Hot Toddy Classic Whiskey Cocktail

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The Hot Toddy is a classic warming cocktail that makes a perfect winter drink. It’s served hot, but it also has spices and honey along with whiskey. You can use dark rum if you prefer.

I think of it as something like a mulled wine with whiskey instead of wine. It’s as much of a classic as that one or the Hot Buttered Rum.

Everyone has their own way of making this drink. You can add the spices and lemon last, for example. I like to add them first and then pour the boiling water right over them so it releases a lot of flavor.

Hot Toddy cocktail on table with fall leaves and gourds

Hot Toddy cocktail on table with fall leaves and gourds

Hot Toddy Classic Whiskey Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Hot Toddy is a classic warming cocktail that makes a perfect winter drink. It's served hot, but it also has spices and honey along with whiskey. You can use dark rum if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces boiling water
  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon slice
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Place the slice of lemon at the bottom of a glass mug
  2. Drop the pinch of nutmeg on top of it
  3. Drop in cinnamon stick and cloves
  4. Add the honey
  5. Pour in the boiling water
  6. Pour in whiskey
  7. Add the honey
  8. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and give it stir with the cinnamon stick
  9. Remove the lemon and cloves since from the bottom
  10. Garnish with a fresh lemon wheel

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Last Updated:

October 25, 2023