This warming Classic Hot Toddy recipe will warm you from the inside out! Lemon, honey (or maple syrup), and ginger are perfect complements if you’re feeling under the weather. Add a shot of whiskey and you’re all set for the best winter cocktail.
What is a Hot Toddy?
Known as a “hot whiskey” in Ireland, a hot toddy is a warmed drink made with liquor, water, honey, and lemon. Sometimes tea and other spices such as cinnamon are also added.
How To Make a Hot Toddy
While there are a lot of variations on this classic cocktail, the main steps are very simple!
- Start by heating some water (like you would for tea), and then add honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
- Then, you’ll mix in some whiskey, grated ginger, and lemon juice. That’s about it!
- You can serve the cocktail in a mug with a cinnamon stick and additional lemon round for garnish.
The key to making the bet hot toddy is to adjust lemon juice and sweetener to your personal preference. I like it to be very tangy. The ginger is technically optional but I think it adds the perfect amount of spice.
What is the best whiskey for a hot toddy?
Bourbon is the best kind of whiskey for a hot toddy, as it has a nice strong presence that is nicely complemented by the citrus juice. Wild Turkey is very strong, but adding it to this cocktail means it’s slightly watered down but still has a nice flavor. If you prefer a sweeter hot toddy, I recommend using Makers Mark. This is literally made with a sweet wheat so leans more saccharine when added to a drink.
Are Hot Toddies good when you have a cold?
Yes! Hot Toddies are often considered a “cure-all” if one is feeling under the weather. Lemon, honey, and ginger are used in many home remedies for those feeling sick. Lemon juice is full of vitamin C and honey can coat a scratchy throat. It’s debated whether or not drinking alcohol is advantageous when healing, so feel free to decide that for yourself 😂.
Where does the name come from?
A toddy is a drink made in India from the fermented sap of palm trees. The earliest mention of it was in 1786 with the definition: “a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices.”
I hope you enjoy this Classic Hot Toddy recipe! If you’re looking for more winter cocktails, try one of these next:Print