7 Warm and Soothing Hot Toddy Recipes to Try Tonight

Many Toddies for Those Cold Nights of Winter

When the cold winter winds start to blow, many of us turn to a favorite drink to warm up. That drink is the Hot Toddy, a steaming mix of liquor and tea with a little lemon and honey. It's simple, it's fantastic, and it's the perfect way to take the chill out of your bones.

The toddy is actually an old-fashioned style of cocktail that has been around for over a century. While it ​can be served either hot or cold, the Hot Toddy is the most popular of the two. By definition, a toddy is a drink with a distilled spirit, sweetener, and water. While the original Hot Toddy portrays that perfectly, there are many possibilities if you're creative with what is in your bar.

  • 01 of 07

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy
    Hot Toddy. Susie Cushner/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    This is the Hot Toddy, the classic that everyone thinks about when they hear the name. It is the foundation for all other toddies and even this recipes comes with a few options.

    Most people associate the Hot Toddy with whiskey and it is typically a blended whiskey, though many prefer the robust taste of bourbon. You can also enjoy its sweeter side and use brandy or even rum. From there, you can choose your tea and your sweetener as well.

    No matter which way you mix it up, this is the ideal way to begin an exploration of Hot Toddies.

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    Hot Not Toddy

    Hot Not Toddy
    Warm up with a Hot Not Toddy, everything you love about the Hot Toddy, without the booze. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    For the non-drinker, the Hot Not Toddy is ideal. Not only is this a non-alcoholic version of the original, but it encourages you to play with different types of tea to obtain a very personal flavor.

    Favorites include black oolong, green tea, and Earl Grey. Orange-based teas and specialty herbal teas are also excellent, particularly those with a concentration of cinnamon and other spices.

    The Hot Not Toddy is also a comfort when you are under the weather. It's easy to make and the soothing drink is perfectly aromatic, the ideal remedy that helps you feel a little better.

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    Hot Gin Toddy

    Gin Toddy
    Of all the toddy recipes, the Gin Toddy is by far the most aromatic and it is so soothing. Photo Courtesy of: © Tanqueray London Dry Gin

    Gin makes one of the best bases for toddies and this is a great example.

    When the Hot Gin Toddy is constructed, the botanicals of the gin are enhanced, creating an ultra-aromatic drink. That is offset by the lemon juice and to add just a hint of sweetness, a pinch of sugar is thrown in.

    Whether it's as a nightcap, a quick warmer, or to find some relief from a head cold, the Hot Gin Toddy may quickly become your new go-to cocktail.

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    Grand Rum Toddy

    Grand Rum Toddy - Hot Rum Drinks
    Add a little citrus to your hot rum toddy and enjoy the comforting aroma of this easy Grand Rum Toddy recipe. Paul Johnson / E+ / Getty Images

    The Grand Rum Toddy shows that with a little creativity you can create any flavor of toddy you want. This one focuses on citrus fruits and it's just the beginning of the possibilities.

    In this toddy, a sweet rum is combined with a sweet orange liqueur - Gran Gala or Grand Marnier - and a little lime juice is added to enhance the citrus. The combination comes to life with hot water and it ends up as a delightful, semi-tropical toddy.

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    Hot Ginger Toddy

    Hot Ginger Toddy
    Hot Ginger Toddy. Rob Lawson / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Ginger is not new in the world of hot toddies. Up until a few years ago, you needed to make a ginger syrup to get this drink, but that has since changed.

    Thanks to a recent resurgence in ginger-flavored liqueurs, the Hot Ginger Toddy is even easier to make. Brands like Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur are everywhere and you should have no problems locating a bottle.

    Again, when heat is applied to ginger it enhances the aroma and flavors that play off the bourbon. It creates an extremely delightful hot sipper that will not go unnoticed.

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    Hot Apple Toddy

    Hot Apple Toddy
    A simple twist on a winter favorite, the Hot Apple Toddy brings warm cider into the mix. Gary Moss Photography/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    The Hot Apple Toddy is another favorite and is a superb choice for chilly days when you need a quick warm up. It's only logical that if we love hot cider, whiskey-spiked hot cider will be a tasty treat.

    In this toddy, the hot water is replaced with hot apple cider and paired with your favorite whiskey. Using an apple brandy is a nice alternative, however, it can be a little too much apple for some tastes.

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    Hot Cinn Apple Toddy

    Hot Cinn Apple Toddy
    Warm up by the fire with a Hot Cinn Apple Toddy. NightAndDayImages/E+/Getty Images

    Add a touch of apple and cinnamon to your toddy in this soothing variation. It's ideal for any chilly night.

    The recipe calls for a particular brand of cinnamon schnapps that tastes like a cinnamon roll. When it is combined with hot apple cider and a fine bourbon, the drink is sure to please.