Classic Hot Toddy
Cheers to round two of cocktail week! Today, we’re warming up with hot toddies, which could not be easier to make. For this classic cocktail, you’ll just need hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon.
Hot toddies are lovely slow sippers (perfect for playing cards with the family, Mara says) or night caps. Unlike mulled wine, wassail or warm cider, which can be overwhelmingly sweet, hot toddies are light and hydrating.
The secret to making the best hot toddy is simple—just tinker with the amount of lemon juice and honey until it suits your taste buds. I’ve provided some guidelines in the recipe below. I think you’ll be surprised by how much an extra teaspoon of lemon juice or honey changes the flavor.
If you order a hot toddy at a bar, you’ll probably receive a whiskey drink. Any good whiskey will do—I’ve enjoyed hot toddies made with Bulleit Rye, Jameson, and Wiser’s.
If you prefer, you can make your hot toddy with dark rum or brandy. You’ll find more ways to change up the drink in my recipe notes. Perhaps you can offer a hot toddy bar at your holiday party this year? I love that idea!
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