Hot Toddy

A good Hot Toddy is the best way to warm up on cold winter days. I'm no doctor, but these also make me feel better if I have a sore throat, or if I'm just not feeling great in general. If you're really feeling sick or taking medications try this recipe minus the whiskey, just to be safe!

Although there are Hot Toddy recipes out there that call for other spirits, I can't imagine one with anything but whiskey. The warm notes of caramel and oak pair perfectly with the honey and lemon, as well as the herbal notes in the tea. I like to stick with a whiskey that's around 100 proof for this recipe so that it doesn't get completely lost when you add the water. 

Not all Hot Toddy recipes call for tea, but I think it adds a depth of flavor that really brings the drink together. You can use any kind of tea you like, but I've found that this recipe works best with a variation of black teas. My favorites are Orange Spice Black Tea and Earl Gray. 

Hot Toddy
Makes 1 drink


  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye
  • 1.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tea bag (flavor of your choice)
  • Hot water
  • Lemon wheel &/or cinnamon stick (optional


Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and honey into a mug

2 Fill with hot water and stir

3 Add your tea bag to the mug to steep; remove after 5-10 minutes 

4 Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or cinnamon stick (optional) 


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Sara Ahlgrim 
Co-founder of It's Bourbon Night & Whiskey Ambitions

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