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Hot Toddy Recipe


An image of a black tea Hot Toddy in a double-walled glass mug

You can also serve Hot Toddies with a stick of cinnamon or a clove-studded wedge of lemon as a garnish.

Lindsey Goodwin
Hot Toddies are warming wintertime drinks that people often sip as a remedy for colds, coughs, sore throats and the flu. Hot Toddies are sometimes made with hot water or apple cider, but many people (myself included) prefer to make them with tea, which imparts an added flavor and (according to some studies) aids in lessening the symptoms and duration of the common cold.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One serving



  1. Combine water and spices in a pot.
  2. Bring water to just below boiling and remove from heat.
  3. Add tealeaves.
  4. Steep for 4 minutes, and then strain into a large mug.
  5. Stir in honey.
  6. Float brandy, rum or whiskey on the top of the drink.
  7. Squeeze lemon into the mug.
  8. (Optional) Drop the lemon into the mug for a stronger citrus flavor.

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