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How to Make a Hot Toddy – A Delicious Immune Booster!


3 Min Read – How to make a Hot Toddy – If you’re battling a cold, looking to avoid one or simply want a delicious winter drink, consider hot toddies with immune boosters. The chilly winter months are upon us & these tasty toddies warm the body & soothe the soul. They may also deliver wellness benefits to stave off that cold or flu.

Without much effort, you can easily incorporate fresh ingredients to tailor your beverage or use pre-mixed wellness shots to create this iconic libation.

Either way, the result is a delicious, soothing beverage that boosts your immune system; the perfect drink for a chilly winter evening!



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Alcohol Options

While Bourbon is considered traditional, Tequila or Brandy also make great options, providing a nice flavour twist. Reposado, Mezcal or Anejo Tequila work quite well. Lush that I am, I’ve tried most variations over many winters!  Since the traditional toddy will be mixed with several wonderful ingredients which will likely obscure the finer notes of your “best” sipping alcohol, using a “good” brand of alcohol will suffice.


Making a Hot Toddy – The Insulated Cup

Ceramic coated stainless steel mug to keep drink warm but hands comfortable.

From a presentation standpoint, a Hot Toddy in an Irish Coffee mug is a thing of beauty. Glassware shows off your new creation best. That said, using an insulated mug keeps your labor of love warm and sippable to the very last drop. Doesn’t it always seem that the health benefits are tied to the warm liquid?


Contemporary double walled mugs for coffee or any hot or cold drink.

How to Make a Hot Toddy – Why use Ginger?

Ginger is a common ingredient in toddies for a several reasons including:

  • A Vitamin C boost to help stave off colds.
  • Liver cleansing antioxidants.
  • Maintaining pH balance.
  • Nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Settles the stomach.
  • Anti inflammation.
  • Promoting good oral health.


Hot Ginger Toddy


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5-6 slices fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 6oz. hot water
  • 2oz. Bourbon, Tequila or Brandy
  • Lemon slice as a garnish
  • Cinnamon stick or cloves as a garnish

Slice ginger and lemon into thin slices. Place in an insulated cup with 6 ounces hot, steaming water. Cover and let steep for 6-7 minutes.

Strain the lemon & ginger from water. (I prefer a stronger flavor & usually leave my ingredients in). Add your alcohol of choice & honey to the water. Serve with a slice of lemon. Add a cinnamon stick or a few cloves? Absolutely!

For an extra kick…try muddling your ginger slices!


How to Make a Hot Toddy – Why use Turmeric?

Another health boosting option is adding Turmeric.

NOTE: Turmeric juice can leave a bright yellow/orange stain once it’s cut into. Make sure to use a cutting board and avoid contact with your clothes.

how to make a hot toddy - turmeric


Turmeric Benefits:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Rich with antioxidants
  • May help combat degenerative disease in the brain
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory to combat arthritis
  • May help combat depression

Turmeric Toddy


  • 1-2 oz brandy, bourbon or tequila
  • 5-6 slices of fresh turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 of a lemon (juiced)
  • Cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise (for garnish)



In a glass or insulated mug, squeeze ½ lemon,  add your turmeric.
Add hot water & let steep for 5-6 minutes. Next, add honey, 2 ounces of brandy, bourbon or tequila, top off with more hot water.
Garnish with a lemon wedge, cloves or cinnamon stick.


Ginger & Turmeric play well together

Want to add more boost to your toddy? Ginger & Turmeric blend nicely. Adding 5-6 slices of each root works quite well.

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Chamomile Toddy

Looking for another relaxing, sleep inducing option?


  • 1 oz  whiskey, bourbon, brandy, or dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup boiling hot water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish (optional)
  • Chamomile tea bag


Add Chamomile tea bag to hot water. Let steep for 2-3 minutes.

Add lemon juice, honey & alcohol of choice. Stir to blend.

Lemon garnish, cinnamon stick or cloves to finis.h


Dating back to the 1700’s hot toddies have been a winter staple for centuries.  Hot Toddies with immune boosters might be the perfect medicinal drink for the long winter ahead. How to make a hot toddy that suits you? Experimenting with the combination of immune boosters & different alcohols could keep you entertained until next spring!

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Just add alcohol and you have everything for your flight.