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3 Delicious Hot Toddy Recipes That Will Banish Your Cold

The first cold breeze of winter seems to bring sniffles and chills along with it.

It also means a killer excuse to break out your favorite bottle of whiskey, bourbon, brandy or rum. Some recent studies suggest grandma’s original hot toddy recipe really does ease cold symptoms. These three hot toddy recipes give a slightly different spin on the classic feel-good beverage.

The Original

Let’s start things off on the traditional foot. If you haven’t learned to make a classic hot toddy yet, here’s your chance.


  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water

Place the whiskey, honey and lemon juice in your favorite mug. Meanwhile, heat up the water to boiling in a kettle. Pour the water over the ingredients in the mug and stir. Add more lemon or honey to taste if you like it a little sweeter or brighter.

Sweet Bourbon Toddy


This sweet spin on the original toddy is a delicious alternative for those who prefer their beverages taste just like dessert.


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 strip of lemon peel
  • 1 splash of apple cider (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Mix together the honey and hot water in a mug until combined. Add the bourbon and stir. Place the lemon peel in the drink. Add about a tablespoon of apple cider into the mug if you like your drink on the sweeter side. Stir the ingredients together with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.

Apple Pie Hot Toddy

This delicious twist on the classic remedy tastes like dessert and relaxation in a mug.


  • 2-3 tablespoons brandy or rum (you can get fancy and add apple brandy instead)
  • 1 cup water
  • Tiny pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lemon wedge

Stir together the brandy (or rum) and hot water in a mug. Add the tiniest dash of ground nutmeg (believe me, you don’t want to overdo the nutmeg). Drop a star anise into the mix along with a splash of apple cider for a sweet fix. Stir the honey into the mixture with your cinnamon sticks and finish off with a quick squeeze of lemon. Voila!

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