Celebrate National Hot Toddy Day (1/11) with Delicious Twists on the Wintertime Classic

Blade and Bow Hot Toddy

Whether you’re fighting a cold or just feeling cold, a Hot Toddy is the perfect ‘medicine.’ Yes, we know a Hot Toddy isn’t medicine per se, but it can provide relief for a sore throat or congestion, and they definitely taste better than any cough syrup purchased from a pharmacy. If you’re looking to mix things up, try these delicious twists on your next hot toddy.


Oban Hot Toddy
Oban hot toddy courtesy photo


4 oz Water
1 Tea Bag (your preference)
1.5 oz Oban 14 Year Old
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Honey

Garnish: Lemon Wedge

Glassware: Mug


Preparation: Boil water and add tea bag. Let tea steep for two minutes. Remove tea bag and add Oban, lemon juice and honey. Stir with a spoon and garnish with a lemon wedge.



old fashioned with Talisker bottle

Created By: Mixologist Eric Ribeiro


1.25 oz Talisker 10 Year Old
0.25 oz Earl Grey Tea Syrup
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
2 Earl Grey Tea Bags
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Glassware: Rocks Glass


Preparation: Combine water, sugar and Earl Grey tea bags into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Combine Talisker 10 Year Old, Earl Grey Tea syrup, Angostura bitters and orange bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain contents into a Rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.



Johnnie Walker Hot Toddy


1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Honey

Garnish: Sprig of Toasted Rosemary or Star Anise w/Cinnamon Stick

Glassware: Brandy Glass or Mug


Preparation: Heat up 3.4 oz of water until hot. Add water to a brandy glass with Johnnie Walker Black Label, lemon juice, and honey. Lightly stir everything together and garnish with a toasted rosemary sprig or a star anise and cinnamon stick.



Buchanan's Buchanelazo cocktail


1.5 oz Buchanan’s DeLuxe
4 oz Hot Cinnamon Tea
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
0.25 oz Lemon Juice

Garnish: Cinnamon Stick and Lime Wheel

Glassware: Glass Mug


Preparation: To make the tea, boil a cup of water with 3 cinnamon sticks. Dissolve the sugar and add the juice in the boiling tea. Pour Buchanan’s in the glass, pour tea over, and garnish with cinnamon stick and lime wheel.



Seedlip Grove Toddy


1.75 oz Seedlip Grove 42
1 Bar Spoon of Coconut Sugar
* 4 oz Hot Assam Tea

Garnish: Ginger Peel

Glassware: Heat Proof Toddy Glass


Preparation: Combine and stir. *Assam Tea – Brew one tea bag in boiling water for 2 minutes.




1 ½ oz Blade and Bow Bourbon
½ oz Ginger Honey Syrup
1 oz oz Lemon Juice
½ cup Hot Water
4 dashes of Orange Bitters

Garnish: Lemon Wheel and Star Anise

Glassware: Mug

Preparation: In a mug, combine bourbon, lemon juice, syrup and bitters then stir gently until incorporated. Next add hot water and stir again. Garnish with lemon wheel and star anise.

Basil Hayden Hot Toddy

Basil Hayden bottle and hot toddy
Courtesy photo


2 parts Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon

1 part honey

2 lemon wedges

2-3 slices of ginger, peeled

4-5 dashes angostura bitters

4 parts hot water

Cinnamon stick or grated cinnamon


1. In a saucepan over medium-heat, heat the ginger and water until almost boiling.

2. Pour the water into a large mug, straining out the ginger.

3. Add the honey, stirring until it is well dissolved.

4. Squeeze and drop in the lemon wedges.

5. Add the Basil Hayden and bitters, giving it another stir to incorporate all of the ingredients. Feel free to add more honey if you like it a little sweeter!

6. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or grated cinnamon.

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