Soothing, flavorful, and simply the best Hot Toddy Recipe. This is an old classic, but it is such a classic for a reason. It is Delicious! Get the recipe here!
We started off with a hot toddy recipe and we are going to finish off with the best hot toddy recipe. We have spent the past several weeks learning about this classic cocktail and today’s recipe is a culmination of all the research and tastings. And believe me, there have been several tastings. So, with our newfound knowledge and appreciation for the hot toddy, today we present our best hot toddy recipe.
This final recipe is not really that much different than the original, but there are some key differences. In our first cocktail, we used whiskey, which is appropriate for a hot toddy. I decided, however, that brandy may be a better choice for our best hot toddy recipe. The more pronounced fruit flavors seem truer to the sweet profile of the drink. Also, the earliest printed mention in hot toddy history had brandy as the alcohol mentioned. So, I decided to switch over from whiskey to brandy.
Also, In my original recipe, I used tea. In my initial research, I found several recipes that used a teabag, some that just used spices, while others had no spices. I decided that teabags were an easy way to add flavor. For our best hot toddy recipe, I am going narrow down our flavor profile to a few, simple, elegant elements. While people sometimes drink hot toddies when they feel under the weather, it is also the sort of drink people drink in front of the fireplace. So, I want to add fireplace flavors. Specifically, two spices that I think will go a long way in this drink, cinnamon, and cloves. Another optional flavor would be nutmeg, but I decided to leave that out in this drink.
The Best Hot Toddy Recipe
This is a simple, elegant, classic Hot Toddy. Perfect drink for sitting in front of the fireplace.
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- Total Time: 10 Minutes
- Yield: 1 Drink 1x
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: Steeping
- Cuisine: English
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 5 cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1.5 ounces Brandy
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 Slice of Lemon
- While water is heating, add honey, cloves, cinnamon and brandy to Irish coffee mug or other coffee mug
- Once water is heated, pour into mug
- Squeeze lemon slice into water
- Stir with spoon and serve hot