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Warm Up With William Faulkner's Hot Toddy Recipe

Sep 27, 2013

Warm Up With William Faulkner's Hot Toddy Recipe

Famed American author William Faulkner once said, "Civilization begins with distillation.” Like many of his 20th century literary cohorts (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Joyce all come to mind), Faulkner favored the drink, and on cool Mississippi nights, his beverage of choice was always the classic hot toddy. 

If you're looking for some divine inspiration at the bottom of a glass, or just feeling a bit under the weather, here's Faulkner's recipe, as told to The Great American Writers’ Cookbook by the author's niece:

"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 the 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."

For another literary recipe, check out Emily Dickinson's coconut cake here, and click through the slideshow above for more warm cocktails. 

(h/t Maud Newton)

By Caroline Hallemann

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