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  • Food: Classic Hot Toddy
  • Writer: Nicolas Green
  • Content-Type: Food Blog

Let’s get some hot toddy going! They are quite simple to create. You’ll only need hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon to make this classic cocktail.

Hot toddies, unlike mulled wine, wassail, or warm cider, are light and refreshing rather than too sweet.

Slow sippers or nightcaps, hot toddies are delicious. They’re ideal for playing cards with the family, according to Mara. This year, consider having a hot toddy bar for your holiday gathering. That’s a fantastic idea!

What Is the Best Way to Make a Hot Toddy?

  • Simple tinkering with the amount of lemon juice and honey until it satisfies your taste buds is the key to crafting the perfect hot toddy. In the recipe below, I’ve included some guidelines. I think you’ll be astonished at how much more lemon juice or honey changes the flavor.
  • You’ll almost certainly get a whiskey drink if you request a hot toddy at a bar. Any nice whiskey would do—I’ve had Bulleit Rye, Jameson, and Wiser’s hot toddies.
  • You can prepare your hot toddy using black rum or brandy if you desire. In my recipe notes, you’ll find more variations on the drink.

Hot Toddies For Coughs and Colds

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Food: Hot Toddy (Source: Food Doodles)

Although you don’t want to overdo it on the whiskey, hot toddies are said to help relieve cold symptoms. Your body requires healing, and a simple combination of warm water, honey, and lemon can help.

Over-the-counter and prescription drugs don’t mix well with alcohol. So, if you’re on medication, no hot toddies for you! With everything except the whiskey, nurse yourself back to health.


Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 0 minutes

10 minutes in total 1 cocktail

Warm-up with this recipe for a classic hot toddy cocktail! Making hot toddies is a breeze. Only hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon are required. One cocktail is made using this recipe.


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Food: Hot Toddy (Source: Food Doodles)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish)


  1. Bring the water to a low simmer in a teapot or saucepan. Fill a mug halfway with hot water.
  2. Combine the whiskey, 2 tablespoons honey, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Stir until the honey is completely dissolved in the boiling water. Taste, and if needed, add 1 teaspoon honey or 1 teaspoon additional lemon juice for more zing.
  3. Serve with a lemon round and a cinnamon stick as garnish (if using). Enjoy!


  • TO MAKE IT VEGAN, FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS: Maple syrup can be used instead of honey.
  • TURN IT AROUND: Use brandy or dark/spiced rum instead of whiskey. You might also add a dash of apple cider or steep 1 tea bag (green or black tea) in the boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes for added taste. Add a slice of apple or fresh peeled ginger, whole cloves, or anise to the garnishes to change things up.