Thursday, April 19, 2007

The original Hot Toddy

Back in January I posted a cocktail recipe for a Green Tea Ginger Hot Toddy. The hot toddy has been around for a while, and no doubt the Green Tea Ginger Hot Toddy is only one of countless variations of the drink.

But what I didn't realize until recently is that the hot toddy was originally named for a famous Hollywood actress, Thelma Todd.

Tragically, Thelma died in 1935 at the age of 30. One of the last people to see her alive was her ex-husband, reputed mobster Pat DiCicco. DiCicco, along with actor Wallace Beery, was also a suspect in the death of Ted Healy, the vaudevillian who in the mid-1920s worked with three young funnymen who would eventually find fame as the Three Stooges.

Thelma Todd's death was ruled a suicide—a ruling that is still controversial today. Some even say that Thelma's ghost still haunts Hollywoood.

The real "Hot Toddy."

—Mellow Monk

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