The Best Hot Toddy Recipe

December 12, 2017 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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!

best hot toddy recipe. Hot toddy on a table with lemon, cinnamon, and a cutting board.

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.
picture of hot toddy from the top of the drink on top of table cloth and with some cinnamon sticks.

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.
backlit picture of a hot toddy on tablecloth with two lemons and some cinnamon sticks.


The Best Hot Toddy Recipe

best hot toddy recipe. Hot toddy on a table with lemon, cinnamon, and a cutting board.

This is a simple, elegant, classic Hot Toddy. Perfect drink for sitting in front of the fireplace.

  • Author: Ben
  • 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


  1. While water is heating, add honey, cloves, cinnamon and brandy to Irish coffee mug or other coffee mug
  2. Once water is heated, pour into mug
  3. Squeeze lemon slice into water
  4. Stir with spoon and serve hot

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  • Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I love boozy history lessons! I have always used a tea bag as well….something new to try! Cheers!

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thanks for visiting! Besides the actual eating and drinking, I think looking into the history of cocktails and dishes is my favorite part of this blog.

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    Traci The Kitchen Girl
    December 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Ok, I can’t believe I’ve never had one of these! I obviously live under a rock…and promise when I climb out I’ll try your recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Yum!! I think the brandy is great substitution to kick it up a notch!!

  • Reply
    Meredith Kauffman
    December 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I am loving hot beverages now that it is so cold out! I have never had a hot toddy before… can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Haley D. Williams
    December 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I agree, brandy is a much better choice for hot toddies!

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    Chef Markus Mueller
    October 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Being German, I had no idea what a hot toddy was! Great little drink though, i can definitely see myself drinking this in front of the fireplace on a cold evening!

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    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    October 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I could so go for one of these right now! And love the idea of switching to a brandy!

  • Reply
    October 27, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Now you gave me an education. I’ve always thought of a hot toddy as any drink that’s served hot and has alcohol. I had no idea it is an actual recipe. This is perfect for the cool, damp weather we’re having right now.

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    October 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Yes, love this recipe. For me it is a fireplace type drink with a storm or snow outside. Ahhh bliss. Great post thanks Ben, also very educational! Cheers

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    October 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I LOVE hot toddys! I love how simple yours is. I am trying it soon!

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