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National Hot Toddy Day – January 11

National Hot Toddy Day – January 11


Quote of the Day: An ounce of Canadian Club or Jack Daniels Black, an ounce of hot water, a teaspoon of lemon, and a tablespoon of honey. It’s called a Hot Toddy and is an old Southern cold/flu remedy. Dave Matthews

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Today is National Hot Toddy Day and it’s a welcome drink in the United States where temperatures have plummeted into the low double or single digits.

For those with the sniffles the old adage – make a hot toddy, get a good night’s sleep and you’ll feel better tomorrow may very well be true.

Where did the Hot Toddy Originate?

The word “toddy” comes from the toddy drink in India, produced by fermenting the sap of palm trees. Its earliest known use to mean “a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices” is from 1786. However, a few other sources credit Robert Bentley Todd for his prescription of a hot drink of brandy, Canella (white cinnamon), sugar syrup, and water.

Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, or in wet or cold weather. Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu—in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as “the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb”.

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How to prepare a Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whiskey, rum, or brandy), hot water, and honey (or, in some recipes, sugar). Additional ingredients such as cloves, a lemon slice or cinnamon (in stick or ground form) are often also added. The drink can also be made with tea instead of water.

Hot Toddy Recipes

From Jerry Thomas’s recipe in David Wondrich’s Imbibe! Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to”Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar

1 tsp sugar

3-4 oz. hot water

2 oz. spirits

Stir with a spoon.

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Modern Hot Toddy

1/2 oz. honey

1/2 oz. lemon juice

2 oz. spirit

Pour all ingredients into a mug. Top with hot water and stir until completely combined.

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Babbo’s Toddy

Created by Erick Castro, Boilermaker (NYC)

½ oz. Campari

½ oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

¾ oz. Cinnamon Syrup

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

Build ingredients into warm 8 ½ oz. mug and top with boiling water. Garnish with an orange slice.



A common version in the Midwestern United States uses golden ginger ale, lemon, and honey and Bourbon whiskey.

In Wisconsin, brandy is often used instead of bourbon.

A hot toddy, also known as hot whiskey in Scotland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey (or, in some recipes, sugar), herbs (such as tea) and spices, and served hot.

A common version in Ontario typically consists of heated ginger ale, honey, and either whiskey or brandy. It’s recommended to heat the ginger ale before adding the whiskey or brandy; otherwise, the heating process will reduce the alcoholic effects of the liquor.

Grog is the name of a similar drink based on Rum in several cultures.

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Winter Reading – Bundle up with a hot toddy and enjoy Cross-Ties historical romance (Kindle) by Carolyn Bowen.

Cross-Ties by Carolyn Bowen

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