|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Warm, toasty and just in time for winter, the hot toddy is a classic hot cocktail and it is very simple to make. The basic recipe requires only a base liquor, honey, lemon, and tea. This formula has inspired a number of toddy recipes and is ideal for experimentation so you can start creating your own personal toddy.
Brandy, rum, and whiskey all make an excellent hot toddy. Which you choose will be a matter of personal taste or whatever you have on hand. You can also customize the flavor of tea, switch out the fruit, or sweeten it with whatever you like. However you choose to make your toddy, it can quickly become a new favorite.
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Gather the ingredients.
Heat the water in a tea kettle or the microwave. Once warm, add a tea bag and allow to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes (or according to the tea's recommended brewing time).
While brewing the tea, heat your mug or an Irish coffee glass by filling it with warm water.
Once the glass is warm, dump the water out and coat the bottom with honey.
Add the liquor, squeeze the juice from a lemon wedge into the glass, then fill with the brewed tea. Stir well to incorporate the honey.
Serve and enjoy!
- Toddies are an old style of drink. The legendary bartender, Jerry Thomas wrote about a warm whiskey punch in the late 1800s. To make it: Place a single sugar cube into a pre-heated mug and add hot water until it's nearly full (leave room for the whiskey). Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add 2 ounces of either Irish or Scotch whiskey and a piece of lemon peel.
- Create a hot gin toddy with your favorite gin. This one's perfect for when you feel a sore throat coming on.
- Don't feel like liquor tonight? Simply skip the booze and you have a hot not toddy.
- Agave nectar is an excellent substitute for the sweetener. It will retain the richness of honey and is vegan.
- Another option is simple syrup, which is nothing more than sugar transformed into a liquid (you can do it at home). Flavor can be added to that; cinnamon syrup is an excellent choice, or you could have fun with the likes of a cranberry spice syrup.
- If you don't have a liquid sweetener, simply stir in 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. The warm tea will dissolve it quickly.
- Feel free to experiment with your favorite types of tea. Most black and green teas mix well into a toddy, but from there it's a personal preference.
How Strong Is the Hot Toddy?
The hot toddy is not one of those drinks that you down simply to get drunk. It is more of an experience and a way to relax, so its alcohol content may be irrelevant for the most part. However, for the curious drinker, you can expect it to weigh in around 6 percent ABV (12 proof). That's about the same as a high-point beer.