A Hot Toddy is a classic and comforting alcoholic beverage, especially popular during the colder months, often served as a soothing and warming drink. Enjoy it as a cozy drink to warm up on a chilly day or sip when you feel under the weather. It’s also a classic cocktail that is served with Christmas menus and enjoyed with other New Year’s Eve cocktails. For another adult beverage that will warm you up on a cold, winter day, mix together this Hot Buttered Rum.
What Is A Hot Toddy?
A Hot Toddy is an alcoholic drink that is served hot, usually in a mug. It consists of basic ingredients of hot water, whiskey, sweetener, citrus, and spices. It has a long history with roots in India and further development in Scotland and Ireland, where it is known as ‘hot whiskey’.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Water: Boiling water serves as the base of this drink. It provides warmth to the drink but also helps release the flavors of the other ingredients.
Honey: Honey is a natural sweetener for the hot toddy. It is also often used to soothe a sore throat. You could also make the drink with maple syrup.
Lemon Juice: I prefer freshly squeezed lemon juice for the drink. However, bottled juice works, too. And, it provides a little vitamin C to the cocktail!
Whiskey: Whiskey is the alcoholic component of the drink. However, you can make the drink with something like bourbon, scotch, brandy, or dark rum, too.
Cinnamon Stick: A cinnamon stick is used as a garnish in the drink and gives it a warm and spicy fragrance. If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon in the drink.
Lemon Slice: The lemon slice looks appealing as a garnish and adds even more citrusy flavor to the hot toddy.
Slow Cooker Hot Toddy’s
To make this in a slow cooker, simply multiply the recipe by ten.
Combine all but the whiskey in a slow cooker set on high for 2 hours. Stir occasionally for 2 hours on high. When ready to start serving, switch the slow cooker to low.
When ready to serve, fill a mug with toddy mix and add about 2 ounces of whiskey to the individual mug.
Can I Make A Hot Toddy Without Alcohol?
Absolutely! You can make a non-alcoholic Hot Toddy (mocktail) by substituting whiskey with hot tea or hot water. Simply add honey, lemon juice, a cinnamon stick, and a lemon slice to enjoy a comforting, alcohol-free version.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon
- cinnamon stick, for garnish
- 1 slice lemon, for garnish
- *OPTIONAL: Vanilla Simple Syrup 1-2 teaspoons
- To a mug, add boiling water, honey, lemon juice, and whiskey. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a lemon slice. Enjoy!
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
This is such a comforting warm drink. Perfect for the MN weather we are about to get!
Winter is coming, whether I am ready for it or not, and this drink is perfect for the cold months ahead. It is relaxing and soothing, perfect to sip around a fire or curled up with a book.
This is a warm and comforting drink that is perfect for a colder day! It makes me want to put on fuzzy socks and sit by the fireplace. The whiskey is subtle, so it isn't too strong!
Love a hot toddy! This one does not disappoint. Perfect for the cold winter months!