Classic Hot Toddy Recipe You'll Make Again and Again

Hot toddies — or hottie totties, as I sometimes like to call them — were one of the original hot cocktails and while the exact origins are unknown, it’s widely accepted that hot toddies were invented in Scotland in the 1700s.

I like to spice it up a bit with cinnamon and cloves (also very good for you, health-wise) and add a shot of honey whiskey, which subtly enhances the sweetness.

Honey whiskey is tasty. Since you’re not drinking this stuff on the rocks, a mid-grade honey whiskey works well for making hot toddies. (I also love it with maple whiskey.)


2 tablespoons honey 3 ounces honey whiskey 2 bags black tea 2 cinnamon sticks 12 whole cloves 2 lemon slices


Between two mugs, add the lemon juice, honey, honey whiskey, tea bags, and cinnamon.


Pour the hot water over these ingredients and allow the tea to steep for about 3 minutes.


Remove the tea bags and stir the hot toddy until well blended.

To garnish, stick a few cloves (pointy ends in) through a slice of lemon. Float a clove-studded lemon in each mug and serve.


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