one tablespoon of sugar. Squeeze 1/2 lemon and drop into glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with boiling water. Serve with potholder to protect patient’s hands from the hot glass.
Pappy always made a small ceremony out of serving his Hot Toddy, bringing it upstairs on a silver tray and admonishing his patient to drink it quickly, before it cooled off. It never failed.