Hot Toddy

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Hard liquor, served hot. In times past, hot toddies were often prescribed as a head-cold remedy. Today, liquor as medication is generally frowned upon because of its dehydrating effects. However, if you’re one of those people who can’t tolerate over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, this beverage may offer the relief you need—just drink an extra glass of water to replenish your body.

  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 8 ounces bourbon, rye whiskey, or dark rum
  • 24 ounces boiling water
  • 4 lemon slices


  1. Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons honey in each of 4 warmed cups. Add bourbon, rye, or rum and then water. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Garnish each cup with a lemon slice and serve.


  1. Gin Toddy
    Substitute infused gin for the bourbon.
    Applejack Toddy
    Substitute pure maple syrup for the honey and applejack for the bourbon. Cinnamon tea may be substituted for the boiling water.


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