Brandy Hot Toddy

No one is quite sure where the name of this hot beverage came from.  No one is quite sure where the drink originated, but there is speculation that both the drink and the name may originate in or around Edinburgh, Scotland.

There are many recipes for making the Hot Toddy.  All recipes have in common an alcohol component, such as rum, whisky, or brandy, a sweetening component, a hot liquid such as coffee, tea or water, and flavouring from fresh lemon juice.

My grandfather used to tell of having hot toddies when he was feeling under the weather growing up in Scotland.  This is the recipe my grandmother would make for me when I was old enough, in her opinion, to use alcohol as a cough or cold remedy.

Simple Hot Toddy
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
This is a nice sweet hot alcoholic beverage. I love it when I have a cough, cold, or sore throat.
Course: Beverages
Servings: 1 Mug
Author: John Winslow
  • 1 oz Brandy can also be Bourbon, Rum, Scotch, or Rye
  • 1 tbsp honey Creamed or Liquid
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice Fresh squeezed is best. Real Lemon™ will do.
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz hot water
  1. Boil water in kettle
  2. Combine other ingredients in a large mug
  3. Add boiling water and stir until the honey and cinnamon are well dissolved

  4. Serve hot
Recipe Notes

As with any drink, this drink may require some tweaking to satisfy each person's differing tastes.