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Classic Cold Weather Cocktail: Hot Toddy

Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1 person
Pairs well with: A bit of simple cookies like biscotti or shortbread are lovely on the side but stands alone very well


  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 T Honey
  • 3 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 C Boiling Water
  • Optional: Cinnamon Stick and/or Star Anise, as well as Sliced Lemon Garnish

Mixing instructions:

  • Measure into a small mug: Bourbon, Honey and Lemon Juice.
  • Top off with boiling water.
  • Stir until honey is dissolved.
  • Add garnishes if desired.


  • The classic version of the Hot Toddy features Scotch or Brandy, but we go for Bourbon because of the smooth finish and vanilla flavor it adds.
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice tastes excellent but to save time, try a bottled organic or higher end lemon juice.
  • This is a small serving so 1 1/2 the recipe for larger mugs.
  • Avoid peaty Scotch varieties as they don’t pair well with the lemon and honey.
  • When selecting honey it’s best to use a mild variety.
  • Bullet Bourbon is our go to brand when we make this drink.


Photos by Laura Taylor