Simple Whiskey Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe

A soothing warm drink to cure what ales you, the classic hot toddy is a winter staple. Learn how to make this cocktail and some recipe variations to create the perfect drink.

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The recipe for a hot toddy varies but in the end it’s a warm drink that combines a dark spirit like Whiskey along with hot water, lemon and honey. It’s typically served during wet or cold months to fight off a cold and warm you up inside and out.

What’s in a hot toddy?

There are 4 main ingredients in a hot toddy. Start with this base and vary the ratios of each until you have a drink that suits your taste.

hot toddy with lemon and cinnamon stick
  • Dark spirits. Whiskey, bourbon, dark rum and brandy work best in this drink. Pick your favorite, or go with what you have in the cabinet to start your drink.
  • Lemon. A wedge of fresh lemon squeezed into this drink and used as a garnish is essential.
  • Sweetener. Honey is my go-to sweetener in a hot toddy. You can also try brown sugar or simple syrup.
  • Hot water. Just plain boiling water will do. You can also try chamomile tea to add a deeper flavor to your drink.

Once you have the basic cocktail down, try adding a few other flavors to enhance the drink and it’s cold fighting prpoerties.

  • Ginger. A slice of fresh ginger stirred in will give a spicy flavor and add to the immune boosting properties of this cocktail.
  • Nutmeg and cloves add spice and deep flavor as well. Try adding a few whole cloves to the wedge of lemon and letting it soak in your drink.
  • Star anise. Not only will this spice add flavor, it makes a lovely garnish for the top of your drink.
Hot toddy cocktail recipe

Simple Whiskey Hot Toddy

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A soothing warm drink perfect for a cold day.


  • 1 ounce Whiskey
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • Boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Lemon wedge


  1. In a tall mug combine whiskey, lemon juice and honey. Stir to combine.
  2. Top with hot water and stir.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon wedge.


This drink can be made with any dark spirit. Try brandy, bourbon or dark rum.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

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A hot toddy is best enjoyed on a cold day, or as a night cap. Or both! Make a mug after a long day in the snow to warm you up. It’s also an ideal drink to boost your immune system and fight off a pending cold.

This warm and delicious drink has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Why not give it a try and enjoy one yourself.

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