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Hot Toddy

This week’s cocktail is no fun at all, sad to say. It is, however, a great soothing sipper if you’re suffering from a cold or one of the countless other miserable-yet-minor ailments that seem to crop up every fall around this time.

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m just getting over a cold. Fun times. My classic soother is a mug of hot water spiked with honey and lemon (which I sipped all day long while I was sick), paired with just the right measure of DayQuil (or NyQuil, depending on the time). The other night, though, going on Day 3 and still dragging, I needed a little something more, so I decided to mix up a hot toddy.

Hot toddy

Cuddle up under a blanket with a nice warm mug.

It was warm, soothing, and delicious. So, even if it didn’t quite cure what ailed me, it at least helped to make the evening a little cozier. Here’s hoping you don’t need one anytime soon!

Hot Toddy
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 oz boiling water
  • 1½ oz whiskey
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  1. Mix the honey, boiling water, and whiskey in a mug, and spice with the cloves and stir with the cinnamon stick.
  2. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then sprinkle with nutmeg.


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14 Thoughts on “Hot Toddy

  1. Sorry you’re not feeling well. I LOVE hot toddies, all types. And I’ve been waiting for a nice cold night to have one. That might be tonight. I hope you feel bett soon!
    Alicia recently posted..Plum LiqueurMy Profile

  2. Feel better soon, Lauren! I know for me as soon as the heat clicks on for the first time, the countdown is on for my first cold. Heat=Dry Sinuses=Head Cold every time!
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  3. Wow, I haven’t had a hot toddy in forever. I should dig out my recipe for keeping a bucket of toddy mix in the fridge. That was sinful.

    I hope you feel better soon.
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  4. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well! Believe it or not, I had my first hot toddy at Contigo at the end of last January. Definitely had been missing out! Hope you’re on the mend.
    Jessica recently posted..Pumpkin Yeast WafflesMy Profile

  5. Feel better! A toddy helps you sleep anyway!
    Tammy recently posted..Weekend Reading – A Homemade Life and MoreMy Profile

  6. This sounds perfect for the cold front headed our way tonight! And, I’ve been sneezing all day from allergies, so I’d love to sit on the couch with a mug of this.
    lisaiscooking recently posted..Pumpkin Doughnut MuffinsMy Profile

  7. I hope you’re feeling better now! I’m suffering from a cold/allergies gone awry combo. This sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Sadly, I am on my second cold in two weeks. This cold front appears to have blown some mean stuff in with it. So, I may be joining you in sipping a hot toddy this evening. Feel better!

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