Hot Toddy recipe

Hot Toddy recipe

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Warm up with this traditional whisky drink.

120 people made this

IngredientsServes: 1

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 50ml boiling water
  • 1 1/2 measures whisky
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:2min ›Ready in:7min

  1. Pour the honey, boiling water, and whisky into a mug. Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and put in the slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavours can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving.

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Reviews in English (118)

by DadCooks

Trying one now...will update.It was very good. I'm going to have another.Thats one was pretty good too. Still have a bit of a sore throat, so I'm going to have another.theses things are DELICILOUS No longerr letting it stand *HA! for 5 min. I belive I'll have annottherI"vvve cha3ged the recpie a bit. skip8ng all the ingreadents and just using the WHISKEy I can REPort It"s VERRT GOOD THIS waytrout dont hurt an7moyre I recommmmended this recipie.-07 Dec 2012

by Scotdog

I also made it with a tea bag. Added more water. Didn't have the stick cinnamon or cloves so just used a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top.-20 Dec 2007


This is a nice recipe. I would change one thing however, that is to use Whisky instead of Whiskey. Being Scottish myself, it just has to be...-20 Sep 2003

Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy cocktail is the grandfather of hot drinks. Equally at home in a snowbound mountain cabin as it is on an acclaimed cocktail menu, the classic Hot Toddy has one job that it takes quite seriously: warming you up.

The Toddy’s origins are in the mid-18th century, and the drink traditionally comprises a spirit, sugar and hot water, perhaps with a lemon peel or assorted spices. In Ireland, they used Irish whiskey. In Scotland, they used scotch. In the United States, well, they used whatever was on hand—often brandy or rum. Today, whiskey usually wins out. But you may find the cocktail laced with a number of different spirits depending on where you source it, given the Toddy’s customizable nature.

A good Toddy has been known to jump-start mornings, cure colds and play furnace on a frigid evening. Many people believe that its first use was as a medicinal aid. Liquor was known to numb pain, while citrus and sugar (or honey) could soothe a sore throat. Take one sip of the hot, comforting cocktail and it’s easy to see how it has stood the test of time. Sure, the prevalence of central heating and modern medicine may be more effective than a warm drink, but you still can’t deny the life-giving power of a Hot Toddy.

This recipe comes from San Francisco bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout and features whiskey, hot water, demerara sugar and a clove-studded lemon peel. You can use any kind of whiskey you like, and the end result will be delicious. Fortunately, the Toddy is very easy to make. Grab your favorite mug, and heat it with some boiling water, similar to how you chill a Martini glass. After a minute or two, dump the water, and build your drink in the same mug by combining your spirit with sugar and more hot water. All that’s left to do now is throw another log on the fire and enjoy the warm whiskey embrace.

  1. Add all ingredients to a mug and stir well.
  2. Garnish with lemon wheel and fresh grated cinnamon or nutmeg.
  3. To make cinnamon syrup, mix equal parts sugar and water with one broken-up cinnamon stick per 1/2 cup.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Once sugar is completely melted, remove pan from heat and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Strain out cinnamon.
  7. Syrup can be stored up to three weeks.

Originally served cool, the toddy made its way to the South around the British Colonial era. Knowledge of the drink is said to have spread through the states by the colonists who drank toddies as liquid courage during the Revolutionary War. Southerners favored a rum version made with the spices and sugar available to their region. But, the warm hot toddy we drink today was created in Scotland and is rumored to get the “toddy” part of its name from the water used to make it – which was procured from Tod’s Well in Edinburgh. Another take is that “toddy” traces back to the Hindi word tari, which was a drink made from the fermented sap of toddy palm and enjoyed by the British.

When Do You Need a Hot Toddy?

Hot Toddies are a great answer if you’re coming down with the flu or a cold, which, chances are, is why you’ve googled Hot Toddies in the first place.

For starters, here’s a handy little guide to differentiate the flu from a cold.

The flu comes on quickly and has you aching all over, giving you chills and sweats, and is accompanied by fever. Conversely, a cold is not as quick to set in (though it goes away quicker), will rarely result in a fever, at least in adults, and won’t hurt as much. On a similar note, a cold lasts shorter and the symptoms are typically not as severe, so you can function more or less as usual. Still, you should keep in mind that you’re contagious for the first three days, so staying put and keeping yourself well-rested is not beneficial for you, but for others as well.

Both the flu and a cold, however, will have you sneezing, coughing (dry or gunky, respectively), and wiping your nose until it’s all red and sore. Both will also close down your throat, making eating anything more solid than soup an ordeal.

All of that said, though, despite feeling miserable and achy all-over, you don’t have to alarm your GP on account of either the flu or a cold. More often than not, your body will heal itself, and all you need to do is help it by resting a lot and keeping yourself warm and comfy.


Just what the doctor ordered for my sore throat! I used my favorite bourbon, Wild Turkey 101. Delicious and soothing.

My wife is tired of me complaining about the cold I got from the kids, so she mentioned a hot whiskey drink to shut me up and here we are. Used Russell's Reserve and an extra shot of citrus. Feel so good I decided to leave a review. Happy holidays to all.

have in the house. Makers Mark whiskey. Gotta add extra honey to mask the taste of the whiskey but I'm sure it will do the trick.

It was recommended to me that I have a hot toddy to help my cold. I was afraid that the concoction would be too medicinal. I was delighted that it was, in fact, quite flavorful and pleasant.

I've been making almost the same thing for years now but I use a good dark rum like El Dorado 12y (

$32) and make it a little stronger: 1/4 c (4tbsp) dark rum Juice from 1/4 lemon you can also use lime for a more tropical taste 1 tbsp honey boiling water to fill the rest of the mug. The sweetness and vanilla of the dark rum are fantastic for this and much quicker and easier than simmering spices for 20m (which would be fine if I was going to be serving people, but a bit much if I just want one on a random cold Tuesday evening)

I substituted bourbon for the lemon and honey. I also substituted bourbon hot water. Fantastic! Would make again.

I'm a Southern Comfort gal myself. It's less harsh than other liquor, I feel due to its spices doesn't need embellishment with cinnamon. Perfect for cough when unwell and helps me sleep!

I have only tried a sip of my friend's hot toddy before and I thought it was gross, but this recipe is good! I used Jim Beam Honey flavored bourbon and REAL fresh lemon juice. I only used 1/2 TBSP of honey since the liquor is already sweet. I added in a coffee mug's worth of hot water, a cinnamon stick and a dash of ground cloves. Perfecto!

ps. the cinnamon and clove sound nice! I forgot to mention that I use a bag of herbal lemon tea. Just because I like the taste. Honey, lemon juice and fresh ginger are proven natural remedies for cough and sore throat. Like I said the liquor just makes it grown-up and will let you sleep like a baby.

I add fresh ginger and fresh lemon juice. That with the honey really soothes the throat and calms a cough. The booze makes you sleep. A very nice winter cold remedy.

Made this last night for my girlfriend, with ingredients on hand. Jameson whiskey, honey, orange juice and water. Wrapped her in blankets and she slept like she was in hibernation. I think this will be a staple for the coming cold and flu season!

This drink is completely open to interpretation and works equally well with brandy, rum or any whiskey. Sure takes the chill off of cold winter night. I like mine with a cinnamon stick or a clove. It's particularly soothing to sip when you've got a cold and tucked into bed all snuggly and warm. ZZZzzzz. out like a light!

So I tried this my own way with what I had at my disposal. Car is in the shop and couldn't make it to the store. I'm drinking this to try and help with the sick. Anyways here goes 2oz Jameson whiskey About 10oz hot water 1.5ish oz of Starbucks gingerbread syrup And a package of 1000mg orange flavored vitamin c powder Sounds a bit weird but it's not terrible and if it helps with this sick I've had Iɽ do it again in a heartbeat. Probably not something Iɽ drink on the regular but I'm not much of a hot beverage guy anyways. I could see this being made cold as well with the honey and lemon and such and being a nice by the pool drink

I use a herbal lemon tea with an ounce of Jameson Irish whiskey, one teaspoon of pure all natural honey, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon in a 16 ounce coffee mug with only 14 ounces of hot water.

I used it for sore throat. We will see if it helps.

This is a good basic recipe. You can dress it up as you like. I use Rum, (amber or dark is best). You can also throw in a cinnamon stick, a clove, and/or a lemon slice. A pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon won't hurt. Experiment until you can't read the label on the rum bottle.

I don't think this needs to be made with an expensive whiskey, which makes it a great cheap bar drink! I use Bullet. Also a Meyer lemon really shines here and gives it a whole new delicious dimension. Agave nectar works well if you don't like honey. And of course, make it two ounces of whiskey rather than just one.

Remember to heat the glass. Plus I recommend using only lemon or orange twist, no juice. The hot water can be tea -nice twist )

My grandmother always used irish whiskey and added a whole clove.

I have an awful cold and this drink is helping to sooth my sore throat. I'm not a big fan of bourbon and honey, so I didn't think itɽ be very tasty, but it is delicious!

This is identical to my recipe, although I use 2 jiggers of bourbon. I highly recommend adding a few dashes of Bitters, as well. Angostura has healing powers!

Fabulous! I, too, have a terrible cold and this warm libation was definitely what my throat needed. So soothing, and definitely helps one to get off to sleep. Cheers!

Delicious! An extra squeeze of lemon added a nice bite.

Hubby came home early from work with a horrible cold and I made this for him. He loved it and said he may be sick more often if this is how I take care of him.

Having a craving for something honey flavoured in a household without huge stocks of much, I made this up with rum (Bundaberg Rum) instead of bourbon, being the only dark spirit in the house, and found the sweetness of the rum went quite well with it.

Hot Toddy

Long before modern medicine offered shelves of over-the-counter cold medicines at local drug stores, mothers and grandmothers had natural remedies to help alleviate the discomfort of a common cold. Crowning that list is a cocktail of sorts that soothes a sore throat, aides in relieving sinus pressure, and acts as a sleeping agent to combat the disquieting body aches typical of the worst colds. Make no mistake, we run to the drug store as quickly as you do when we aren&rsquot feeling well, but there&rsquos a level of comfort in sipping something warm, delicious, and wildly helpful in squelching the biting symptoms of a seasonal sickness in addition to taking the cold medicine working in our systems. Lemon and honey coat the throat and cut through the unpleasant mucus lingering in the head, the cinnamon offers nothing more than sweet warmth to the beverage, and the bourbon takes a more aggressive approach in combatting congestion. After drinking the whole Hot Toddy, the 1.5 oz of bourbon in the concoction both puts you at ease and helps you drift into sleep so your body can recover. Admittedly, even if you&rsquore not feeling sick, the drink is tasty enough to make for simple enjoyment on a cold evening. Whether it&rsquos for yourself or for a loved one, we recommend keeping this recipe in your back pocket.

Add bourbon, honey and lemon juice to your mug. Then add a cup of steaming hot water and stir to dissolve the honey.

You can use any mug you&rsquod like for a Hot Toddy. But the glass mugs are my favorite since you can see what you&rsquore drinking and the garnishes are more visible too. You can find an inexpensive set of glass mugs on Amazon. We use them all the time for coffee at my house since they are more substantially sized than a normal coffee mug. And they are good for sangria too!

Garnish your Hot Toddy with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick. That&rsquos it! Make more than one to share with others.

It is said that the best liquor to use for a Hot Toddy recipe is whatever you have on hand! No need to go out and buy anything fancy.

Fun Facts:

In Ireland, they use Irish whiskey. In Scotland, they use Scotch. And in the USA, we use whatever we can find!

It’s cold season and this winter has been harsh. Having succumbed to the evil flu earlier this week, I decided to explore the aged old cure all, the hot toddy. I started with a tea-based toddy, but really took to a clove, cinnamon and lemon rind mix. Simmering those spices unleashes all their goodness and lets it get into your bones, really.

Of course, you’ll want to keep doing all the other things you need to do to get over a cold.

Doubt the Toddy’s power? A nice reader credits this recipe for easing her father’s asthma. We’re not doctors, but we do think a well-made hot toddy can make that cold just a bit more bearable.

Check out these other great toddy recipes:


  • 1 oz whiskey, brandy or rum
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ lemon
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Whole clove


Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey, add liquor and juice of the lemon. On the side, boil water with cinnamon, cloves and lemon rind for about 3 minutes. Pour the water through a strainer into the mug. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge.

Go easy on the cloves. Use water that is just off the boil. Putting a spoon in the glass will prevent it cracking as you pour the water in. Use a lightly flavoured honey so it doesn't make your toddy taste like cough mixture. Drink while it is still quite hot – it will be more soothing that way. Do not take at the same time as any other medicine.

Some people suggest rum as an alternative. A couple of crushed juniper berries will add an aromatic citrus hit. Try a slice of apple in the drink. It will soak up the flavours, soften in the heat, and can be eaten when you get to the end – a bit like mulled cider. Allspice berries can be included with the cloves. Brown sugar is the answer for those who don't like honey. I have heard of some who add a slice of butter to their toddy. Not sure I could swallow that, but friends swear by it to calm a sore throat.

Hot Toddy Origin

Believed to have been invented in 1700s Scotland, the hot toddy is a go-to cocktail especially around Christmas-time, when immune systems are down and social commitments are way, way up. The citrus and tea mixed with whiskey or bourbon have long been thought to provide warmth and healing. The hot toddy is alternately called a hot whiskey (in Ireland), and you may also know it’s rum-based relative, the grog.

A Hot Toddy, also known as hot whiskey in Ireland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey, herbs and spices, and served hot. Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, or in wet or cold weather.

A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whisky), hot water, and honey. In Canada, maple syrup may be used. Additional ingredients such as cloves, a lemon slice or cinnamon are often also added. The Hot Toddy has been made and remade many times over the years and it's interesting to see the contrast between classic and modern recipes.

While the Hot Toddy often acts as a blank canvas for whatever variety of boozy ingredients its creator feels like customizing it with, the basic recipe is still a surefire classic to start experimenting with warm cocktails.

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