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William Faulkner's Hot Toddy Recipe

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Famous American writer and nobel prize laureate William Faulkner, who was as well known for his drinking as much as his literature, once said, "Well, between scotch and nothing, I suppose I'd take scotch. It's the nearest to good moonshine I can find."


It's the height of Winter, and our article on How To Make Hot Toddies is extremely popular. In the midst of this hot toddy mania, we found the delightful Maud Newton Literature Blog excavating Faulkner's recipe for such a drink:

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.

Apparently, when it came to toddies, Faulkner didn't take the scotch.

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