Classic Hot Toddy

A Kendall Oberto Recipe

Classic Hot Toddy

I am blessed enough to have wonderful girlfriends. Since my "tribe" and I have been together now for many years, it is always a challenge to come up with a unique idea for the small gifts that we exchange at the holidays. Here's one I prepared a few years ago. I started with some beautiful pottery hand warmer mugs and filled them with all the components of a hot toddy including.
A lemonSome lemon tea bagsA few packets of lemon juice (yes, you can find these at the grocery store)A travel size bottle of honey whiskeyA few honey sticksA few cinnamon sticks
I then printed out a card for this recipe and attached it to the completed kit. Of course the hot toddy was fleeting but the lovely mug was a great longer term gift. Use your imagination, I can see hot chocolate mix, with marshmallows and peppermint schnapps or do a non-alchoholic cold buster version with powdered cold medicine (like TheraFlu).
This recipe come from


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 oz whiskey
  • 2-3 tsp honey
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • In a teapot or saucepan, bring the water to a simmer. Pour the hot water into a mug.
    Add the whiskey, 2 teaspoons honey and 2 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water. Taste, and add 1 teaspoon honey for more sweetness, and/or 1 teaspoon more lemon juice for more zing.
    Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick (if using). Enjoy!
    Happy Holidays!!


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