Hot Toddy Cocktail

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Hot Toddy cocktails

A Hot Toddy cocktail is one of those things in life that truly (like truly truly) soothes. As a nightcap, it gives you that same warm and cosy vibe you get when easing into the perfect hot bubble bath after a long day – absolute bliss, the kind that makes your heart smile.  




For a piping hot drink, add boiling water to your serving mug and set it aside for a few minutes to warm up, before pouring it out and adding your Hot Toddy cocktail. Easy!


No lemons at home? Use fresh oranges instead.


For a different spin on your Hot Toddy, use maple syrup, honey or agave nectar as a sweetener instead of sugar.



1 Person

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

Fresh lemon juice
Teaspoons brown sugar
Sliced lemon
Boiling water  


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Take a slice of lemon, press the cloves into the lemon round and set aside 


Boil water and fill a mug to the three-quarter mark


Pour in the whiskey and lemon juice and stir in the sugar until dissolved


Add the clove-studded lemon wheel and allow to infuse


Serve in a warmed mug

The history of the Hot Toddy cocktail

The first Hot Toddy ingredients were believed to have been mixed together in the mid-1800s. The recipe was very basic, containing a spirit of sorts, sugar and hot water. If you were lucky enough to have some, you could add spice or lemon peel.  

The ‘spirits of sorts’ can be Irish whiskey, scotch, brandy, rum or cognac. It’s a bit of a pick-and-mix cocktail that you can customise with your favourite alcohol and flavourings. There really are no rules other than that a Hot Toddy cocktail should be served as the name suggests—while it’s hot.   

Best Hot Toddy recipe

The ideal drink to slowly sip on a cold evening to get that fireplace feeling, our Hot Toddy mug of goodness is best enjoyed while snuggled up on the couch on a wintery night.  

Variations of the Hot Toddy cocktail

There are so many variations of the Hot Toddy—it’s a fun drink to play around with to see which flavours appeal to you most. Here are a few ideas you can try until you find the best Hot Toddy recipe to add to your easy winter cocktails list. 

  • Replace the cloves with a cinnamon stick 
  • Replace the lemon with orange 
  • Use chamomile tea instead of boiling water 
  • If you prefer the taste of rum, replace the whiskey with Appleton Estate Rum
  • Replace the sugar with honey   
  • Adding a dash of apple cider vinegar will bring out the flavours in any hot toddy drink  


It depends on your taste, but there are no hard rules to follow here. If you like bourbon, use that. Whiskey? Ditto. Prefer rum? Do it. A lot of different spirits work well in a Hot Toddy drink.  

We suggest using Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey. This Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey has a high rye content and is 101 proof which gives it some serious flavour. It’s a big and bold whiskey, with a pleasant bite, and is best enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.  

This is not a party drink. At around 6% ABV, a Hot Toddy is meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed while relaxing.  

Yes, you can. It’s called a Hot Not Toddy and just like the cocktail, you can play around with a few flavours (teas, spices, fruits, and sweeteners) to find your ideal non-alcoholic Hot Toddy.  

Pour boiling water into a mug and set aside for 2 minutes, then toss the water out before adding your Hot Toddy liquids and ingredients. Pre-warming the mug will help keep your toddy hot for a few sips longer.

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