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 cozy 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.
No lemons at home? Use fresh orange slices to garnish instead!
Using fresh apple cider is best. Once opened, it keeps it in the fridge for around a week.
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 Hot Toddy cocktail
The first Hot Toddy ingredients are believed to have been mixed together way back in the mid-1800s and the recipe was very basic, containing a spirit of sorts, sugar, and hot water. If you were lucky and you had some, you could add spice or lemon peel.
The ‘spirits of sorts’ can either be Irish whiskey, scotch, brandy, rum, or cognac. It’s a bit of a pick-and-mix cocktail that you can customize with your favorite alcohol and flavorings. There really are no rules other than that a Hot Toddy cocktail should be served as the name suggests—while it’s hot.
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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 flavors 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 (see more tea cocktails HERE)
- 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 flavors in any hot toddy drink
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