Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

Quick Facts

Cocktail History

The Hot Toddy has been around for centuries and is one of the earliest recorded cocktails. Most historians agree that Hot Toddies were commonly consumed in the 17th century, made with whiskey, tea, hot water, and spices like nutmeg and clove. Some people even say it was used as a homemade remedy to soothe colds and flu before modern medicine time – though there is no scientific evidence to prove this! Hot Toddies have come a long way since the 1600s and have evolved into different variations depending on where you are in the world. The classic Hot Toddy recipe is still popular to this day, but many bartenders now innovate with other ingredients such as brandy or ginger ale for a new twist on an old-fashioned favorite.


  • 1 ½ oz Whiskey
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish)

Cocktail Preparation

In a teapot or pan, bring the water to a simmer and pour it into a mug. Add the 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 of teaspoon lemon juice. Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water. Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick (if using). Enjoy!

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