9 Hot Toddy Home Remedies Recipes To Stop Inflammation, Fight Bacteria, And Beat Colds


National Hot Toddy Day may “officially” be January 11 but there’s no time like the present to whip up one of these classic chest-warming mixtures.

The Hot Toddy is a classic hot drink  recipe that requires only a base liquor, honey, lemon, and tea. In my research, I’ve found that this was a brown liquor drink and it really depends on your personal taste.  Brandy, rum and whiskey are all excellent choices for the base of the hot toddy.

The Alcohol in whiskey is a great decongestant it helps to dilate the blood vessels and allowing the white blood cells to start to fight infection, herbal tea has Immune-enhancing herbs , the raw honey will add  a dose of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties along with the  sulfur, which help to soothe sore throats and is a natural cough suppressant, lemon will give a boost of vitamin C , and the warm steam emanating from the drink helps to open up your sinus’s. That’s why this drink is a perfect concoction for helping to clear up your cold symptoms.

As you read my gathered collection of recipes let the basic recipe inspire  you on a journey to experiment and make your perfect personal  Hot Toddy drink!


The Classic Hot Toddy

1½ ounce brown liquor
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ ounce lemon juice
1 cup hot Gypsy Cold Care tea
Lemon wedge and a cinnamon stick


First pour the honey, lemon, and cinnamon stick into a glass or mug. Top with hot tea, and your brown liquor , stir, and add a lemon wedge for garnish. Allow to steep, covered, for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
Sip slowly. Repeat every two hours (or as needed) for cold/flu.

The Not Toddy

6 oz Gypsy Cold Care hot Tea
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp ground or whole cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lemon wedge


First pour the honey, lemon, and spices into a glass or mug. Top with hot tea, stir, and add a lemon wedge for garnish

Chamomile Toddy

1½ ounce brown liquor
½ ounce raw honey
Lemon wedge
Orange slice
Cinnamon stick
4 ounces hot brewed Chamomile tea
Grated nutmeg (optional)

Add the first five ingredients to mug. Top with the Chamomile tea, and garnish with grated nutmeg, if desired.

The Spiced Rum Toddy  

2 ounces spiced rum
1 ounce Montenegro Amaro
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce Grade B organic  maple syrup
Dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters
Dash of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Bitters
4 ounces hot water
Orange peel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the garnish into a coffee mug. Garnish with an orange peel.

The Jackie Boy Toddy 

2 ounces  Jack Daniels

1 tablespoon honey

4 ounces Hot water

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 slice fresh lemon

Combine all ingredients into a coffee mug. Garnish with an lemon wedge.

Honey-Bourbon Toddy 

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup hot water

2 oz. of bourbon

2  lemon  wedges

2 cinnamon sticks  

Combine all ingredients into a coffee mug. Garnish with an lemon wedge.

Whiskey Clove Toddy

2oz of whiskey

1 cup of boiling water

2 tbsp. of honey

3 lemon wedges

8 whole cloves

Combine all ingredients into a coffee mug. Garnish with an lemon wedge

The Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

6 oz organic apple cider
1 slice fresh ginger
1 tsp honey
2 oz whiskey
1 slice lemon


To infuse your apple cider, first, peel and chop several slices of ginger. Bring 6-8 ounces of apple cider to a boil in a non aluminum pot. Once the cider boils, add in ginger. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Puree your mixture in a blender and strain using a mesh strainer.

To make the toddy, add the whiskey to your ginger-infused cider while the cider is still hot. Stir in honey. Pour into a glass or mug, and garnish with lemon and ginger slice.


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