Is the Hot Toddy the cure-all cocktail cold remedy of all time? I’m not sure, but I will admit, it’s the ultimate warming cocktail on a cold wintery night. My bourbon Hot Toddy recipe is sure to be the pick-me-up you need to get through that blistering December to March stretch.
If you’re here because you’ve got a head cold, I guarantee this will help breathe a little life into you.
How to Make a Hot Toddy
Believe it or not, the Hot Toddy is not made with tea. In fact, it’s a classic cocktail made with hot water, whiskey, honey (or sugar), fresh lemon juice, and sometimes a cinnamon stick garnish.
Prepare really hot, nearly boiling water and stir in honey, bourbon, and fresh lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and cinnamon stick and serve in a glass mug or any heat-safe mug.
The cinnamon stick is totally optional If you don’t have any on hand, but it adds a nice touch and really steeps into the cocktail as you sip. A must-have if making for a crowd.
Best Whiskey for a Hot Toddy?
I like to use bourbon, however, your favorite whiskey should do the trick. Don’t break the bank on top-shelf whiskey as we’re adding quite a bit of water to the cocktail. Makers Mark, Four Roses, or Bulleit should work wonders.
You can sub out brandy as well, or my personal favorite twist, Applejack brandy for a hint of apple flavor. It’s actually amazing.
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My bourbon Hot Toddy, made with honey, fresh lemon juice, and a cinnamon stick, is sure to be the pick-me-up you need to get through the winter months.
- 3/4 cup, very hot water
- 1–1 1/2 ounces bourbon, rye or Applejack brandy*
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick for garnish
- Pour very hot water into a glass mug, stir in bourbon, lemon juice, and honey until fully disolved.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel and cinnamon stick.
Use 1 ounce whiskey for more mild flavor, 1 1/2 if you’re not afraid of bourbon like me. Interestingly enough, hot water activates the bourbon, making it taste stronger.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 167
- Sugar: 17.7g
- Sodium: 6mg
- Fat: 0.2g
- Saturated Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 17.8g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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