This Classic Hot Toddy Recipe Will Keep You Warm All Winter

Whether you’re off-season camping, hosting a holiday get-together, or just looking to warm your bones, this cold-weather classic never fails
October 30, 2018Words by Lyndsay HarperPhotos by Alex Souza


When Old Man Winter rears his ugly head, there’s no better feeling than escaping into the warmth of your den with the fireplace throwing out heat, cozying up on the couch beneath a pile of blankets and a warm drink cradled between both hands. Our favorite? None other than the quintessential cold-weather classic: a Hot Toddy. The heated ingredients combined with bourbon’s own fiery effects make for a solid one-two punch against the frigid outside temps.

Classic hot toddy ingredients

It’s somewhat of a go-to for us here at Huckberry — pairing well with all of our off-season camping adventures, après-ski hot tub soaks, and ugly sweater parties that punctuate the holiday season. So, we figured we’d share our favorite recipe to help keep you thawed out and relaxed all season long. With a few simple ingredients (and some of your own for a personal twist), you can throw together the perfect cocktail that elevates your temperature and your hosting game. Give it a try and let us know what you think.


(Makes 1 drink)

• 1 ounce dark rum or bourbon

• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

• 1 tablespoon pure honey

• 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, optional

• 1/4 cup hot water or brewed black tea|

• Thinly sliced lemon

• Cinnamon sticks


Add the honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar into a warmed mug (you can warm a mug by filling it with hot water and emptying it). Add hot water or hot tea and stir until all of the honey has dissolved. Add your favorite rum or bourbon, add a freshly sliced lemon, and lastly drop in the cinnamon sticks for both flavor and garnish. Cheers.

Enjoy your hot toddy

Alternate Ingredients

We don’t always have all the right ingredients on hand, especially when we’re off the grid. So here’s a list of alternate ingredients for when you’re in a pinch, or just feel like shakin’ things up.


• 1 ounce dark rum or bourbon—with 1 ounce brandy or whiskey

• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice—with 2 teaspoons fresh orange or grapefruit juice

• 1 tablespoon pure honey—with 1 tablespoon brown sugar or agave nectar

• 1/4 cup hot water or brewed black tea—with 1/4 cup brewed chamomile or ginger tea

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