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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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  • 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
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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.


  • 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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  1. 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 🙂