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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 Drinks
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword tea, whiskey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
steeping time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 222kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups (591 milliliters) water
  • 3 3" cinnamon sticks plus more for garnish
  • 2 star anise
  • 1" piece ginger sliced in 1/4-inch thick coins
  • 1 medium lemon juiced, rinds reserved
  • 4 tablespoons (84 grams) honey plus more to taste
  • 3 ounces (89 milliliters) Irish whiskey


Make the Spice Tea

  • In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the water, cinnamon sticks, star anise, ginger, and lemon rinds to a rolling boil. 
  • Once the water has boiled for 2 minutes, turn off the heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the spices from the water using a fine mesh sieve. Discard the spices.

Make the Hot Toddy

  • Add your preferred amount of honey two large (12-ounces or larger), heat-safe mugs.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 ounces of the whiskey, and 1 1/4 cups of the hot water into each mug.
    Stir to combine the liquids using a cinnamon stick or a spoon.
  • Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick, if desired.
    Enjoy responsibly and while hot. 


Make-Ahead Instructions:
  1. Make the spice tea as instructed and allow it to cool completely after steeping.
  2. Transfer the tea to a mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  3. To use: reheat the tea in the microwave until steaming.
  4. Add the lemon juice, whiskey, and honey to a mug per the recipe and top with the tea.
Kid-Friendly Hot Toddy:
  • Omit the Irish whiskey in the recipe. 
  • All other ingredients remain the same.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg