Hot Toddy

A Hot Toddy is a drink typically made with whisky, honey, water, and spices, and served hot. It is often drunk as a nightcap or to relieve cold or flu symptoms.


  • 60ml whisky
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 180ml boiling water
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Pour the whisky, honey, and boiling water into a mug.
  2. Stir until the honey has dissolved.
  3. Add the lemon slice and cinnamon stick.
  4. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the lemon slice and cinnamon stick before drinking.

The Hot Toddy is a simple and versatile drink. It can be made with any kind of whisky, and the honey and spices can be varied to taste. For a non-alcoholic version, substitute the whisky with 60ml of hot water and a dash of lemon juice.

Potential changes & improvements

As the Hot Toddy is such a simple drink, there are endless possibilities for changes and improvements. Some other ideas include:

  • Adding a pinch of ground cloves or nutmeg
  • Replacing the lemon with a slice of orange
  • Using a different kind of honey
  • Using a flavoured whisky, such as bourbon or rye

What other food it works well with

The Hot Toddy goes well with a variety of food. Some suggestions include:

  • Roasted meats
  • Smoked salmon
  • Apple pie
  • Pumpkin pie

Common Mistakes

When making a Hot Toddy, it is important to avoid some common mistakes:

  • Adding too much whisky – this will make the drink too strong and overpower the other flavours
  • Not stirring the honey enough – this will result in a drink that is too sweet
  • Using cold water – this will not allow the flavours to infuse properly

Nutritional Information

A Hot Toddy made with 60ml of whisky contains approximately:

  • 160 calories
  • 0g fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 0g carbohydrate
  • 0g sugar
  • 0g protein

A Hot Toddy made with 60ml of hot water and a dash of lemon juice contains approximately:

  • 35 calories
  • 0g fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 9g carbohydrate
  • 6.3g sugar
  • 0.3g protein


  • Whisky
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon

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