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National Hot Toddy Day: Recipe & Origin

In the realm of spirited libations, there exists a concoction that transcends the ordinary, a beverage that combines the warmth of a crackling fire, the comfort of a cozy blanket, and the spirited kick of premium booze—meet the Hot Toddy. This elixir, steeped in history and wrapped in the coziness of tradition, is not just a drink; it's a sensory experience that unfolds with every sip.

Picture this: snowflakes gently falling outside your window, the world hushed in a serene blanket of white. It's the perfect setting for a rendezvous with the Hot Toddy, a drink that elevates the art of imbibing to new heights. What makes this libation exceptional is its marriage of robust spirits—rum, brandy, or whiskey—blended seamlessly with sugars and spices. A symphony of flavors that dances on your palate, leaving you craving the next harmonious note.

Quality, my friends, is the secret ingredient. The better the booze, the more exquisite the Hot Toddy becomes. It's not just a drink; it's a celebration of craftsmanship, a tribute to the skilled hands that distill perfection into every drop.

Hot Toddy Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 oz. (2 tablespoons) Bourbon

  • 1/4 cup of boiling hot water

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  • Gather ingredients - Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug

  • Heat water in a tea kettle or microwave - Pour the hot water into the mug - Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water.

  • Garnish with a lemon round and serve!


Now, let's embark on a journey through time, tracing the origins of this warm elixir. Some say the Hot Toddy's roots dig deep into 18th century Scotland, where it was brewed with a mission—to cure the common cold and banish ailments. Others credit the Irish-born doctor, Robert Bentley Todd, for prescribing a hot blend of brandy, Canella (white cinnamon), sugar syrup, and water. Legend has it that this prescription found its way across the Atlantic, carried by American colonists seeking "liquid courage" during the Revolutionary War.

In 1837, the Hot Toddy gained notoriety as a "cure-all" in Burlington, Vermont—a testament to its enduring popularity and reputation as a soothing balm for the soul.

Fast forward to today, and the Hot Toddy has evolved into an art form. The classic recipe includes a shot of whiskey, brandy, or rum, mingling with a melody of honey, lemon, water, and the subtle dance of cinnamon, often embodied by a cinnamon stick. But wait, the variations are as diverse as the snowflakes outside your window. Ginger, star anise, cloves, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, lime juice—each ingredient adding its unique twist to the timeless elixir.

For those who seek a hint of herbal wisdom, a tea bag may find its way into the mix, turning the Hot Toddy into not just a beverage but a therapeutic journey.

So, the next time you find yourself nestled by the fire, wrapped in a cozy blanket, let the Hot Toddy be your companion. It's not just a drink; it's a tale of warmth, history, and the spirited symphony that unfolds when tradition meets innovation in a glass. Cheers to the Hot Toddy—where every sip is a celebration, and every moment is a toast to the art of sipping elegance.


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