There’s no better way to welcome chillier weather.
If anything, the Hot Toddy is the quintessential cold-weather cocktail. It has a delightful warming quality, but it’s also filling and restorative. The oh-so-popular seasonal beverage first became popular in Western Europe during the 18th century in pubs in northern England and Scotland, where barmen would pour hot water into their Scotch and sip the drink to stay warm.
Today, there are many different variations of the recipe, but most include whiskey or bourbon, a sweetener, woody spices, hot water, and a slice of lemon.
Here’s the recipe for a classic Hot Toddy.
Total Time: 0 hours 5 mins
8 oz. hot water
1 tea bag
2 oz. whiskey (bourbon works best, but feel free to use any whiskey, or even rum)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 lemon slice
Pour hot water into mug and steep tea for two to three minutes.
Remove tea bag and add honey, whiskey, and lemon juice.
Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.