Bourbon Hot Toddy

Disclaimer: This drink does not have actual healing properties and don’t take this as medical advice. If you’re seriously sick, see a doctor or another qualified individual.

Hello again Bourbon Lodgers. Winter has come and with it have followed the inevitable sniffles, sore throats, sicknesses of the season. I’m not here to argue for or against the healing properties of bourbon. It is well known that bourbon in olden times was believed to have healing properties and was even a go-to medicine in the house call doctor’s bag of tricks. According to this article from the Smithsonian it was common practice for physicians during prohibition to write (some legitimate, some bogus) prescriptions for whiskey to cure common ailments of the time.

I want to share with you one of my personal favorite cocktail recipes I find myself using when these common winter ailments come my way, or just on a cold winter’s day to warm up. Many Toddy recipes just use water instead of the tea, but I’ve always enjoyed hot tea when feeling under the weather and opt to use some in my version. This will be the Tale of Two Toddies thanks to an additional Hot Toddy recipe that was shared with me I have yet to try.

Hot Tea Hot Toddy


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup brewed hot tea (I use Kroger private selection tea, your favorite tea will be fine)
  • 1.5-3oz (1-2 shots) of Bourbon (I generally use Buffalo Trace or Makers Mark for my toddy).
  • 1/2 of Lemon – fresh squeezed
  • 1 lemon peel garnish if you’re feeling fancy


Steep your favorite tea with 6-8oz of boiling water for 5 minutes. Stir in honey and squeeze in lemon juice from 1/2 lemon. Last add your bourbon and garnish if desired, and enjoy hot.

Hot Apple Cider Hot Toddy


  • 1 cup hot apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1.5-3oz (1-2 shots)  of Bourbon
  • 1 small pat of butter


In one cup of hot apple cider, add Bourbon and pat of butter. Stir with cinnamon stick and enjoy hot.


As always let us know what you think about these in the comments below and feel free to share some of your other favorite cold weather cocktails with us. Enjoy!

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