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Hot Toddy Drink – a hug from the inside

It’s Hot Toddy Drink season. a.k.a. cold weather season! Time to curl up by a roaring fire, catch up on old movies, and grab a soul-warming adult beverage!

hot toddy drink horizontal in mugs

This warm cocktail is top of my list if you’re looking for a Hot Alcoholic Drink to warm you up from the inside out. Especially if you’re nursing a wee bit of a cold.

It’s been around forever and many call it the “get well elixir of life.” While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, there’s no doubt that sipping on this warm, whiskey-filled, lemon-tinged drink can, in fact, make you feel one heck of a lot better!

Whiskey pouring into hot toddy drink

The hot toddy drink can be made with either bourbon or whiskey, so make sure to use your liquor of choice! I like it with whiskey, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of bourbon! Nothing wrong at all…

How to Make a Hot Toddy Drink

Pour 8 ounces of very hot water into a glass mug and add 1 1/2 ounces of whiskey (can use bourbon). Stir in some honey and lemon juice. Use a cinnamon stick if you have one – it adds a nice, spicy touch. Top with a lemon wheel and sip away!

I use these glass mugs when I make a hot toddy.

Hot toddy drink with lemon wheel in hand

Like all classic cocktails, the origin of the hot toddy recipe is disputed. Some say it started in India when it was under British control. The cold, wet dampness of the UK and the need for a warm-you-up drink, combined with the wonderful spices of India and BAM! This amazing warm cocktail was born.

Others say it is Irish and was invented by a Dr. Robert Todd to help his sick patients feel better. (You can read more about that in this article on the origin of the hot toddy drink.)

I have no idea where the truth lies, but I do know this… the Hot Toddy Drink is warm and smooth, and the hint of lemon, honey, and cinnamon will make just about anyone feel better.

vertical hot toddy drink with lemon and cinnamon

So grab yourself a mug, throw on your fuzzy socks, heat up some water, and toss in all that goodness and enjoy your Hot Toddy Drink!

Here are a couple of other great cocktail recipes for you!

hot toddy in mug
Hot Toddy Drink - a hug from the inside
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Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 minutes
hot toddy in mug
Hot Toddy Drink - a hug from the inside
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: drink
Instructions
  1. Combine hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon juice in a mug and stir well. Garnish with lemon wheel and cinnamon stick. Serve hot.