It’s National Hot Toddy Day! But actually, look it up, it’s a thing. The hot toddy is a wonderfully versatile hot drink which can be served with almost every imaginable booze and hot drink combination. To get our footing, the following is a great simple recipe for the hot toddy on which many variations can be made to taste.
The Basic Hot Toddy
- 2 oz Spirit
- 0.5 oz honey
- 6 oz hot water
Mix all ingredients in a mug and stir with a cocktail spoon until the honey has fully dissolved. Garnish with whatever you like – I love to garnish the basic hot toddy with a small mint sprig or citrus wheel. Hot toddies were developed sometime in the early 18th century in Scotland. While no one remembers exactly why it was created, historians believe that the recipe was designed to make the taste of scotch whisky more palatable, especially for women. The word “toddy” has been suggested to have evolved from “Tod’s well”, the historic water supply for the city of Edinburgh. The hot toddy quickly became a cold weather favorite and grew more popular as the spirits used diversified.
From here, the possibilities are endless and you can begin to see how much of a workhorse the hot toddy truly is. Almost any spirit can be used if utilized in the right combination with the hot liquid, although brandy, rum and whiskey are the standard choices. And the hot liquid choices are equally vast. Want a bit more flavor? Try tea, coffee, cocoa, or apple cider. (My grandmother insists that hot toddy’s need to be made with warm coke, so really anything is possible.) Want to enhance the cocktail a bit? Try different sweeteners (sugar, maple syrup, agave…), lemon, bitters, spices, butter…really anything that you can think of is worth a try. Want to make a hot toddy for a cold or the flu? Add some cinnamon sticks and cloves to the basic recipe to soothe your throat, clear your sinuses, and relieve a stuffy head. The hot toddy is great drink for every winter occasion and is well worthy of celebrating today on National Hot Toddy Day!
Total cost per drink? ~$0.78