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National Hot Toddy Day!

The Hot Toddy is amongst the classic winter cocktail favorites because it warms the soul and also helps remedy the common cold. A classic cocktail that unfortunately is not found on too many cocktail lists, the Hot Toddy is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night, or used as a night cap.

In 18th century Western Europe, the Hot Toddy was created by barmen who would pour hot water in their whiskey just to stay warm.   Now, although the recipe only calls for two additional ingredients, the Toddy has many variations for you to enjoy.

You can create a Hot Toddy with just hot water, lemon, honey and your whiskey of choice. Or, you could add a tea bag, change the whiskey to rum or brandy, and add different fruits and spices to the mix.

One thing you do want to make sure you add to the Hot Toddy is your garnish. This cocktail should be served with a lemon wheel pinned with cloves. By floating this in your drink, the lemon will block the steam from billowing up, which enhances the cloves’ aromatics causing you to have a more flavorful beverage.

Here’s the rundown on how to make your Hot Toddy:


  • 4 oz. of hot water
  • 1½ oz. of Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz. of honey syrup.
  • Lemon and cloves for garnish

In your mug add the whiskey, honey syrup (or any other sweetener will do), top with hot water, and add your garnish. Simple as that!