Hot Toddy Recipe

A warming tonic on a cold day. Learn how to make the Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe with our award winning bartenders.
Hot Toddy Cocktail

Method

Build

Glass

Glass Mug

Category

Whisky

HOT TODDY RECIPE INGREDIENTS

50ml Scotch Whisky
7.5ml Lemon Juice
7.5ml Honey or Honey Syrup
5ml Sugar Syrup
Cloves
60ml Water

HOW TO MAKE A HOT TODDY COCKTAIL

Boil a kettle or pan of water.

Warm your glass, then add the whisky, sugar syrup, lemon juice, and honey.

Pour in half the boiled water and slowly stir the mix.

Add the dried cloves then top with the rest of the water.

GARNISH

Cinnamon Stick

TELL US ABOUT THE HOT TODDY COCKTAIL RECIPE

In “The Pickwick Papers” Charles Dickens describes a scene where drinkers suffer the effects of one too many Whiskies.

“I don’t quite recollect how many tumblers of whiskey toddy each man drank after supper;

but this I know, that about one o’clock in the morning, the baillie’s grown-up son became insensible while attempting the first verse of ‘Willie brewed a peck o’ maut’”

This quote would seem to suggest that the Hot Toddy was in circulation by at least 1836 when the novel was published.

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens mentions a Whisky Toddy, perhaps a reference to the Hot Toddy Recipe
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens mentions a Whisky Toddy, perhaps a reference to the Hot Toddy Recipe

The exact origins of the drink are unknown, however.

It’s thought that the word originated from the Hindi word tārī (pronounced “taddy”) meaning a drink made from fermented sap from a palm tree.

By the 1780s the word taddy was written down and defined as “a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar and spices.”

However, other legends attribute the drinks creation to Scotland and Ireland.

In Scotland, some say that only drinks made from water from Edinburgh’s Tod’s Well can be called a Hot Toddy.

Legends also tell of Dr. Robert Bently Todd who allegedly created the drink to stop himself getting ill.

Whatever the source, by the middle of the 19th century, the drink was in wide circulation across the globe, especially in Europe and America.

Mentioned in the Burlington Free Press in 1837, the Hot Toddy recipe was listed as a miraculous cure for many common ailments.

“If your child begins to snuffle occasionally, to have red eyes, or a little deafness; if his skin feels dry and hot, and his breath is feverish

– you have now an opportunity of doing your work much faster than ever before.

Ply him well with hot stimulating drinks, of which hot toddy is the best.”

Of course, we wouldn’t recommend following this advice today!

However, even if the medical benefits of the Hot Toddy may be less so than was thought in the 1830s, it remains a warming, comforting drink for a cold Autumn and Winter’s day.

EXPERT TIP

To make the honey syrup, mix one part honey with two parts water.

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