Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy
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The Hot Toddy cocktail is the grandfather of hot drinks. Equally at home in a snowbound mountain cabin as it is on an acclaimed cocktail menu, the classic Hot Toddy has one job that it takes quite seriously: warming you up.

The Hot Toddy has been linked to warming up winter nights next to a fireplace, as well as warding off colds. You can use any kind of whiskey you like in the Toddy, and the end result will be equally delicious. Grab your favourite mug, and get ready for a warm whiskey embrace.


  • Boiling water, to fill a mug
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 lemon peel or wheel
  • 2 tsp Demerara sugar or brown sugar
  • 7.7 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 60 ml Bourbon, Rye whiskey, Irish whiskey or Scotch


  1. Fill a mug with boiling water and let stand for a minute or two to warm.
  2. Meanwhile, stick the cloves into the lemon peel or wheel and set aside.
  3. Empty the mug and fill about halfway with fresh boiling water.
  4. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  5. Add the prepared lemon peel or wheel and stir.
  6. Add the lemon juice and whiskey, and stir again.

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