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

Hot Toddy

This soothing and comforting Hot Toddy is so easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water
  • 2 herbal tea bags
  • 3 tablespoons honey more or less, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice from about ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup whiskey
  • cinnamon sticks, star anise and/or lemon wheels studded with cloves optional garnish


  • 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.
  • Pour tea into mug.  Pour in honey, lemon juice and whiskey.  Stir to combine.
  • 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.