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January 11th - National Hot Toddy Day

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

The Hot Toddy is a warm, comforting drink that has been enjoyed for centuries as a way to warm up on cold nights and soothe sore throats. But where did this beloved beverage come from, and how has it evolved over time? Let's take dive into the history of the Hot Toddy.


Hot Toddy by Nicole Marriner

The History of the Hot Toddy

The origins of the Hot Toddy are somewhat murky, but it is believed to have originated in Scotland or Ireland in the 18th century. The name "toddy" is thought to come from the Hindi word "tārī," which refers to a type of palm tree. The drink was originally made with rum or brandy, water, sugar, and spices and served hot to warm up and soothe sore throats.

Over time, the Hot Toddy has evolved and now includes a variety of ingredients, including whiskey, honey, lemon, and tea. It is often served as a cocktail at bars and restaurants, but it can also be made at home with just a few simple ingredients.

Despite its evolution, the Hot Toddy remains a popular and comforting drink to this day. It is often enjoyed during the colder months as a way to warm up and relax, and is also believed to have health benefits, such as helping to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.


The Recipe

Now, for a classic Hot Toddy recipe that you can make at home:

A picture of Abisola whiskey
Ingredient in our Hot Toddy - by Nicole Marriner


  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey or brandy (in ours, we used Abisola Whiskey)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 cups water


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.

  2. add the honey, stirring until it is fully dissolved.

  3. Add the whiskey or brandy and the sliced lemon.

  4. Pour the mixture into a mug and enjoy!

Optional additions:

  • You can use any whiskey if Bourbon or Rye is not your favorite. A pinch of cinnamon or cloves for added flavor.

  • A splash of apple cider for a twist on the classic recipe.

  • 2 tea bags (such as black tea or chamomile) for additional flavor


No matter how you choose to enjoy it, the Hot Toddy is a warm and comforting drink that is sure to chase away the chill on a cold winter's night.

Don't forget to check out January's other cocktail and spirit holidays!

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