How to make a hot toddy with whiskey

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether it's the middle of the winter and you're wanting something warm or you're suffering from a miserable cold, a hot toddy with whiskey is inviting. It won't cure your cold, but the drink comforts a sore throat and tastes great. There are many recipes for a hot toddy. Some use brandy, some use whiskey. Some are made with tea, and some are made with honey and water. Whatever you prefer, the basic ingredients will make an inviting drink to help you relax after a hard day or help you survive a cold.

Pour boiling water into a mug. Add honey and stir to dissolve. Add whiskey and stir.

Squeeze lemon juice into the mixture and then add the lemon wedge. If you don't have a lemon wedge, try a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Stir with a cinnamon stick and let set for a few minutes before sprinkling on some nutmeg. The hot toddy is ready to drink.

Make the toddy with the optional tea. For a different hot toddy, start with a tea bag and add 59.1 to 88.7ml boiling water. Let the tea steep for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bag.

Add the honey and stir to dissolve it. Add the whiskey and stir. Squeeze in some juice from the wedge of lemon and then add the lemon.

Stir with a cinnamon stick. Let the toddy set for a few minutes to enhance the flavours and to cool slightly. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg and enjoy.


Try brandy or rum instead of the whiskey. Add a couple of cloves for flavour. Try green tea instead of black tea. Use coffee instead of water or tea.


Don't combine a hot toddy with any flu or cold medications. Don't drive after drinking a hot toddy.

Things You'll Need

  • 44.4ml whiskey
  • 1 to 2 tsp honey
  • 59.1 to 88.7ml boiling water
  • Lemon wedge
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Nutmeg
  • Tea (optional)
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Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.