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Hot Gin Toddy

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There’s definitely a chill in the air and since we’ve had our first proper frost at the Kitchen Shed I reckon it’s time to indulge ourselves with a spirit lifting hot toddy.

When I was a young girl, my Grandad (who was a carpenter) used his spare time to make beautiful doll’s houses and toy garages. Part of the fun for me as I helped in his workshop, was guessing which alcohol free hot toddy my Nana would bring out to keep us warm. Even though I’m pretty sure the orange version was simply orange sqaush and hot water with a slice of orange floating in it, I feel such a sense of warmth and magic when I think back to those days. Better still than Nana’s hot orange was the delicious hot dandelion and burdock – although I was only eight years old, it seems I was developing a taste for herbs and spices even then.

This hot gin toddy, flavoured with herbs and spices, is defintely one for the grown ups and is not one to drink whilst working – especially if you’re a carpenter !


Hot Gin Toddy


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 30 ml orange juice
  • 30 ml gin
  • One small cinnamon stick
  • A slice of orange
  • About 60 ml boiling water


  • Make sure you use a heatproof glass or cup.
  • Add the honey, orange juice, gin, cinnamon stick and a slice of orange to your glass or cup.
  • Top up with about 60 ml boiling water and give it a good stir using your cinnamon stick.
  • Enjoy.

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