How to Make a Whisky Hot Toddy

Now that winter is here, it’s time for a whisky hot toddy whether you’re feeling under the weather or you’re simply after a winter warmer.

Hot Toddy

A hot toddy consists of alcohol (usually a dark spirit) mixed with hot water, lemon, honey or sugar and spices. Whisky is commonly used, ranging from a blended whisky to a heavily peated single malt which gives extra oomph to a smoky hot toddy. You can also substitute rum, bourbon, brandy or mezcal if whisky is not your tipple of choice.

If you can make a cup of tea, you can make a hot toddy and the recipe is very easy to follow even when you’re not feeling your best. Here’s how to make a whisky hot toddy, a comforting drink and the antidote to winter months.

Whisky Hot Toddy Recipe


  • 50 ml whisky
  • 2 bar spoons honey
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ lemon slice
  • about 80 ml of boiling water (to top)

Glassware: heat resistant glass or mug
Garnish: ½ lemon slice, cloves


In a heat resistant glass, add honey, cloves, cinnamon, boiling water and allow to infuse. Add whisky and stir gently until the honey is dissolved. Garnish with half a lemon slice studded with cloves.

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How to Make a Whisky Hot Toddy was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.