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Sense & Edibility's Classic Hot Toddy

Classic Hot Toddy

This classic warm libation is easy to make and soothing on cold winter nights. 

Course Libations
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword honey, Hot Toddy, lemon, spices, whiskey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
steeping time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Marta Rivera


  • 3 cups cold water
  • 3 3" cinnamon sticks plus more for garnish
  • 2 star anise
  • 1" piece ginger, sliced in rounds
  • 1 lemon, juiced, rinds reserved
  • 4 tablespoons honey (plus more, as needed)
  • 3 ounces Irish whiskey


  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the water, cinnamon sticks, star anise, ginger, and lemon rinds to a rolling boil. 

  2. Once the water has boiled for 2 minutes, turn off the heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the spices from the water using a fine mesh sieve. Discard the spices.

  4. Pour equal amounts of honey into two 8 ounce mugs.

  5. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to each mug. 

  6. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of the whiskey and 1 1/2 cups of the hot water into each mug, then stir to combine using a cinnamon stick or a spoon.

  7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

  8. Enjoy responsibly and while hot.