A Hot Toddy is a classic warm drink that’s often enjoyed as a remedy for colds or simply as a comforting beverage. Here’s a basic recipe for making a Hot Toddy:


  • 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) whiskey (bourbon or Scotch are popular choices)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Optional: Cinnamon stick, lemon wedge, or a clove for garnish


  1. Choose Your Whiskey: Select your preferred whiskey. Bourbon and Scotch are commonly used, but feel free to choose one that suits your taste.
  2. Prepare a Mug: Use a heat-resistant mug or glass to make your Hot Toddy.
  3. Add Honey: Place a tablespoon of honey into the mug. The honey not only sweetens the drink but also helps soothe a sore throat.
  4. Add Lemon Juice: Squeeze half a lemon to obtain about 1/2 oz (15 ml) of fresh lemon juice. Pour the lemon juice into the mug.
  5. Pour Whiskey: Add 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) of your chosen whiskey to the mug.
  6. Boil Water: Heat one cup of water until it’s hot but not boiling. You can use a kettle or microwave.
  7. Pour Hot Water: Pour the hot water into the mug, over the honey, lemon juice, and whiskey. Stir well to combine.
  8. Optional Garnish: If you like, garnish your Hot Toddy with a cinnamon stick, a slice of lemon, or a clove.
  9. Enjoy: Sip your Hot Toddy slowly and savour the warmth. It’s a cozy and comforting drink, especially during colder weather or when you’re feeling under the weather.

Remember that the alcohol in the Hot Toddy may provide a sense of warmth, but it’s essential to drink responsibly. Adjust the ingredients according to your taste preferences, and feel free to experiment with different types of whiskey or additional spices to customize your Hot Toddy.