Wisdom & a Cocktail: Eleanor Roosevelt {by Erin of Well in LA}

Our wonderful friend Erin, from Well in LA, graces Wisdom & a Cocktail with something {and someone} we can’t wait to raise our glasses to.  

I have adored Eleanor Roosevelt since the age of 8, when I was assigned to write a report about a notable woman in history. She was a voice for women and minorities, overcoming her shyness to use her intellect and position to impact lives. Not much has changed since third grade and I find myself, like Eleanor working to overcome my shyness and share my words with the world as a burgeoning lifestyle expert and writer.

Eleanor has many wonderful quotes as an inspirational woman in history. It was difficult to choose just one of her quotes, but since we’re pairing with a tea-based cocktail, this gem seemed fitting:

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Hot Toddy

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum (I like Maker’s Mark®)

1 Tbsp honey

1/4 lemon

1 cup hot water

1 tea bag


Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.

Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.

On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.

Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

I love the structure and depth that tea adds to a cocktail. It’s like tasting something different and familiar all at once. Tea works well in cocktails because its tannins can cut through any sour or bitter taste (tannins also = a little antioxidant boost for your cocktail!). Green tea is my preferred base for the summer months, but since we’re headed into fall black teas provide the base for cool weather drinks. Pairing a classic drink with a quote from one very classy lady.

P.S. Eleanor Roosevelt’s memoirs are a perfect read in the fall and winter months when you’re ready to hang up the lighter beach reads in favor of books with a little more substance.

Images via here, here, and here.

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