Whether or not you’re expecting Santa to come down the chimney or Baby Jesus to be born (again?!), a hot toddy makes today more holly jolly. Just pour some bourbon in a mug (nice bourbon is arguably wasted here—Trader Joe’s brand works great), squeeze in some lemon juice, add a dollop of honey, then top it off with boiling water (about twice as much as the bourbon) and a slice of lemon for garnish. Stir and adjust to taste—more lemon, more honey, more bourbon. Optional (but arguably overkill): cinnamon stick, whole cloves. Merry whatever, friend!

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