Hot gin, lemon and honey or sugar. Such a simple drink, and one that has been around in various incarnations nearly as long as gin. A few centuries ago, people waxed lyrical about the welcoming ring of the toddy stick, a stirring stick used to mix this drink over countless tavern fires in pewter or copper vessels. The lemon was optional, a luxury for most. A splash of raspberry shrub might easily replace the imported citrus in rural establishments. Or perhaps no sour note at all, just the spirit, sugar or honey and boiling water.