Head Cold? Try a Classic Hot Toddy

I don’t know about you guys, but most of us here at KegWorks are suffering from straight-up plague action; incessant heavy coughing, wicked sore throats and stuffy, miserable noses seem to be the norm as of late.

Bourbon Hot ToddyAll I can think about is mixing up a classic Hot Toddy. I’ve got some bourbon already so I just need to grab a few other ingredients and tonight, hopefully, I’ll have a bit of respite from this horrid nonsense. If you’re feeling even half as sick as I am, you may want to write this down:

Classic Hot Toddy Cocktail
2 oz bourbon or brandy
1 Tbsp honey
¼ lemon
1 c hot water
1 tea bag (black or green, your choice)
Slice of lemon, for garnish (if you dig it)

Heat the water in a tea kettle. Coat the bottom of your mug with honey. Add your liquor and lemon juice to the honey. When your water is ready, steep your tea bag until tea is at your desired flavor. Add the steaming tea to the honey, liquor and lemon juice you’ve already poured into your mug. Toss in a slice of lemon, if you like, and enjoy.

Repeat as desired, until you kick that head cold.

Cheers and be well, my friends!



  • Hannah October 19, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    I asked kids on Twitter – what’s your favorite Hot Toddy recipe?

    So far, I’ve heard:

    Hot buttered rum
    Whiskey, straight

    What other types of Hot Toddy do you guys dig?

  • Knile October 25, 2010 @ 5:21am

    Scotch, hot water, and honey. Alternatively, any old American bourbon will do.

  • George November 10, 2010 @ 8:17am

    Instead of the straight honey, use honey liquor.

  • Hannah November 10, 2010 @ 10:00am

    George – I like where your head’s at.

  • Francis November 11, 2010 @ 7:36pm

    Hot Toddy is Brandy on the west coast and Whisk(e)y on the East coast

  • Hannah November 12, 2010 @ 9:42am

    Francis – mmm, that sounds delicious. I like brandy in my egg nog, too.

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