Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

One of Mississippi’s and the South’s most famous and beloved authors was William Faulkner. Faulkner was infamous for imbibing in alcoholic beverages, and one of his favorites was corn whiskey. It’s said that on a short stay in New Orleans with Sherwood Anderson, Faulkner showed up wearing an overcoat that “bulged strangely, so much, that at first glance, I thought he must be in some queer way deformed.” It turns out that every pocket of Faulkner’s coat was filled with “some six or eight half gallon jars of moon liquor he had brought with him from the country.” It was said on that trip that Faulkner would eat beignets every morning with a glass of corn whiskey and then would also drink it as he wrote. It’s also said that Faulkner loved to play doctor when the family children would come down with a cold. His remedy was always a hot toddy, that was similar to this recipe.

  • 1 teaspoon sugar or 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 ounces hot water, almost boiling
  • 2 ounces corn whiskey
  • Juice from half a lemon

Place the sugar or honey in the bottom of a glass and dissolve with a few ounces of the hot water. Add the lemon juice and corn whiskey, and top up with remaining water if desired.


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September 14, 2016