Food Monday ~ Hot Toddy (Whiskey)

Will asked if I would share my version of a Hot Toddy. Do you think he is going to have a party?  I hope I’ll be invited! 😉

Hot Toddy (Whiskey)

For each serving:
1 measure of your favourite Irish Whiskey*
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
2 slices of freshly cut lemon
6 cloves
8 ounces (or less) of boiling water

Rinse out a mug or hot-whiskey glass with boiling water to warm it. This is as essential a step with hot drinks as chilling the glass is with cold ones. Standing a teaspoon in the glass before adding the hot water helps prevent it from cracking.

Cut the lemon slices in half and stud the white pith between the flesh and the peel with whole cloves.

Pour whiskey and sugar into the heated glass & add the lemon slices.

Add the boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Serve immediately.

*In the South of Ireland the choice of whiskey might be Paddy or Powers
In Northern Ireland it would have to be Black Bush.


Way back in the dim and distant past I posted a medicinal Cold Cure version. Now that we begin the season of sniffles and colds, it might be worth checking out.

12 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Hot Toddy (Whiskey)

  1. Elly Parker

    “*In the South of Ireland the choice of whiskey might be Paddy or Powers”

    Yes – and yuck! I always have to ask for my hot whiskeys to be made with Jameson, it’s much nicer than Paddy or Powers. Most of the bars use those two as standard…

  2. Will Knott

    This might be more for Elly, but does a hot whiskey intensify the flavours (as some of the alcohol is boiled off) or dilute it (as more water is added).

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Tilly I like the idea of a dark rum toddy. If I am truthful, I am not a whiskey fan.

    Elly – Dan would be proud of you!!

    Shackman – At home on a dreary dark winter’s night I make hot port with lemon and extra honey for myself. It slips down nicely.

    Will – I will let Elly answer this one.

  4. Maria from Silver Fox

    This is all too much for me. I talk a good drink, but outside of an occasional glass of wine, I am pretty much a tee-totaler.

    I want to thank you for all the comments on my posts from San Antonio. I didn’t respond or read others posts while there. Just too, too busy.

  5. Warren Lieberman

    My father would mix whiskey, honey and tea for a cold remedy. For himself only, while Mom gave us awful tasting cough syrup. The next cold winter night I’ll have to try your recipe. Pray for cold weather soon.

  6. Grannymar Post author

    Elly – Am I right in thinking that these jellies might appear on the menu for your Halloween party?

    Maria SF – It sounds like you need another holiday to recover! 😉

    Warren – You can have some of our cold weather free gratis if like. I fancy a little heat for my bones.

  7. Grannymar Post author

    Warren – Thank you for the mention. I look forward to reading how you deal with the alphabet.

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