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Hot Toddy Day

January 11: National Hot Toddy Day

Happy National Hot Toddy Day! We looooove Hot Toddy, for so many reasons. Let’s name a few:

  • In the cold of winter, a nice hot adult beverage is so comforting and just hits the spot.
  • It’s versatile – this cocktail doesn’t require any one specific liquor; use what you’ve got on hand
  • Not only will it warm you up and give you a nice buzz, but if you are sick or coming down with something, this helps! It’s literally medicinal!

What’s not to love? If you’re under the weather, maybe skip over-the-counter cough medicine in favor a nice hot toddy. The whiskey helps you sleep, the honey soothes your throat, the lemon provides a burst of citrus flavor and a (wee) hit of Vitamin C. Sounds tasty to me!

Whiskey Business coffee mug

Classic Hot Toddy

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Bring the water to a simmer. Fill the mug with hot water. Give it a whirl, dump the water, then add ¾ cup for your beverage.
Add the whiskey, 2 teaspoons honey and 2 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir until the honey has dissolved.
Taste. Stir in 1 more teaspoon honey for more sweetness; 1 more teaspoon lemon juice if it needs more zing.
Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick (if using). Enjoy!


• Our recipe calls for whiskey (bourbon, scotch, or rye), but this totally works with dark rum or brandy, depending on what you have on hand, depending on your taste preference.

• Our recipe calls for just water, but you could certainly replace that with tea, to change things up. Try basic black tea, green tea, or camomile (or, again, whatever you have on hand/prefer.)

• Honey is the classic sweetener, but brown sugar or maple syrup, would work. Agave nectar is an excellent substitute because it retains that rich flavor that honey brings to warm drinks. Simple syrup is an option, and when all else fails, table sugar easily dissolves in a hot beverage.

• The lemon in this cocktail provides a little zing and just the tiniest bit of Vitamin C. You can switch out your citrus, depending on your preference or what you have on hand. Orange or grapefruit would work, and we love Meyer Lemon, when it’s in season. Fresh squeezed is always preferred, but a splash of lemon juice (the bottled kind) would work in a pinch.

• The cinnamon stick garnishes and complements the flavors in this beverage. However, don’t be afraid to throw in a whole clove or slice of fresh ginger.

• Lastly, Apple Cider Vinegar. Add a splash and see what you think. Some swear it boosts the flavor (as well as the health benefits) others aren’t a fan. There it is; you do you.

Hey~ why’s it called a “Hot Toddy?” We wondered, too. Wikipedia won’t take sides, claiming the name comes from the alcoholic drink ‘toddy’ originating in India or could also have been named for Dr. Robert Bentley Todd for his prescription of a hot drink of brandy. Go with whichever works better for you.

Cheers! Did you make this beverage? Snap a pic and hashtag it #coffeeandcocktailswithmc. We love to see your creations on Facebook.

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