When you’re feeling the chill of winter or even a little under the weather, there’s nothing more comforting than a hot beverage. In fact, one of our favourite warm beverages, the Hot Toddy, started out as a cold remedy. It was said that the lemon was for vitamin C, the honey to soothe your throat and the whisky to numb you!

Today, there are plenty of variations to this popular cold weather beverage and it’s not just to “cure what ails you” anymore. There’s something about the flavour of a good Hot Toddy that reminds us of the holidays and is a great end to a long, cold day.


Simple Hot Toddy Recipe

Sometimes you want to keep it simple. Here’s a great recipe for a basic Hot Toddy that’s easy to make.


Ingredients For Hot Toddy

1 bag Chamomile Tea (or your favourite herbal tea)
8 oz hot water
1 tsp honey
1 oz Bourbon or Rum
1 lemon wedge
1 cinnamon stick


How To Make A Hot Toddy

  1. Steep the tea for 3 minutes then add your favourite Bourbon or Rum.
  2. Add the honey and stir until melted.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon wedge and drop into the mix.
  4. Add the cinnamon stick.

Sit back and enjoy.


Add a Bit of Wine to Your Favourite Hot Toddy Recipe

Of course, at JustWine we think every good thing goes with wine and a Hot Toddy is no exception. We’ve got a great recipe for you with delicious flavour and a good amount of wine added to the mix. Make a pot of this Spiced Wine Hot Toddy for convenience. Pour as needed and keep the rest of it warmed on the stove to fill your house with delicious holiday aromas.


The Ultimate Spiced Wine Hot Toddy Recipe


Ingredients for Spiced Wine Hot Toddy

2 bottles Pinot Noir Wine
1/2 cup real maple syrup
4 oz Bourbon or Rum
1 clove, crushed
Rind and juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1/2 cinnamon stick, grated


How To Make A Hot Toddy With Wine

  1. Put the spices (clove, ginger, lemon rind) into a tea ball or strainer.
    (You don’t want chunks in your beverage!)
  2. Add all the ingredients to a large pot on medium heat. Stir. (Do not let the liquid come to a boil or you will lose alcohol concentration and flavour intensity.)
  3. Let the ingredients simmer together then serve and enjoy.


With a Hot Toddy in hand, settle in to your favourite chair by the fireplace. Grab a cozy blanket and a good book. *Sigh*



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