Countdown with Cocktails- 7: Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy, also spelled toddie or totty, is a drink made with either whiskey, bourbon or sometimes brandy, a sweet element like sugar or honey and boiling water, a bit like a hot old-fashioned without the bitters. Other tradtional accompaniments include tea, lemon, cloves, and cinnamon.

This drink was believed to releive cold and flu symptoms, Vitamin C for health, honey to soothe and alcohol to numb, however it serves better as a delicious warming and effervescent libation that you can customize to fit your tastes. I've had some with warmed ginger ale, apple cider or cranberry juice in place of the water and Rum as the base.

Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy

  • 1 1/2 oz Whiskey, Bourbon, Brandy or Dark Rum
  • 1/4 oz sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 2 – 4 oz heated water, tea, cider, cranberry juice or ginger ale

Add alcohol, sweetener and lemon juice to a mug

Pour heated liquid over top and garnish with a cinnamon stick and or lemon wheel

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