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Got a Cold? Try Our Hot Toddy Recipe

The Hot Toddy is a classic whiskey cocktail that has been enjoyed for centuries. Traditionally made with whisky, honey, lemon, and water, the Hot Toddy is said to be a great way to soothe a sore throat or fight off a cold.

While the exact origin of the drink is unknown, it is thought to have originated in Scotland or Ireland. Today, the Hot Toddy is enjoyed all over the world and can be made with a variety of different spirits


Historically, whiskey was used medicinally. During the civil war, field medics used it to keep wounded soldiers’ pain at bay until stronger opiates became available. And during the prohibition, the only way that you could get whiskey was if you had a prescription for it. So, it’s safe to say, there were probably a lot of sick people back then.

The Hot Toddy is easy to make and is known to ease cold symptoms.

The ingredients include:

1 oz. whiskey (Our choice was Buffalo Trace Bourbon)

Black tea (one bag)

Half a lemon (juiced)

Honey (to taste)

Optional ingredients: one cinnamon stick and 3 whole cloves


Bring water to a boil and add the tea bag and cloves, let steep for 3-5 minutes. In your mug, pour one oz. of whiskey over the cinnamon stick. After the whiskey, add the honey to taste. Lastly, pour the hot tea over the whiskey, honey, and cinnamon stick.

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Madison Kopta is an editor at Whiskey Raiders. As a Northern California native and mom of four, Madison spends much of her time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. From camping to keeping an eagle eye out for Bigfoot, you can find Madison in nature, enjoying a glass of whiskey with her husband.