Friday, 12 April 2013

Aunt Adele's Hot Milk Toddy

Even in the 24th century, it seems a glass of warm milk is still the prescribed remedy for sleepless nights.
Not just any glass of milk, mind you, but Aunt Adele's hot milk toddy.
Made in a replicator.  
In space.  
In your funky space quarters (where the towels and pillows are made from an uncomfortable looking shiny material).  
As prescribed by your starship's doctor, Dr. Beverley Crusher.  
Who got the recipe from her good friend bald man whom she flirts with, the Enterprises' Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Adele was his aunt.

Aunt Adele's Hot Milk Toddy (Serves 1 insomnia-riddled Startfleet officer of any rank)*

  • 250ml milk
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)**

Heat the milk in a small saucepan until hot, but not boiling.  Add the honey and stir.  Once the honey has been incorporated, add the brandy if using.   Bring it all up to a gentle simmer.  
Turn off the heat, add the nutmeg and stir.  Pour into a sturdy glass or mug.  Drink and try to avoid all distortions in the space-time continuum, as well as bodgy inter-dimensional aliens that kidnap you in your sleep.
Image by psiwaves

You know you watch too much of a certain show if you end up rifling through your pantry trying to figure out how they make the food.  
I'll pass on the gagh, however.

* Not suitable for androids.
** A 'toddy' is a traditional warm drink with an alcoholic element incorporated.  Nutmeg is mentioned as one of the toddy's ingredients on the show (Star Trek: The Next Generation) so it's in the recipe above.
Alas, from here things start to come undone.  Alcohol as we know it is not replicated on the Starship Enterprise NCC 1701-D (although some of the real stuff is in Guinan's secret stash).
'Synthehol' is a commonly used substitute on the ship, however it barely gets you drunk.  So I've added the brandy as a suggestion, as an ode to proper boozy toddies.  Unfortunately it would seem that a 24th century toddy is not a toddy at all!


  1. This is awesome! I love TNG (the show actually inspired my search). Low and behold I found Aunt Adele's recipe. It looks delicious, I can't wait to try it (with a little of Guinan's secret stash, no synthehol for me). Thanks for putting this out there!

  2. This is wonderful! I couldn't believe it when I found THE Aunt Adele recipe!

  3. It was the reason for my search also! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  4. I tried it with milk sugar dark rum and freshly grated nutmeg. Really good!

  5. Try it with white rum... Really nice!!

  6. I just seen that episode, and I search for warm milk only, and boom, the top search on the engine "Aunt Adele's Hot Milk Toddy," It's like everyone else is watching it as Im watching it as well. TNG s.06e.05 Schisms on netflix.

  7. Very cool! Thanks for the actual recipe...just what the good doctor ordered! ��

  8. I went looking for this recipe because I couldn't sleep and I had just watched this episode of Star Trek. I didn't actually expect to find Aunt Adele's recipe! This made my whole sleepless, painful, night better.

  9. Lol i couldn't sleep and was watching tng this too funny.

  10. Lol! I looked this up after watching the episode with rikers insomnia! Lovely post.

  11. Lol. Just saw the show. Googled immediately. Glad I'm not the only one. Smiled through the entire description. *sips earl gray☕️

  12. Thx a bunch! Much love
    #picardrules #tng <3

  13. This toddy is delicious...a great nightcap! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love the recipe, have been working on a version myself glad to have found yours. I know its some years late, but according to Worf "If you wish, it can be real alcohol, with all the deleterious effects intact." ... Cheers... -BSE-

  15. try adding 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of Cardamom and pinch of allspice

  16. Wow, great recipe! Incidentally, do you know where I can find some Alderian Whiskey?

  17. I never thought that someone would actually have this to find or I would've done a search on it. However, lol, I still found it...excellent! I've been having trouble falling asleep for sometime now, can't wait to try. Thanks aunt Adele!

  18. Star Trek fans are the sweetest and the best! Love you guys so much!
    Hope you're all loving the 50th Anniversary shenanigans and let's raise our toddy cups to another 50 years.
    We've gotta make it to the 24th Century after all ;-) xoxo