Throat Coat Hot Toddy With Ginger Beer

Here’s how to make a fab soothing throat coat hot toddy made with ginger beer, lemon, honey and your favourite tipple…

Throat Coat Hot Toddy

Made with ginger beer, honey, lemon and whisky

What Does Hot Toddy Ole Miss Mean?

One of the most confusing questions about a hot toddy when you ask google is ‘is a hot tea toddy the same as a hotty toddy ole miss’ and the answer is sadly no. The two are completely different. One is a warming soothing hot tea made with a dash of your favourite tipple, and the other is a sort of cheerleader rallying chant. Football fans of the Ole Miss Rebels use the term ‘hotty toddy’ which dates back as far as WWII. The first chant was ‘height tighty’ and over the years this turned into ‘hotty toddy’

What are the Ingredients in Throat Coat Tea?

I’m using organic throat coat tea made by Traditional Medicinals. Other brands will have varying ingredients in them. What does Traditional Medicinals throat coat tea contain? Organic licorice root, Organic slippery elm bark, Organic marshmallow root, Organic wild cherry bark, Organic bitter fennel fruit, Organic cinnamon bark, Organic sweet orange peel.


I made something similar to this in my 12 days of tipsy teas for Christmas challenge. I made a hot toddy with hot cloudy lemonade, honey, lemon, throat coat tea and a dash of brandy at the end. It was the perfect company for a cold winters night at home and is super soothing for the sniffles. Which is all too common at Christmas time.

I’ve adapted this recipe slightly and decided to use ginger beer. Ginger naturally contains anti-inflammatory properties and plus the flavour of the sweet bubbly ginger beer works so well with the spiciness of throat coat tea. I’ve also incorporated a splash of elderberry syrup because elderberry syrup contains natural healing properties.

I’m using a shot of The Lost Distillery’s Towiemore Whisky in my hot toddy. I ran out of my favourite Hennessey’s at Christmas and I opened a bottle of my husbands whisky and I was won over. This whisky is now my favourite hot toddy tipple!

Throat Coat Tea Benefits

All of the herbal ingredients in throat coat tea have been used in herbalism for centuries to aid in the relief of the symptoms of colds and flu and so are good for soothing a sore throat. The ingredients work in tandem to soothe and provide relief from irritating scratchy throats. Slippery elm bark is commonly used in throat lozenges for its ability of breaking down mucus.

Is Throat Coat Tea Good for Singers?

Well, I’m definitely no signer so I can’t confirm first hand if this is good for singers or not. BUT the herbs found in throat coat tea (slippery elm, marshmallow root and licorice root) are all mucilaginous herbs. Mucilaginous herbs have the ability to soothe and protect irritated tissues. And that’s great for anyone that needs to sing or speak in public.


Does Elderberry Syrup Help With a Sore Throat?

A recent study in 2020 suggests that elderberry syrup can speed up the recovery time by up to 4 days when suffering from a cold and help relieve symptoms such as a sore throat.

Elderberries contain a compound known as hemagglutinin protein. This hemagglutinin protein is known to stop a virus from travelling through cells in the body!

I like using elderberry syrup from Pukka Herbs made with elderberries, ginger, thyme and manuka honey.

Are Elderberries the Same as Elderflowers?

Both elderberries and elderflowers come from the same plant, the elderberry bush. This small bush is native to Europe in places like the United Kingdom and France. The bush produces dark berries that have a strong bitter taste. The flowers are far more floral and delicate. These flowers can be used in elderflower syrup.


Is Ginger Beer Good for a Sore Throat?

The anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties found in ginger are good for a sore throat as the properties can help soothe a sore scratchy throat. However, the ginger content and purity found in ginger beer is not always enough to provide relief, especially if using a low quality ginger beer. Although some people swear by ginger beer or ginger ale when under the weather, plus the sweeet ginger beer is still soothing and can provide some electrolytes and hydration necessary for fighting a cold.

Is Ginger Beer Alcoholic?

These days, ginger beer is made non-alcoholic (under 0.5%) and is carbonated rather than fermented. Fermentation means to change a substance by changing the energy within it, usually by using a starter culture/bacterial catalyst. Brewing beer, wine and kombucha all goes through a fermentation process. Carbonated means to add the gassy carbon dioxide bubbles.

What’s the Difference Between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale?

The difference between ginger beer and ginger ale is quite subtle. The taste of ginger beer is slightly stronger compared to the more delicate ginger ale taste. Once upon a time, ginger beer would have been fermented rather than carbonated and there would have been a bigger difference between the two. Feel free to use ginger ale instead of ginger beer in this recipe, the taste will be less intense but still super soothing none the less.


Is Honey and Lemon a Cough Remedy?

Drinking honey and lemon in hot water has been used as a cough and cold remedy since the beginning of time and for good reason too. Both lemon and honey contain soothing qualities to aid in the recovery feeling a bit out of sorts. Honey is known to soothe and suppress a cough better than some over the counter cough suppressant medicines! Lemon contains properties that can help relieve congestion.

How to Make my Throat Coat Hot Tea Toddy From Scratch

INGREDIENTS (Serves 1)

  • 1 cup of ginger beer

  • 1 Throat Coat tea bag

  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey to taste

  • 1 teaspoon of elderberry syrup

  • Orange & lemon slices

  • 1 shot of whisky - optional

  • Cinnamon stick to serve - optional

METHOD

  • Firstly, heat the ginger beer either on the stovetop or in the microwave.

  • Add the honey and elderberry syrup and stir until all the ingredients have dissolved.

  • Next add the tea bag and allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Cover the cup or pot while the tea is infusing to lock in all of the herbal goodness.

  • Remove the tea bag, add the slices of citrus, cinnamon stick and a shot of your favourite tipple (if using). Enjoy :)

Read More of my Hot Toddy Recipes

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Ginger Hottie Toddie with Throat Coat Tea

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Author: Cindy Jarvis
Prep time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min
The ingredients work in tandem to soothe and provide relief from irritating scratchy throats...

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Ginger Beer
  • 1 Throat Coat Tea Bag
  • 2 Teaspoons of Honey to Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon of Elderberry Syrup
  • Orange & Lemon Slices
  • 1 Shot of Whisky - Optional
  • Cinnamon Stick to Serve - Optional

Instructions

  1. Firstly, heat the ginger beer either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  2. Add the honey and elderberry syrup and stir until all the ingredients have dissolved.
  3. Next add the tea bag and allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Cover the cup or pot while the tea is infusing to lock in all of the herbal goodness.
  4. Remove the tea bag, add the slices of citrus, cinnamon stick and a shot of your favourite optional tipple. Enjoy :)
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