Some like it hot

Traditionally, a hot toddy is a warming drink combining water, whiskey, honey and lemon juice.

Often taken to help ease cold and flu symptoms, or as a nightcap, it can also include herbs and spices, and is delicious even without any alcohol content. Known as hot whiskey in Ireland, and occasionally called southern cough syrup within the Southern United States, making a hot toddy takes five minutes, and is a warming, relaxing winter drink.

Whiskey toddy – makes 2 – Ingredients

  • 50ml whiskey
  • 3 Tsp honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 1 lemon, half juiced and half sliced
  • 2 cloves


  1. Whisk the whiskey and honey together and split between 2 heatproof glasses.
  2. Add half of the cinnamon stick to each, then top up with 200ml boiling water.
  3. Add a splash of lemon juice to each, then taste and add more to your preference.
  4. Finish each with a slice of lemon, studded with a clove, and serve immediately.

Omit the whiskey, and instead of spices, add fresh ginger, and a pinch of chilli.

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