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Hot Toddy

8 January 2023 By Aleksandra

Hot Toddy is a warm, sweet, and refreshing drink made with whiskey, honey, and lemon. It´s perfect for cold winter nights! Even if you´re not a big whiskey drinker, you will still like it!

Two glasses with hot toddy. Lemons and honey in the background.

Ingredients

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Here´s what you need to make this easy recipe:

Labeled ingredients for a hot toddy drink.
  • Whiskey – any kind you like to drink. You can also use bourbon, dark rum, or brandy.
  • Lemon – you will need freshly squeezed lemon juice and a slice of lemon. Lemon slice is used to keep all the cloves in one place but it also kind of ´perfumes´ the drink with lemon zest. The drink is really better with the lemon slice than without.
  • Honey – a sweetener. You can use demerara or brown sugar instead, or even maple syrup.
  • Cloves – add flavor to the drink. You can also add a stick of cinnamon but I prefer this drink without it. A small piece of star anise can also be added.
  • Boiling water – hot toddy is a warm drink! Instead of boiling water you can use black tea or earl grey tea.
  • You could also add a small piece of fresh ginger.
  • If you´d like to make this alcohol-free (a mocktail), use 3/4 cup of boiling water and brew tea in it.

How to make hot toddy step by step

Boiling water is being poured into a cup. Lemon juice and lemon slice with cloves on a plate.

STEP 1: Pour boiling water into a heat-proof glass in which you will make the drink and leave for a couple of minutes to warm up (this insures the cup and your drink will stay warm longer). Pour out the water.

STEP 2: Slice the lemon and squeeze out the juice. Press cloves into the lemon slice.

Hot water is being poured into a glass. Lemon slice with cloves is being added to a glass with hot water.

STEP 3: Add 1/2 cup of boiling water to the glass.

STEP 4: Add lemon slice with cloves.

Lemon juice and honey are being added to a glass.

STEP 5: Add lemon juice.

STEP 6: Add honey and stir until dissolved.

Whiskey is being added to a glass. Drink is being stirred with a spoon.

STEP 7: Add whiskey.

STEP 8: Stir until combined. Enjoy right away!

Two glasses with hot toddy. Lemons and honey in the background.

Recipe FAQ´s

What is Hot Toddy?

It´s a warm lemon water-based alcoholic beverage made most commonly with whiskey and sweetened with honey. It is a British drink. It is also known as hot whiskey in Ireland.

Does a hot toddy help with a cold?

You will definitely feel better after drinking it but the truth is that alcohol is an immuno-suppressant and won´t help you with a cold. Hot liquids of any kind are a good way to soothe a sore throat, but that´s about it. If you´re looking for a similar hot beverage that will really help with your cold, try this non-alcoholic lemon ginger water.

Will a hot toddy get you drunk?

Hot toddy is not a strong drink but if you drink too much, it will get you drunk!

What whiskey is best for hot toddy?

Any kind of whiskey that you like to drink (or have on hand!) is good for hot toddy. The nuances in flavor won´t be very noticeable.

Why is it called hot toddy?

The word toddy comes from an Indian toddy drink, made by fermenting the sap of palm trees. The earliest mention of “a beverage made of alcohol with hot water, sugar, and spices” comes from the year 1786.
Some sources say that the hot toddy were prescribed by doctors for cold in the 19th century.

Two glasses with hot toddy. Lemons and honey in the background. One glass is held in a hand.

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy is a warm, sweet, and refreshing drink made with whiskey, honey, and lemon. It´s perfect for cold winter nights! Even if you´re not a big whiskey drinker, you will still like it!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 166kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) whiskey

Instructions

  • Pour boiling water into a heat-proof glass in which you will make the drink and leave for a couple of minutes to warm up (this insures the cup and your drink will stay warm longer). Pour out the water.
  • Slice the lemon and squeeze out the juice.
  • Press cloves into the lemon slice and add it to the glass.
  • Add 1/2 cup of boiling water, lemon juice, then honey, and stir until dissolved.
  • Add whiskey and stir.
  • Enjoy right away!

Notes

Calories = 1 drink. This is only an estimate!
Course cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine British, international
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
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