Some Like [Their Toddy] Hot

Here's a great classic whiskey drink you can make at home for family and friends during Thanksgiving, or for your clientele that are seeking a fun and toasty beverage to warm them up.

The History and [Possible] Benefits of the Hot Toddy

A Hot Toddy, also known as hot whisky in Scotland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey, herbs and spices, and served hot. Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, or in wet or cold weather. 

Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu—in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as "the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb."

The word toddy comes from the toddy drink in India, produced by fermenting the sap of palm trees. Its earliest known use to mean "a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices" is from 1786.

How to Make A Hot Toddy


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 fluid ounces boiling water
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice lemon
  • Loose Lemons 1 Each
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  • Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. 
  • Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and put in the slice of lemon. 
  • Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving.

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