Hot Toddy Recipe

We had our first snow of the season. It looks so lovely! I think this day calls for a hot toddy.

Poinsettias in front of a snowy window.

Although there is no standard recipe, hot toddies are usually made with some type of liquor (generally Scotch or bourbon), a sweetener (such as sugar or honey), a warm base (like water, tea, or apple cider), and lemon.

The recipe that I am making today is from Scotsman Food & Drink

Here’s What You Need:

Glass with a handle (I prefer clear glass)

35 ml (that is, 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp) blended Scotch (non-peaty preferred)   *I used The Dimple Pinch 15 yr. old and it was delicious.

1 Tbsp honey

4-5 oz. boiling water (enough to top up the glass but not so much as to water it down)

Whole cloves

1 lemon

Optional:  sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise

A bottle of Dimple Pinch.

Method (adapted):

  1.  Cut the lemon in half, then cut a 1/4 inch flat slice from one of the halves.
  2. Optional:  If desired, rim the glass with sugar.
  3.  Add the Scotch and the honey.
  4.  Add the boiling water so that your glass is about 3/4 full.  *Adding more water will dilute the taste.
  5.  Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon into the glass and stir.
  6. “Pin” several whole cloves into the flat slice of lemon and float lemon slice on top of the liquid.
  7.  Optional:  Add a stick of cinnamon or star anise for extra flavor.
  8.  Enjoy!
Hot Toddy and candles on a table decorated for Christmas.
Overhead shot of a Hot Toddy.

Such a delicious and comforting beverage for a cold, wintry day. What is your favorite snow day treat?

Have a great day, everyone!



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