And now, only a day after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday, we celebrate the birth date of another great American writer, William Faulkner.
To celebrate, toss back a few mint juleps as we’re sure Faulkner himself would have done. Thanks to Maud Newton’s blog, we’ve also learned the recipe for his hot toddy, which, according to Ms. Dean Faulkner Wells, would cure anything from “a bad spill from a horse to a bad cold, from a broken leg to a broken heart.” Here is the recipe from The Great American Writers Cookbook, as written by his niece:
Pappy alone decided when a Hot Toddy was needed, and he administered it to his patient with the best bedside manner of a country doctor.
He prepared it in the kitchen in the following way: Take one heavy glass tumbler. Fill approximately half full with Heaven Hill bourbon (the Jack Daniel’s was reserved for Pappy’s ailments). Add one tablespoon of sugar. Squeeze 1/2 lemon and drop into glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with boiling water. Serve with potholder to protect patient’s hands from the hot glass.
Pappy always made a small ceremony out of serving his Hot Toddy, bringing it upstairs on a silver tray and admonishing his patient to drink it quickly, before it cooled off. It never failed.
Cheers to you, Mr. Faulkner, who today would be one hundred fifteen years young.