Hot toddy on a cold night

The temperature is falling everywhere, including South Florida. As someone who grew up in the north, I have to do what I can to get into the winter spirit. Warm drinks in the evening hit the spot and put me in the cold-weather mood.

Since trying a sazerac on a recent trip to New Orleans, I’ve been on a wanting-to-try-whiskey-more kick. As the weather has cooled, I’ve seen more mentions of the hot toddy, so now was the time to grab some whiskey and give it a try.

Hot toddies are warm drinks spiked with alcohol meant to be enjoyed at the end of the night. There are a few different recipes out there — all simple — but I picked this because it has honey, lemon and a cinnamon stick, so it’s kind of like a spiked tea to relax and clear the mind. It took about 5 minutes tops to assemble, but lasted a long time to sip and enjoy. It was, indeed, a good nightcap.

Honey-bourbon toddy

Makes 2


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon
  • Strip of lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Stir honey and hot water into a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves.
  2. Add bourbon.
  3. Divide between two mugs.
  4. Twist the lemon peel over each drink. Stir with the cinnamon stick, let sit for a minute and serve.

What is your favorite whiskey drink? I have a few kinds of whiskey now and am looking for good go-to drinks.

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