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This Hot Toddy recipe makes a warm and delicious alcoholic beverage. Lemon and honey give this drink a sweeter taste and a soothing effect, and rich spices make for an irresistible flavor. 
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It’s getting cold outside… the perfect time to warm up with a Hot Toddy! This lemony, honey-sweetened drink is a delicious night-cap or after-dinner treat. This toasty recipe has a bourbon kick. It’s simple, but uses a beautiful spice palate that brings back the nostalgia of my mom’s winter recipes!

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HOT TODDY INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 to 3 drops (shakes) of aromatic bitters
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey
  • About 1 teaspoon whole cloves, optional for garnish
  • Slice of lemon, optional
  • 1 cinnamon stick, optional
  • 1-star anise, optional

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Honey: You can use either maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey. It’ll give it the same sweetness. If you’re looking for a hot toddy recipe for a cold or cough, we recommend using agave nectar instead of syrup. 

Add Tea: If you want, you can begin with black or spiced tea instead of boiling water.

Bourbon: Instead of bourbon, you can substitute it with dark rum or apple-flavored brandy for a more apple cider twist.

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STEP ONE: Pour ½ cup of boiling water into a mug.

STEP TWO: Add lemon juice, bourbon, bitters, and honey to the ½ cup of hot water. Stir until honey is dissolved.

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STEP THREE: Poke whole cloves into the peel of a thick slice of lemon. Drop a lemon slice into the mug.

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STEP FOUR: Add a cinnamon stick and/or star anise for garnish.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: We recommend preparing this drink right before serving it. However, it can be reheated. Don’t leave your drink sitting with the lemon in it too long because it’ll make the drink bitter after about an hour. The spices should be removed as well since they will change the flavor of the drink.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this drink. 

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This Hot Toddy, with its warm spice palate and rich flavor, will be the perfect warm-up to a cold winter night. It can also help soothe a cold or cough. The combination of bourbon, honey, and lemon will help soothe your throat and sore muscles, and even help you sleep better.

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Hot Toddy

5 from 1 vote
This Hot Toddy recipe makes a warm and delicious alcoholic beverage. Lemon and honey give this drink a sweeter taste and a soothing effect, and rich spices make for an irresistible flavor. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup water boiling
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 4 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 to 3 drops aromatic bitters
  • 2 to 3 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp whole cloves optional for garnish
  • 1 slice lemon optional
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional
  • 1 star anise optional

Instructions
 

  • Pour ½ cup of boiling water into a mug.
  • Add lemon juice, bourbon, bitters, and honey into the ½ cup of water. Stir until honey is dissolved.
  • Poke whole cloves into the peel of a thick slice of lemon. Drop a lemon slice into the mug.
  • Add a cinnamon stick and/or star anise for garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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