Hot Toddy Recipes You Need to Try

After a long day of scraping ice off your car, dealing with end-of-the year work deadlines, and elbowing your way through holiday shoppers, it helps to know you can go home to a warm, soothing drink.

That’s why hot toddies are such a classic cocktail. The hot water, honey, lemon, and whiskey is a combination that could make anyone feel more relaxed, even during the most stressful season.

Rumor has it this boozy beverage can work wonders for a cold, too, but that’s not quite the case: though it can certainly help ease some of your symptoms, like a sore throat or achy muscles, it doesn’t contain any ingredients that are proven to actively fight a cold, Baldeep Singh, M.D., internal medicine doctor at Stanford Health Care recently told Men’s Health.

Nonetheless, you should try one, because they taste great. Next time the frigid air feels like it’s slapping you in the face, warm up with one of these hot toddy recipes.

classic hot toddy


Recipe from Pamela Wiznitzer, mixologist and creative director at Seamstress NY

What You Need:

  • 4 oz hot ginger tea
  • 1.5 oz blended scotch
  • .5 oz Islay scotch (peated)
  • .5 lemon juice
  • .5 honey syrup (2:1 Honey to water)
  • Pinch of cinnamon

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients into a mug and stir. Top with the cinnamon.

Photograph courtesy of Matt Klette, Redemption Whiskey Brand Ambassador


Recipe by Joe Riggs, Redemption Whiskey brand ambassador

What You Need:

  • 1 oz Redemption Rye
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey
  • 2 dashes fees barrel aged bitters
  • Hot chai tea

How to Make It:

Combine all rye, lemon, honey, and bitters in a mug. Fill the rest of your mug with hot chai and garnish with a lemon twist.

Photograph courtesy of Officine BRERA


Recipe from Tom Costello, head bartender at Officine BRERA in Los Angeles

What You Need:

  • 1 3/4 oz Whistle Pig Farmstock Rye
  • 1/2 oz Amaro Meletti
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey
  • 1/4 oz ginger syrup
  • chamomile tea

Add ingredients to glass mug, stir to combine, top with steaming hot chamomile tea. Garnish with clapped sprig of mint and cinnamon stick. If you don’t have ginger syrup, gently muddle a disc of ginger in mug and add an extra 1/4 oz of honey.

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Photograph courtesy of Galdo Photo


Recipe from Tomas van den Boomgaard, beverage manager at Travelle Kitchen + Bar in Chicago

What You Need:

  • 1.5 oz. Catchers Rye
  • .5 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • .5 oz. spiced syrup
  • apple cranberry tea (buy it here)

How to Make It:

Mix whiskey, liqueur, and spiced syrup. Top with apple cranberry tea. Garnish with rosemary sprig weighed down with a cherry, paired with a cinnamon stick and orange peel.

To make your own spiced syrup:

  • 2:2 Turbinado sugar to water
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 1/4 cup cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup allspice berries
  • 1 vanilla stick

Combine all ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes, strain solids and cool down. Then add to your hot toddy.

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Photograph courtesy of Headquarters Beercade


Recipe by Zach Rivera, beverage director of Headquarters Beercade in Chicago and Nashville

What You Need:

  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .75 oz pear syrup
  • .75 oz Dolin Blanc
  • .75 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Pinot Grigio
  • 6 oz Earl Grey tea

How to Make It:

Combine all ingredients into a mug and stir.

Additional reporting by Christina S. Austin

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