Hot Toddy For a Cold

December 6, 2017 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Feeling down and need a pick-me-up? This Hot Toddy For a Cold is soothing, flavorful, and can make a person feel better. Get the recipe today!

Hot toddy for a cold pictured with a lemon and ginger on a tablecloth covered counter

As we have already discussed, there is historical precedence in using a hot toddy for medical purposes. I will never claim that you should drink a hot toddy as medicine. For Pete’s sake (whoever Pete is), go see a doctor (which I am not) if this is even a question. I have, however, been guilty of partaking in hot drinks when my throat has been sore. Today, we are going to build a toddy recipe that I will drink if I am feeling under the weather. We are making a hot toddy for a cold.

As a disclaimer, if you are feeling in the dumps, more of this is NOT better. Creating a situation where you are hungover AND sick would not be fun. Use common sense people… have a single hot toddy or maybe two relieve your symptoms and don’t mix medicines that you are not supposed to with alcohol. Maybe even skip the booze altogether, but what fun is that? We are going to add the brandy warmness to this recipe.

Ingredients Selection

I deliberately sought out ingredients that I thought would be soothing for a sore throat. When I get sick like this, you might find me gargling with salt water or popping cough drops like they are candy. So, I added cough drops.

An irish coffee mug with honey, cough drops, ginger, and honey at the bottom.

First, I just experimented with some mentholated cough drops in a glass of hot water. The cough drops, sure enough, disintegrate into the liquid. Not only does it disintegrate, the hot steam gives off a soothing menthol vapor that would be great for a sore throat.

I decided to add a bit of ginger to the mix. I like the bit of zing it brings to the drink, and it also has medicinal properties. The properties of ginger may help fight the pain of a sore throat, but possibly also assist in the fight your body is going through to lick that cold. Additionally, ginger just tastes good and goes well with honey, which is coming.

Before I think of a hot toddy for a cold, I actually think of honey and lemon. It is a sore throat soother that has been around for a very long time. Adding these ingredients seemed necessary and essential to make a cocktail that would be good for fighting a sore throat.

Pouring hot water into hot toddy on black countertop with shaker and lemon slices on the side

Whiskey. I am choosing to go with Fireball Whiskey. The motto is “Tastes like heaven, burns like hell.” We aren’t drinking this straight, so it should not burn like hell. We are adding it to a mixture of other spicy and soothing ingredients. The Fireball should add a little bit of a soothing spice, as well as add some nice cinnamon flavor, and maybe help clear out some congestion.

Squeezing lemon into completed 'Hot Toddy for a Cold' cocktail. Fireball, honey, and lemon in background.

This recipe is meant to soothe a throat and clear some sinuses. Or maybe it is just meant to taste good! The combination of the Fireball, ginger, cough drops, honey and lemon should really give all sorts of comfort if a person is feeling in the dumps.


Hot Toddy For a Cold

Hot toddy for a cold pictured with a lemon and ginger on a tablecloth covered counter

If you are going to drink a cocktail when you are not feeling well, this should be the one. This soothing and spiced drink has flavors that comfort sore throats.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Min
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Heating
  • Cuisine: Comfort


  • 8 oz of water
  • 2 Menthol Cough Drops
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • 2 oz Fireball Whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 1 lemon wedge


  1. Heat water to boil in teapot or microwave
  2. In Irish coffee mug or other appropriate mugs, add cough drops, ginger, whiskey, and honey
  3. Once water is heated, add to mug
  4. Stir to help dissolve cough drops, 2-3 minutes
  5. Squeeze lemon wedge into drink
  6. Serve
If you are going to drink a cocktail when you are not feeling well, this should be the one. This soothing and spiced drink has flavors that comfort sore throats. #toddy #whiskey #lemon #ginger

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  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Maybe I should have tried this a couple of days ago instead of going to the DR.

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Or maybe go to the doctor AND drink a toddy!

  • Reply
    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Just what I needed! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Good… it is just a soothing drink.

  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    That’s definitely one way to stay warm and cozy this year! I’ll take one each day – regardless of colds! 😀 Maybe the whiskey will keep them away! 😀 haha

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      > Maybe the whiskey will keep them away!

      Exactly what I am counting on. 😉

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    December 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    My husband’s sinuses have been acting up. I am so glad I found this recipe. I am going to make this for him.

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Great! Let me know if it makes him feel better.

  • Reply
    Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes
    December 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Anything with honey, lemon & ginger in wins my vote when I’ve got a sore throat but the fireball whisky is an added bonus. I’m sure it would help me feel better

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    Cindy @ The Sweet Nerd
    December 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I love hot toddys. I can’t do Fireball though, so I will swap with my fave whiskey. I love adding the cough drops. But…do I have to have a sore throat to drink this? Kidding. Kind of.

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      no. drink up. Add the cough drops. It will taste good.

  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wish I had seen this last month when I had a bad cold. This would have been perfect! Might have to fake a cold and give this a try. 🙂

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    December 7, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Wow! Seems like a great beverage which I’ll definitely need for the cold winter days, Ben. Great combo of some nutrient-dense ingredients. Can I use maple syrup instead of honey when preparing it?

  • Reply
    November 6, 2018 at 6:03 am

    This always does the trick when one of us has a cold. We use manuka honey in ours.

  • Reply
    Tayler Ross
    November 6, 2018 at 6:33 am

    This is so perfect for flu season coming up! Bookmarking this for the future!

  • Reply
    November 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Hot drinks that can help fight the flu are always needed, right?

  • Reply
    November 6, 2018 at 8:17 am

    This is perfect timing, Ben. I feel like I’m coming down with something and there’s no time to be sick! I would have never thought to add cough drops!

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    November 6, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Saving this one for winter! I think I’m going to need it as will my husband. 🙂

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