Hot toddy in glass mugs on silver platter

Warm cocktails are where it’s at on chilly nights. Nothing like a hot toddy on a cold night to warm you up. The aromas from the lemon, cinnamon and whiskey engulf you like a giant blanket. I think of this cocktail as a boozy tea. But we do have a boozy tea here! Check it out.

Maybe then I’ll call this the lazy boozy tea. Emphasis on the lazy. Haha. I often joke that this cocktail and or a shot of tequila will kill any onset of a cold. *I’m not a doctor, and you shouldn’t drink alcohol with any medication. Back in the day, however, they did think whiskey was medicinal. And used whiskey for medicinal purposes. But we know today that’s not the case. This cocktail without the whiskey is a great alternative for when you are feeling under the weather.

For those of us not under the weather, we add whiskey! I used to drink this on chilly nights out on the town *reminiscing of those days when we could roam freely with not a care in the world. Long gone are those days! Now I make them for myself, for a quarter of the price, in my sweats watching my crime documentaries. Cliché? Maybe, but long hair don’t care. It was national hot toddy day on Tuesday- so in true fashion, we bring it to you today 😉 What can we say, at least we’re consistent. HA!

Hot Toddy

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Let the warmth of the classic Hot Toddy fill all your senses. This easy-to-make cocktail brings warmth to those chilly nights, or great for a nightcap. 


  • 2 oz. Whiskey
  • 2 1/2 tbsp oz. Lemon juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
  • 2 tbsp Honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 Cinnamon stick (optional for garnish)
  • 1 Lemon round


  1. Heat your water (I usually just microwave mine in a microwave-safe mug)
  2. Stir in your honey and lemon until dissolved.
  3. Add in your Whiskey
  4. Garnish with your lemon round and stir with your cinnamon stick.

Tips & Tricks

  • Substitute honey for agave – although agave does have a different taste. So if you aren’t used to it, I’d stick to the honey. Or 100% maple syrup!
  • If you did want to make it a real tea, add a black tea bag to steep for a couple of minutes.
  • If you don’t like whiskey, or don’t have any on hand you substitute it with a spiced rum or cognac/brandy.