Recently a lot of my friends and co-workers have been coming down with the cold or flu. I decided to share my Hot Toddy Recipe to help everyone who may be feeling a little under the weather. This drink will also help during those snowy winter days and nights.

Its cold outside with the kids when they're doing snow activities like sledding, tubing, snowball fights and building another Frosty the Snowman. After the kids come in from the cold the standard hot chocolate is made to warm them up. What do the parents and adults have? You have to try my Big Joe’s Hot Toddy. It’s a great hot adult beverage that will warm you up and help relieve a muscle ache or two from being out in the cold with the kids.

I originally introduced this recipe for the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey that happens around this time every year. Last year over 7,000 plungers took a dip into the 37 degree waters of the Atlantic to raise big money for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Over 50,000 people crammed the boardwalk in Seaside Heights to watch this epic event. I counted down the plunge and off they went. My hot toddy was a drink for those plungers and attendees to warm up after that great experience. The plungers and sponsors including the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association generated over $2.5 million for Special Olympics New Jersey, an outstanding effort and collaboration.

You don’t have to plunge to enjoy my hot toddy. You deserve it. Here’s what you need. Cheers!


1 bag of your favorite black tea
10 oz. of almost boiling water
1-2 oz. of Bourbon
1 wedge of orange
1 tsp. of honey (Optional)
Orange slice with cloves pushed into it (Optional)
Cinnamon Stick (Optional)

How to put it together:

In a kettle or small pot, heat the water just hot enough that it almost boils. In a large mug, pour hot water over the tea bag and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and discard.

Now depending on how cold you are from diving into the icy waters of the Atlantic, add 1 - 2 oz. of your favorite Bourbon. Squeeze a wedge of orange into the tea and gently stir to incorporate everything.

For me the juice form the orange and the natural sweet notes from the Bourbon are sweet enough. If you want it a bit sweeter or if you have a sore throat, you can add a tsp. of honey. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, or a slice of orange with a couple cloves pushed into it. Enjoy and feel the warmth start to return.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.

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