It's Hot Toddy Time!

January 10, 2014

January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day. When we hear the words “Hotty Toddy” around here, most of the time there is an Ole Miss fan around. Their Hotty Toddy has less to do with the drink and more to do with changing the words of an old cheer. Evidently it used to be “Heighty! Tighty!” So, who can blame them for changing it to “Hotty Toddy!”

Anyway, back to the drink. In honor of National Hot Toddy Day, here are a few facts:

What is a Hot Toddy?

There are a lot of variations, but most hot toddies have liquor, water, honey or sugar, lemon and some combination of spices. A lot of recipes use a tea bag instead of spices. The most important thing is that it is a hot beverage. It can also be referenced as Hotty Totty, Hotty Toddy, and Hot Tottie.

Where did the drink come from?

Inconclusive, but this drink is really old. The most popular theory is that it originated in Scotland so that Scotch could be a more appealing drink for women. A little sugar, a little lemon – that will do it.

When should you drink it?

When it’s cold outside…

It is the perfect drink for winter months, because it is served hot. While we love our cold beers and chilled chardonnays, there is something cozy about curling under a blanket with a hot beverage during cold weather. Add in booze and it’s pretty much heaven.

When you have a cold…

Your cough and a sore throat are begging for a hot beverage. As this blogger puts it: “hot toddies are the best cold remedy. The rum is to numb, the honey to soothe, the lemon for vitamin C and the cinnamon and hot water to warm you up. It’s just a pleasant coincidence that they all taste good!” 

A few favorite recipes:

Rum Hot Toddy

Bourbon Hot Toddy

Irish Whiskey Hot Toddy

And because we are in Tennessee….

Hot Tennessee Toddy

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
  • Spoonful of honey
  • Cinnamon stick
  • A good squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Boiling water

Pour Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 into a heavy mug. Add a spoonful of honey, cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Top with boiling water and stir.