Hot Toddy (Hot Scotch & Tea)

This Hot Toddy is the perfect winter warmer. Combining hot tea with a generous measure of Scotch whisky, this cocktail is sure to make you feel cosy and content. The Scotch whisky adds a smoky, peaty flavour to the tea, while a squeeze of lemon adds a zesty finish. Enjoy this Hot Toddy on a cold winter's night for a truly comforting experience.

Hot Toddy (Hot Scotch & Tea)

The origin of the Hot Toddy cocktail is unclear. It is believed to have originated in Scotland, where it was initially known as a Hot Scotch and Tea. However, the exact details of its creation and the person behind it remain a mystery. The Hot Toddy has since gained popularity worldwide and is enjoyed as a comforting and warming beverage, especially during the colder months. Its ingredients typically include whiskey, hot water or tea, honey or sugar, and lemon. The combination of these ingredients creates a soothing and relaxing drink that is often used as a remedy for cold and flu symptoms. Despite the ambiguous origins, the Hot Toddy has become a classic cocktail choice for those seeking a cozy and comforting beverage.

Difficulty: Beginner



  1. Place bar spoon loaded with honey in warmed glass
  2. Add other ingredients and STIR until honey dissolves


  1. Choose good quality ingredients: Use a high-quality scotch whisky and a good quality tea to ensure a delicious cocktail.
  2. Adjust the sweetness: The sweetness of a Hot Toddy can be adjusted to your taste preference. Add honey or maple syrup for a sweeter cocktail, or reduce the amount for a less sweet version.
  3. Temperature matters: Make sure to heat the water to the right temperature for steeping the tea. It should be hot but not boiling to prevent a bitter taste.
  4. Steep your tea properly: Let the tea steep for the recommended amount of time to extract its flavors fully. This will ensure a well-balanced drink.
  5. Experiment with spices: Enhance the flavor of your Hot Toddy by adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg. These can be added directly to the cocktail or used to garnish.
  6. Preheat your glass: To keep your Hot Toddy warm for longer, preheat your glass by filling it with hot water for a few minutes before making the cocktail.
  7. Garnish with citrus: Adding a slice of lemon or orange to your Hot Toddy will not only elevate its visual appeal but also add a refreshing citrusy flavor.
  8. Don't forget to stir: Use a cocktail spoon or a stir stick to gently mix all the ingredients together. This will distribute the flavors evenly and ensure a well-incorporated cocktail.
  9. Serve immediately: Hot Toddy is best enjoyed hot, so serve it immediately after preparation to fully experience its warmth and flavor.
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