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Hot Toddy in a glass mug garnished with star anise and a clove-studded lemon wheel

Hot Toddy

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This soothing and comforting Hot Toddy is so easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients.



  • 13/4 cups boiling water
  • 2 herbal tea bags
  • 3 tablespoons honey (more or less, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • Optional: Cinnamon sticks, star anise and/or lemon wheels studded with cloves for garnish


  1. Boil water in a small saucepan.  Place tea bags in boiling water, remove from heat and cover to steep for approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Pour tea into mug.  Pour in honey, lemon juice and whiskey.  Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, star anise and/or lemon wedges studded with cloves, if desired.


  • Brandy, dark rum or spiced rum can be substituted for whiskey.
  • Maple syrup or agave syrup can be substituted for honey.
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: hot toddy recipe, hot toddy tea