Hot Toddy


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 fluid ounces boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


Hot Toddy Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and put in the slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving.

Original recipe makes 1 serving

History of the Hot Toddy

The cocktail's roots are unclear, nevertheless we do know that it is an old beverage, assumed to have been discovered in Scotland in the 1700s. The country's primary liquor, Scotch, had an unpleasant smoky taste that women were not keen on. The Hot Toddy may have been produced as a sweeter-tasting option for women.

The Hot Toddy's brand is the greatest puzzle. Nobody knows surely where it originated from, however there are a couple of popular beliefs.

In 1781, poet Allan Ramsay issued a poem called "The Morning Interview" that speaks about Todian Spring. This spring, also known as Tod's Well, was the primary water supply to Edinburgh, Scotland, as a result the Hot Toddy may very well have been called after it. Ramsay's poem describes Todian Spring water being used for a tea party. Because Todian Spring existed anyway, no matter of Ramsay invoking its brand in his poetry, it is unknown at this time why Ramsay is given credit for the name of the Hot Toddy drink by people who stick to this theory regarding its naming.

The next theory claims that since The United Kingdom was involved in deal with India at the time the Hot Toddy was invented, the cocktail may have been named for toddy, an Indian drink made from palm tree sap. Whether or not this is true, one thing is for certain: Palm tree sap is not a usual ingredient in a Hot Toddy.

The name itself can vary, being spelled "Totty" or "Tottie" at times, though these spellings are uncommon, and some would say, simply wrong. There are no options when it comes to the hotness of the Hot Toddy, as it is one of the most popular cold-weather drinks, even more popular in ski lodges than in pubs. A Hot Toddy ideally should be made and enjoyed at home, with a good book or a good friend.