Hot Toddy

Recipe of the Month

Hot Toddy

Cold weather is the season for Hot Toddy. It is the perfect drink to sip by the fireplace  to warm up. The drink is loved by so many that it even has its own national day, January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day. In the honor of winter’s arrival we are sharing two Hot Toddy Recipes for you to enjoy. But first here is a little bit more about the drink and its origins… 

What’s a Hot Toddy? 

Hot Toddy is a tea-like drink that is made from lemon, honey, and a touch of spirit, typically bourbon/scotch/whiskey, of your choice. The traditional hot today recipe was honey, lemon, tea or hot water and alcohol.

The Origins of The Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy is thought to be invented in Scotland during the 18th century. It is believed that the bartenders in Scotland and England poured hot water into their scotch to stay warm. The word has been in use since 1786. Hot Toddy was originally thought to be a medicinal drink that could help combat cold-like symptoms. There is also a theory that the drink gets its name from a Dublin-born physician “Robert Bentley Todd” who used to prescribe a brandy drink called “hot toddy”, The spices help by increasing saliva which helps the dry throat, the honey helps in soothing the throat and the alcohol helps in numbing or helping with the pain. It is known today that it does improve and help battle with symptoms of the cold such as cough and sore throat however if you actually have a cold it might be smart to keep the alcohol on the low side. 

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

Yield: 1 Cocktail Prep Time: 2 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 7 minutes

½ cup apple cider
2 ounces Bulleit bourbon (or spirit of choice)
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp of honey


Combine all the ingredients, apple cider, cinnamon, honey, lemon, in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over low-medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Top the drink with a splash of your choice of alcohol and it’s ready to serve! Remove from heat, add the bourbon, and stir, and it’s ready to serve! 

Local Tip: Don’t put the alcohol until you are almost ready to serve since it will evaporate. If you are serving a group of people, keep simmering on the stove and serve the hot toddy with a ladle and mugs.

Traditional Hot Toddy Recipe

Yield: 1 Cocktail Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes

¾ cup water
1 ½ ounces whiskey (or spirit of choice)
2 teaspoons of honey
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick or lemon round (to garnish) 


First, heat the water in a teapot/kettle or saucepan. Later add the honey, lemon, and whiskey. Taste and add more lemon or honey based on your taste. Finish it off by adding a cinnamon stick or lemon round. Enjoy your drink!