Hot Toddy

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Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Lisa Johnson

Cold and flu season is upon us and it is time to fight back! How do I plan to fight back you ask? With a soothing Hot Toddy before bed….at least that is my current plan. Tomorrow I will be back with a recipe for homemade nighttime cold medicine that is also part of my arsenal for trying to survive. I don’t know about you, but I like sleep!!

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A few weeks ago I was watching The Kitchen on Food Network. They were talking about all of their favorite ways to enjoy whiskey, and a Hot Toddy was mentioned. I have heard of Hot Toddy’s in the past, but I honestly had no idea what it was…until I came down with a brutal cold last week and I decided that it was time to figure it out. 😉

As you can imagine, there are about a million different ways to make a Hot Toddy, but this turned out to be my favorite. Warning: the images are a bit different than the final recipe, so just go with it. 😉

How to make a Hot Toddy:

Start by pouring 1 ounce of bourbon whiskey into a glass or cup…..

Hot Toddy bourbon cookingwithcurls.com

I was going for something smooth that wouldn’t burn the back of my throat, so I chose to use Four Roses.

Now add 1 Tablespoon of honey…..

Hot Toddy honey cookingwithcurls.com

Even with my head pounding and the room spinning, I still can’t stop taking step-by-step photos, LOL

Pour in the boiling hot water…..

Hot Toddy water cookingwithcurls.com

Add a lemon slice, then use a cinnamon stick to stir the drink together. Allow your drink to sit for a few minutes to cool down, and to let the lemon infuse with the other flavors…..

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Now sit back and enjoy before bedtime. The theory behind the Hot Toddy is that the Vitamin C from the lemon helps your immune system. The honey is to soothe, and and the alcohol is to numb!

All I know, is that I need all the help I can get to fall asleep when I am sick. How about you? Do you have trouble getting to sleep when your sick?

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Hot Toddy

Fight back this cold and flu season with a Hot Toddy before bed!!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, recipe, whiskey, bourbon, honey, lemon
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 ounce bourbon whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Pour the bourbon whiskey and honey into a 6 ounce glass or cup.
  • Add the hot water and lemon slice.
  • Stir drink with a cinnamon stick and serve.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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