Hot Gin Toddy

Though originally created as an inexpensive medicine with diuretic properties, soon after its invention, gin became popular among a much wider public than simply those suffering from health problems. Indeed, the low-cost drink was consumed to such a great extent in the 1700s that it was for a time considered a significant social problem. Gin is utilized in a wide range of cocktails, but is perhaps most popular on cold winter days as a component of the hot gin toddy, which is typically prepared with 2 ounces of spirits, 4 ounces of boiling water, 1 sugar cube, 1 lemon slice, and various spices, such as nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Served in a mug or tall glass, the concoction can bring back warmth into even the chilliest of people.

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