Need to be really warmed up on a cold day? This simple but classic hot toddy recipe will absolutely do the trick. Serve it at a winter party or simply indulge yourself on a cold night.
Recipe courtesy of 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey.
- 2 Ounces whiskey, such as 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey
- 1 Ounce agave nectar
- 1 Ounce ginger liqueur
- 1 Ounce lemon juice
- A dash of aromatic bitters
Calories Per Serving326
Folate equivalent (total)6µg1%
Ginger Hot Toddy
My perfect winter night? Curled up on the couch reading a classic and sipping on a steaming cup o’ hot toddy. How often does this happen? Not often. But a girl can dream. And she can make this slightly spicy version of the delicious, warming drink.
Back in ye olden times, hot toddies were used as a remedy for colds and the flu. While I can’t recommend that (though a virgin toddy probably can’t hurt), there’s something almost magical about the way a hot toddy warms you up from the inside. If you’ve ever had one after standing out in the wet and cold for a few hours, you know what I’m talking about.
This recipe calls for you to make your own ginger simple syrup, but you could also substitute store-bought syrup. One thing I’m unwilling to compromise on is the cinnamon stick. It’s just not the same with powdered cinnamon, and you lose out on a handy stirring utensil. I buy big bags of cinnamon sticks at the Asian market near me, and it’s way cheaper than buying little bottles of a couple sticks at my usual store.
The ginger adds a nice kick to this toddy, which otherwise hews pretty close to the classic drink. I prefer bourbon, but you could use whiskey, or even rum, if that’s all you have on hand. Cheers!
Hot Toddy? Yes Please!
When I think of cold winter days and night I immediately imagine sitting comfortably in front of a fireplace, hot toddy in hand. Seriously, who doesn’t love something nice and warm when it’s below freezing outside?
The traditional recipe usually includes honey, lemon, a pretty strong spirit and tea though many skip that. Here is a nice twist on a classic cold weather favorite. If this doesn’t make you feel nice and toasty then nothing ever will.
2 GINGERS® Hot Toddy
4 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey
2 parts Agave Nectar
1 part Ginger Liqueur
1 part Lemon Juice
A dash of aromatic bitters
Combine ingredients in a mug. Top off with hot water, stir, and garnish by floating a lemon wheel stabbed with dry cloves. Not into cloves then garnish with a cinnamon stick instead.
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Boil water. Pour boiling water into a mug, to pre-warm it. After a minute, empty water, add ingredients (see below), top with boiling water and garnish with a lemon or orange slice studded with cloves and/or a cinnamon stick.
Notes on Ingredients
Whiskey: I personally prefer Scotch or Irish whiskey here, but American whiskey works as well. As does Japanese whisky, if you&rsquore made of money. If I could choose any brand, it would be Redbreast 12-year Irish whiskey. It&rsquos pot-stilled, which means it&rsquos fuller and richer. One of the Hot Toddy&rsquos main dangers is being too thin and a single malt scotch or pot-still Irish whiskey helps offset that.
Lemon Juice: Fresh juice. Actually, the original Toddy didn&rsquot have lemon juice at all and was essentially just a Hot Old Fashioned: whiskey, sugar and hot water. That is good but can be a little dull unless you pick a whiskey of some serious character (like a smoky scotch), so making it a hot whiskey sour with some lemon juice adds some much-welcome tension and complexity.
Honey/Ginger: Honey is a great way to add body to this drink. You don&rsquot need to add ginger, but I find it adds a delightful spice. For my honey ginger syrup, I bring 2 cups honey, 1 cup water and about a 4 to 6 oz. piece of ginger (chopped) to simmer in a pan for 5 minutes, before straining the solids out.
Hot Water: You want to do everything in your power to serve this as hot as possible. The only way this drink goes seriously wrong is if it&rsquos a Lukewarm Toddy, so pre-warming your glass is important, as is using boiling water. Additionally, it would be worth your time to preheat your ingredients: If you have 3.5 oz. of room temp ingredients and 4 to 6 oz. of boiling water, it will average out to be tepid, which is not good.
The solution: fill a large shaker tin or bowl halfway with boiling water and then place a smaller shaker tin or metal bowl inside it, creating a kind of bain-marie. Add lemon juice, honey/ginger and whiskey to the smaller vessel and stir to gently heat it for about one or two minutes, before pouring it into your pre-warmed mug and topping with boiling water.
Also, a PSA: Do not heat it on the stove. Direct flame under pure spirits is an exceedingly bad idea.
Every week bartender Jason O’Bryan mixes his up his favorite drinks for you. Check out his past cocktail recipes.
Hot Toddy Recipe | Four Ways To Make A Hot Toddy
Hot Toddy Recipe will cure what ails you. Today is National Hot Toddy Day, and it’s also cold and flu season, so what better way to celebrate than to share Jamie’s well tested and delicious hot toddy recipe, along with three variations so you can find a hot toddy recipe that will fit your needs.
I used to make my own version of a hot toddy, which I cleverly named Whis-tea. It included a ton of sugar because I couldn’t afford honey and mostly I just wanted to drink with my friends while I was sick. Don’t be 22-year-old me – buy the honey, follow a recipe, and just drink one.
Why The Hot Toddy Works
The hot toddy is not just an old wife’s tale. A hot toddy actually can work to ease some cold symptoms. Honey reduces cough and is an antioxidant. Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C. Steam from the hot water relieves congestion. The alcohol and the caffeine both can open up constricted blood vessels and relieve sinus pressure. Caffeine also increases the effectiveness of over-the-counter pain relievers if you happen to be taking something for your cold. (Pain relievers are included in most over-the-counter sinus medications.)
To put the caffeine in perspective: the caffeine in a standard 8oz cup of black tea is around 50 mg. This is about a third of what you get in a small 12oz cup of coffee (144mg). It’s a quarter of the amount in one dose of Excedrin headache medicine (200mg). If you don’t want the caffeine or are extremely sensitive to it, use decaf tea or just hot water.
Hot Toddy Recipe
- 1 black teabag
- 8 oz hot water
- 2 Tbsp honey (or more to taste)
- 2 oz whiskey (one small bottle)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Steep tea per package directions.
- Add honey, stir until dissolved.
- Add whiskey and lemon. Stir and serve.
Ginger Hot Toddy: Same as above, except add 1/2 inch ginger, sliced, to 12oz water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes. Remove ginger and use 8oz of ginger water to steep tea. Ginger will help soothe an upset stomach.
Peppermint Hot Toddy: Same as above, except substitute peppermint tea for black tea. Peppermint helps clear sinus passages and can also soothe an upset stomach.
Cayenne Hot Toddy: Same as above, except add two dashes cayenne pepper to recipe. Cayenne is an anti-irritant and will help to soothe a sore throat.
I always refer to this as the “San Francisco Ginger Syrup” method, as I stole it from Jon Santer, who I believe learned it from Thad Vogler, who probably didn’t steal it from anyone because Thad is a genius. At any rate I’ve rarely heard of bartenders in other cities doing it this way and when I have, it’s because they’ve learned it from someone from San Francisco. It’s easy to make, and delicious to use.
Simply combine cleaned (no need to peel the ginger) and roughly-chopped ginger (each piece should be about the size of your pinkie-tip) in a blender with equal volumes of sugar and boiling water. For this I’ve used 8 ounces of chopped ginger, 8 ounces of sugar, and 8 ounces boiling water. Blend on high until mixture is smooth, and then fine-strain through a sieve.
That’s it. Enjoy, and stay warm.
Update: The awesome illustrations I’ve added to this post are from my pal Shea Satterlee, whose work can be found at her website. Reach out to her for more, and support artists!
5. Warm Old Fashionedvia The Spruce Eats
If old fashioneds are your go-to drink, you’ll love this seasonal take on your forever favorite. Orange and cherries combine in this deep whiskey beverage, filling it with flavor and holiday cheer.
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1 orange slice
- 1 maraschino cherry
- splash of club soda
- 2 oz bourbon whiskey
- 2 oz hot water
Drop a sugar cube into a serving glass and saturate it with the bitters. Add the orange slice, cherry, and soda and muddle. Remove the fruit remnants and add the bourbon and warm water. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
Hot Toddy Recipe
Drinking a good hot toddy is my favorite way to combat the winter colds - both frostiness and illness! This is a spicy version that is especially great at keeping any kind of cold at bay.
2 1/2 oz whiskey or bourbon
8 oz (1 cup) hot water
3 fresh ginger slices
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp honey
2 rosemary sprigs (one for the recipe and one to garnish)
Put on the kettle and get some water boiling.
Remove the needles from the stem of one of the rosemary sprigs.
Use a mortar and pestle to grind up the needles, releasing the flavor.
Add ginger slices in with the rosemary and grind until the ginger is more 'pulp' than 'slice'.
*If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can use a wooden or stone bowl and the back of a spoon.
In your serving jar or mug, add the honey, lemon juice and alcohol. Set aside.
Add 1/2 cup of hot water to your ground rosemary + ginger mix and give it a good stir.
Let sit for a couple of minutes, then pour the mix through a small strainer into your jar/mug to filter out the little ginger/herb bits.
Add the remaining water and mix, dissolving the honey.
To finish, toss in a lemon and ginger slice along with your garnish sprig and you are ready to fight off the colds in delicious style!
Irish whiskey recipes: Big Ginger
Note: This is Kieran Folliard's signature drink with a trademarked name. He recommends using an "off the shelf" ginger ale, rather than an artisan version, which will overpower the flavor.
• 2 oz. (1/4 c.) Irish whiskey (Folliard recommends his 2 Gingers whiskey)
•Wedge of lime and lemon for garnish
Fill a collins (tall, narrow) glass with ice and pour whiskey over it. Add the ginger ale, garnish with the lemon and lime.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 230 Fat 0 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 23 mg
Carbohydrates 26 g Calcium 9 mg
Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g
Note: This is a classic drink to buffer the raw winds of March.
In a cup or tall glass mug, stir together the whiskey, sugar and coffee until the sugar is dissolved. Float the cream on top gently. Do not mix.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 250 Fat 11 g Sodium 17 mg
Carbohydrates 6 g Saturated fat 7 g Calcium 27 mg
Protein 1 g Cholesterol 41 mg Dietary fiber 1 g
Note: Perfect for enjoying the first maple syrup of spring. From Beth Dooley.
Pour the whiskey, syrup and water into a cup. Stir with the cinnamon stick.
The Toddy with Tincture Shots
Elderberry and Echinacea are my health boosting dynamic duo. I make a batch of tincture of both each fall, then take them often during cold and flu season. Truly, I credit these two herbs from my backyard for how rarely we get sick in our family.
Take up to 2 tsp per hour for adults and 1/2 to 1 tsp per hour for children at the onset of a cold.
I shared several hard-hitting of cough remedies in this post about pertussis. Those recipes are helpful for all manner of coughs and colds – not just whooping cough!
Also, my Winter Apothecary booklet is the perfect simple introduction to making plant medicines at home. It includes six nourishing, healing recipes written by myself and another local herbalist.
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