The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Hot Toddy Fun Facts.

Hot Toddy Fun Facts: A hot toddy is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey, herbs and spices, and served hot.

  • It is believed that the hot toddy was invented to disguise raw Scotch, which in the 18th century was unpalatable. Sugar, dates, saffron, mace, nuts and cinnamon were piled in to hide the foul taste.
  • Others claim a Dublin-born physician, Robert Bentley Todd, was known for his prescription of a hot drink of brandy, white cinnamon, sugar syrup and water called a “Hot toddy”.
  • It has also been suggested that the name comes from the toddy drink in India, produced by fermenting the sap of palm trees. The term could have been introduced into Scotland by a member of the East India Company.
  • January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day.
  • Historically consumed as a warming mechanism on cold nights, hot toddies developed a reputation as a remedy for cold and flu.

Hot Toddy Fun Facts We May Have Missed

Let us know about any Hot Toddy Fun Facts we missed. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia facts about the Hot Toddy.

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