Minna Thomas Antrim
But winter has its dark underbelly too. Dreary naked branches longing for green; slushy wet snow that seeps into your boots and between your toes. The monotony of root vegetables and wooden tomatoes. And worst of all...the dreaded spectre of colds and flu. My usual stamina and boundless energy often get caught unawares, a cold creeping in on cat’s feet and settling in for a long winter’s nap.
Apple-Ginger Hot Toddy with Calvados
This toddy uses a generous amount of cayenne pepper, rich in capsaicin. An ancient remedy for all sorts of ills, cayenne is also known to have anti-irritant properties, easing sore throats and lingering coughs. If you prefer a milder version either reduce the amount or eliminate the cayenne entirely.
Three thick slices fresh ginger, cut in slivers
1 lemon wedge, spiked with three whole cloves
The juice of ½ lemon
*Calvados, a French brandy from Normandy, adds an extra glow to this toddy
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mug and top with boiling water. Let steep for at least five minutes. Scoop out the solids and the teabag, leaving just the lemon wedge. Wrap up in your favourite blanket, sit back and enjoy.