Classic Hot Toddy & Variations

A Hot Toddy & Variations

A nice warm drink can be truly savored as the evenings get cooler. A classic hot toddy is light and refreshing, not too sweet, and just the thing to warm up your insides. It’s the perfect end to an evening, sipped slowly – ideal for both socializing and enjoying on your own.
Course Drinks
Servings 1


Classic version

  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey
  • 3 teaspoons Honey
  • 3 teaspoons Lemon juice
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick to garnish


  • 3/4 cup steeped black tea instead of water
  • 1 1/2 ounces Bourbon dark rum, or brandy instead of whiskey
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar optional
  • 3 teaspoons Maple syrup instead of honey


  • Bring the water to a light boil, and pour into a mug. If you are using tea, then boil the water, and add the tea bag.
  • Add the whiskey or spirits, honey or maple syrup, and lemon juice.
  • Stir briskly until the honey has dissolved. Discard the tea bag at this point, if you are using tea instead of plain water.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, if you are using it.
  • Garnish with a round lemon slice and cinnamon stick.
  • Serve hot.
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