Hot Toddy, who doesn’t love a cup of comfort when they are not feeling well, have a cold, sore throat, or are just plain in need of serious comfort! An easy Hot Toddy is just the ticket for a quick fix for some much-needed comfort!
A tasty blend of citrus, spices and good old-fashioned Whiskey, Irish Whiskey if my Mom is making it will do the trick to help relieve that cough or cold!
Tis the Season for colds, flu, aches, and pains! Thus it is time for Hot Toddy season! The regulars here at EE know my Mom, the originator of The Best Bloody Mary. She has been making Hot Toddies even longer than Bloody Marys! My friends, this is one epic feel better drink with a kick from whiskey!
When anyone has a slight cough, we joke, you need a Hot Toddy tonight! No shocker here, my Mom is usually the first to suggest a toddy! While my mom prefers Irish Whiskey, any whiskey or rye does the trick for a great Hot Toddy to treat a cough or cold!
The hubs took me on a much-needed getaway for a few days for New Years! The first year he was not working the NYC ball drop in about 14 years. Such a great trip, we spend a few days in Montauk, NY. We had a great trip and great weather!
The hotel is right on the ocean and had a huge firepit! We enjoyed hot toddies by the fire, very expensive drinks, but what can you do when you are traveling and in need of pure comfort!
I knew once the hubs told me how expensive they were, I needed to share my recipe so you can enjoy a great toddy at home for much less!
Ingredients to Make a Traditional Hot Toddy:
- Whiskey or Irish Whiskey are my top choices
- honey, if vegan – pure maple syrup
- lemon juice
- lemon wedges
- ground cloves
- cinnamon sticks
- fresh ginger slices, if unavailable – ground ginger
Where did the Hot Toddy originate?
The word Taddy dates back to British ruled India in the 1600s, which meant beverage made from fermented palm sap. That evolved into a beverage made with liquor, spices, sugar and hot water in the late 1700s. The rest is history and the hot toddy is a winner.
What type of Whiskey is best to make a Traditional Hot Toddy?
Jameson Irish Whiskey, Makers Mark Whiskey, Canadian Club Rye, and Tullamore Dew Whiskey all make great toddies.
Can another alcohol besides whiskey be used to make a Hot Toddy Drink?
Absolutely, feel free to change-up your preference in alcohol. Scotch, Brandy, Rum or Bourbon. Some even use vodka.
Does a Hot Toddy really cure a cough or cold?
Does Chicken Soup cure a cold? Can a great cup of tea make your day better? Maybe not, but they sure can help make you feel a bit better. So why not give it a go and see why my Mom is always right! This toddy is my go to adult feel better drink!
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How to Make a Great Hot Toddy:
- Fill a tea kettle with water. Bring water to a boil.
- Pour whiskey, lemon juice, and honey into a mug.
- Top with hot water.
- Add lemon slice, fresh ginger, cloves, and cinnamon stick.
- Serve and enjoy.
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A delicious and comforting Hot Toddy! This is a make you feel better with a little whiskey, lemons, ginger, and some spices. For our over 21 friends!
- 8 ounces water
- 1 ounce whiskey Note 1
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey Note 2
- 1 slice fresh ginger optional Note 3
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves Note 4
- 1 cinnamon stick optional garnish
- 1 lemon slice optional garnish
In a teapot, over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil.
Into a mug add and stir whiskey, lemon juice, honey, and boiled water.
Add in fresh ginger and cloves, cinnamon stick, and lemon slice. Serve and enjoy.
Note 1: Whiskey or Irish whiskey make a classic Hot Toddy. Bourbon, Rum, Brandy, or Scotch can be used as well.
Note 2: Vegan option, maple syrup.
Note 3: Ginger is my addition, I add fresh ginger to anything I can. (optional)
Note 4: Whole cloves are also an option
- Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes.