It’s been a few years since I shared our Traditional Hot Toddy recipe—it’s time to ‘spruce’ it up before the holidays! The Hot Toddy, or at least this specific recipe, evokes all the Christmas feels!
Stephen prefers Gentleman Jack, while I prefer Bullet bourbon. To be honest, I think Gentleman Jack is sweeter than Bullet bourbon making it an excellent choice for creating a traditional Hot Toddy. That’s what I like most about making Hot Toddy’s—it’s easy to customize! If you have a sweet tooth, add more honey, and if you don’t, add less. It’s that simple.
Since Gentleman Jack is a bit sweeter, I add the same amount of honey for Stephen’s Hot Toddy as mine—1 teaspoon. Start by adding just one teaspoon and taste it; if you like it sweeter, add more. (Don’t skip out on quality honey—local is best! Or filtered water.)
- 2 oz of your favorite bourbon or whiskey
- 1 teaspoon of honey, or more
- Warm filtered water
- Add 8 whole cloves and a thin slice of lemon
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top or add a cinnamon stick
Allow a few minutes for the honey, cloves and lemon to steep in warm water, then add bourbon or whiskey and top off with either a cinnamon stick or cinnamon dust—either is pretty! Cheers!