"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Let us now praise the Hot Toddy

by Julie on January 9, 2014

in Libations

Sure is cold out there. Know what you need? A hot toddy.

Is it really Toddy? That sounds like a muddied American version of Tottie. Or is it spelled Totty?  Who cares. It may be terribly old-fashioned, but it works. Warms your cockles AND makes your snifflies feel better before bed.

Think of it as Moonshined Nyquil.

Here’s what you need. C’mon, it’s easy:

First, you’ll need the obvious curative:

Bushmills whiskey hot toddy

Whiskey (or rum), or the spirit of your choice. But go with whiskey, because it cures all ills…

Then fill the bottom of your mug with honey. THEN…

The juice of a quarter slice of lemon. Yes I'm having a fun night with a cell phone camera...

The juice of a quarter slice of lemon. Yes I’m having a fun night with a cell phone camera…

Finally, make tea. Because isn’t tea really the important part of all of this?

Make it chamomile...for extra healing goodness...

Make it chamomile…for extra healing goodness…

Notice I’m not giving measurements. Your hot toddy may differ from my hot toddy. You may choose TWO ounces of liquor instead of the customary one, for example. No judgement here.

Fill your mug with tea. Stir.

hot toddy

Enjoy your hot toddy.



Enjoy. And stay warm out there!

Festive socks and knit leggings will help keep you warm as well.




{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris January 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

this is lovely. make these all the time. minus the lemon, minus the tea, add ice. 🙂


Julie January 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

That sounds about right to me…;-)


Bruce January 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Ah, hot toddy time! I make it with apple brandy, honey, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, butter and boiling water. Thanks for reminding me!


Anne January 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

You make yours exactly like I make mine!! Agreed – excellent curative.


Julie January 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

My Irish grandmother was right!


laura March 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Love mine made with bourbon! 😉


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