How to Make a Hot Toddy

November 20, 2017 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Such a nice, tasty, warm adult cocktail in this tutorial on How To Make a Hot Toddy! Get the tasty recipe today.

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Winter time in Fargo is CRAZY freezing and the winter chill is definitely in the air. Fewer people are outside tending to leaves and lawns, but more are making sure their snow blowers are running. I am not sure when, but that first big snow is definitely on its way. After a long shovel in the middle of Winter, what better way to warm up than with a hot toddy? Today, as part of our hot toddy series, we are going to show you how to make a hot toddy.

Hot Toddy First Run

If you are new to Ramshackle Pantry, we are a little bit different than many food blogs. We cover topics for extended periods of time. For example, we have covered Macaroni and Cheese, Manhattans, and Mojitos. We start off with a simple recipe like you will see in this post. Then, we research the topic. We look at the history, the ingredients, and some variations of the drink. At the end of our deep dive, we will make the same dish/cocktail again using our newfound knowledge.

The hope is that we gain a deep understanding and appreciation of the topic. Even though this is our first hot toddy recipe, it still is a keeper. It has all the ingredients that a person needs to warm themselves up on a winter day. Tea, honey, lemons, and whiskey. Pin this recipe now.

The Ingredients I Chose

I was a bartender for several years at a college place and did not make that many of these cocktails, but I did make them on occasion. Rarely enough so that having to look them up in the book sticks in my memory. I am not brand new to the topic, but I still did have to think about my ingredients a bit. I knew it needed a sweetener, some whiskey, hot water and lemon.

The only ingredient that was a bit foreign to my memory was tea. I am seeing different variations from around the internet and it looks like most have either tea added or spices added. Since we always have tea around, I thought it would be a good way to use them up. Specifically, I used Yogi India Spice tea.

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How to Make a Hot Toddy

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How to make a hot toddy. This wintertime cocktail classic is sure to be a fireplace favorite or something just to enjoy before bed.

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


  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1.5 ounces Whiskey ( I chose Bourbon)
  • 1 Tea bag
  • 1 Slice of Lemon


  1. Heat water
  2. While water is heating, add honey and whiskey to Irish coffee mug or other coffee mug
  3. Once water is heated, pour into mug
  4. Steep tea bag in hot water
  5. Squeeze lemon slice into waterStir with spoon and serve hot

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  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    November 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Yes it’s cold here in Alberta, Canada. And already lots of snow. I would definitely like to warm up with a nice hot cup of hot toddy!

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      November 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Plus… it is almost noon, right? PERFECT TIME.

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    November 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Ooh your hot toddy looks like the perfect thing to cozy up with in this brisk, cool weather! I love Yogi tea – they’ve got great flavor. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      November 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

      I also like the Yogi Teas. There is a Ginger one that I really love.

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    November 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    It’s cold here in Chicago! Nothing like a hot toddy to warm up!

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    maria long
    November 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This is a great recipe that reminds me of my childhood when my parents got sick.

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      November 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      They remind me of my childhood when my parents got sick… of me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
    November 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I LOVE a hot toddy! I thin I’m going to have to make this tonight. It’s finally cold enough here for them!

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      November 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      It really is a great cold weather drink.

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    November 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    There is nothing better on a cold winter’s evening than a hot toddy…this is perfect!

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      November 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      I know it is not winter yet, but we are sure getting there fast!

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    November 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I have a best friend who loves a good hot toddy! So, I make it for her whenever we get together. I’ve never put tea in mine, so I’ll be making your recipe for her to see what she says! It looks delicious! I too was a bartender but after college!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    November 21, 2017 at 7:18 am

    This is the perfect drink for a cold day out. Tea and whiskey, can you got wrong? I love how you keep the tea bags in the cups; it makes for such a beautiful presentation.

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    Nadja | Nashi Food
    November 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    What a great drink for cold weather! It is just perfect an easy to make.

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    prasanna hede
    November 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    wonderful drink for the winter.Brought back so many memories?

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    November 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I have to confess I have never tried Toddy.. but after seeing your post.. I am definitely giving it a try.. ?โค๏ธ

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    November 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Every time I feel a cold coming on a hot toddy does the trick, so good!

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    November 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    These helped me with a nasty cold last year! Unfortunately they were so tasty, that I woke up without a cold but a hangover instead. Oops.

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    November 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    This is absolutely the best way to use up all those extra tea bags I always have on hand. And so cozy, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    November 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    What a nice comforting drink that will in perfect in the cold winter months. Your photos are especially pretty!

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      November 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you!

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    Monica Le
    November 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    This hot toddy is a perfect drink for a cold weather..

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    Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
    November 24, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Such a perfect drink for a cold winter day! Love that you left the tea bags in the drinks too!

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    Veena Azmanov
    November 25, 2017 at 8:23 am

    We have a cold and rainy day here today. A perfect weather for hot toddy.! I think I’m gonna make some for us this weekend. So comforting.

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    November 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    My father in law makes these for me whenever I’m feeling under the weather. They’re so comforting and amazing for this cold weather!

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    November 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I’ve heard Yogi India Spice tea is delicious, and what a great idea to use it in a Hot Toddy! This is a perfect way to warm up as the weather gets cooler.

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      December 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      I love some of the Yogi Teas. We usually have ginger and India Spice hanging around.

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    Amanda Mason
    November 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    My niece is always talking about making hot toddies! She loves them!! I cant wait to try your recipe!!

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    Jeff the Chef
    December 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    That’s interesting. I’ve had hot toddies before, and I don’t think they’ve been made with tea, but what a great idea! I can put whiskey in my tea!

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    Emily Meyer
    November 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve never made a hot toddy before but this would be perfect for our Holiday party!! The honey sounds so good in there!

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    Pam Greer
    November 6, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    How interesting that it has tea in it. My husband usually makes ours and I don’t think he uses tea. I’ll have to get him to try that!

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    Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter
    November 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    This hot toddy looks like a perfect drink to keep the cold at bay this winter! Thank you for the recipe.

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    November 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    This looks like exactly what I need right now! So warming and delicious

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    November 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve always been curious to make a Hot Toddy! You have given me the perfect excuse now to make one – what a lovely recipe to warm up a chilly night ๐Ÿ™‚

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