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How To Make A Hot Toddy

How to make a hot toddy – the Ultimate Guide. The ingredients, the tools, and a classic hot toddy recipe. Perfect for warming you up when you have a cold!

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Many people with sore throats, coughs, or colds will turn to hot toddies as their home remedies. Maybe its because they are so easy and simple to make. Maybe because its warmth really does soothe your throat.

Either way, people swear it makes you feel better and today I’m going to agree.

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how to make a hot toddy - the guide

What is a Hot Toddy?

I went to my good friend Wikipedia to help with this question. 

A hot toddy is a mixed drink made with hot water and liquor with honey, herbs, or spices. This cocktail goes back all the way to 1786!

How To Make A Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is one of the easiest drinks to make. That is especially helpful if you’re under the weather with a cold or the flu.

hot toddy ingredients

Hot Toddy Ingredients

A hot toddy comprises of the following ingredients

Ingredient Variations

Instead of hot water, consider using tea. Earl Grey is citrusy and is a great alternative.

The whiskey could easily be swapped out for rum or brandy. You could also use orange juice or slices instead of lemons or add additional spices like star anise. 

Hot Toddy Glassware

Because this is a hot drink, you will definitely need glasses with handles. I like these warm beverage mugs – they are the perfect size for a hot toddy.

I’m also particularly fond of these Hot Toddy Diagram glasses.

Hot Toddy for a Cold

I want to preface this by stating that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. That being said, there is a common belief that a hot toddy is a great home remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats.

Looking for more hot cocktails?

Try these:

one hot toddy in a clear glass
Hot Toddy Recipe

Hot Toddy Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

How to make a hot toddy - the Ultimate Guide. The ingredients, the tools, and a classic hot toddy recipe. Perfect for warming you up when you have a cold!


  • 1.5 ounces whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 ounces hot water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Combine the whiskey and honey in a glass. Top with hot water and lemon juice. Add a cinnamon stick to the glass and use that to stir the ingredients


Garnish with lemon slices and cinnamon sticks.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Good to know! Pinning!

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