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Friday, 31 July 2015

Hot toddy

A hot toddy is a mixed drink, usually including alcohol that is served hot. Hot toddies are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in cold weather.

It has been suggested that the name comes from the toddy drink in India produced by fermenting the sap of palm trees.

Uses of the phrase in popular music as a slang term for a hot girl can be dated back to at least 1942 when Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby sung Irving Berlin's "I'll Capture Your Heart" in Holiday Inn:
[Astaire:] Here she comes, down the street
[Crosby:] My, oh my, ain't she sweet?
[Astaire:] Why, here comes my hot toddy
[Crosby:] Over my dead body.

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