Hot Toddy

Published on Nov 13, 2017

Did you know that hot-toddy was not that hot, to begin with?  Yes, this drink was served room temperature, and for a while, this was the tradition.  The hot toddy that we have come to know today most likely come to us from Scotland.  The drink originally was made with whiskey, honey, hot water, and spices like nutmeg, and was promoted as a cold cure.  The marriage of these ingredients can invigorate any soul on a cold day.  The toddy eventually made its way across the ocean to the America, where it was slightly adjusted to use brandy as a basis, instead of whiskey.

Like all great cocktails, the base recipe is just a foundation and it can be built upon with flavors as per your own preferences.  For example, I personally like to add Spiced Apple Cider instead of water or tea as some recipes suggest.  Or you can use apples or oranges instead of lemon wedges.  Don’t be afraid to experiment!


Hot Toddy
  1. 1 oz Applejack Brandy
  2. 1/4 cup boiling-hot Spiced Apple Cider
  3. 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  4. 1 tbl Honey
  5. Cinnamon stick and Apple/Lemon slice for garnish
  1. Boil Spiced Apple Cider in a small pot.
  2. Add all ingredients together.
  3. Garnish and enjoy!
  1. Be CAREFUL, don't burn your mouth.

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