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Try This Classic Hot Toddy For Cool Winter Nights, And 4 Seasonal Variations

By: Kamalika Mukherjee

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Traditionally, the Hot Toddy is ideally a winter drink since its warm notes tend to favour the cooler months of the calendar. Of course, there’s no rule that one cannot customise this old favourite according to the seasons. That’s exactly what we are preaching today. While purists may disagree, we beg to differ. Listed below are a few variations of this drink which highlight its ability to adapt to your preferences and the changing seasons – an all-year-round cocktail. 

Classic Hot Toddy

Variations may come and go, but a timeless favourite amongst connoisseurs, the classic Hot Toddy is will never go out of style. The simplicity and comforting warmth of the drink are the secret to its popularity. The rich, peaty smokiness from a Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the sweetness of the honey, cut by the tartness from the lemon juice, and the warm notes of clove together create an immersive experience that is savoured by many. The following recipe yields one drink.


50ml Talisker 10 Year Old
75ml Boiling water
25ml Honey
25ml Lemon juice
Lemon wedge


Place a bar spoon filled with honey in a tumbler or latte glass.

Using a jigger, pour Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, lemon juice, and three cloves into the glass. Top up with boiling water.

Stir the liquid slowly, using a bar spoon.

Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Winter Warmer Hot Toddy

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The Winter Warmer Hot Toddy is the GOAT. Designed to warm the cockles of your heart, the drink is enhanced with aromatic spices such as cinnamon and cloves, making it ideal for chilly evenings when you want to cosy up with a blanket and oversized knitwear. 


60 ml Black & White Scotch Whisky
30 ml honey
15 ml fresh lemon juice
120 ml hot water
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
A lemon wheel for garnish


First, prepare the classic Hot Toddy by combining Scotch whisky, honey, lemon juice and hot water.

Stir till all of the ingredients are well combined.

Then, add a cinnamon stick and cloves for some warmth.

Garnish with a lemon wheel and serve.

Spring Revival Hot Toddy

Spring marks revival and all things fresh. The Spring Revival Hot Toddy is an embodiment of the same. Fresh herbs such as mint and thyme add a certain degree of freshness to the drink while keeping it comforting. 


60 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
30 ml honey
15 ml fresh lime juice
120 ml hot water
Fresh mint leaves
A sprig of thyme
Lemon wheel for garnish


First, create the classic Hot Toddy base with  Scotch whisky, honey, and hot water.

Then, replace the lemon juice with fresh lime juice for some extra zest.

Next, add fresh mint leaves and a sprig of thyme for a refreshing herbal touch.

Finish with a lemon wheel and serve.

Summer Cooler Hot Toddy

The Summer Cooler Hot Toddy is a delightful transformation of the otherwise traditional warm cocktail. A perfect choice for the next time you crave a refreshing beverage on hot summer days or balmy evenings, One can experiment with fruits and herbs for added refreshment and variation in flavours. We recommend garnishing your drink with seasonal berries or a slice of cucumber for that extra summery zest.


60 ml The Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky
30 ml honey
15 ml fresh grapefruit juice
120 ml cold water
Fresh mint leaves
Sliced strawberries
Ice cubes


First, mix Scotch whisky, honey, fresh grapefruit juice, and cold water in a glass.

Then stir it till well combined.

Next, add ice cubes to chill the drink.

Finally, garnish with fresh mint leaves and sliced strawberries. Serve chilled.

Autumn Indulgence Hot Toddy

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Autumn is all about getting cosy and comfortable in your oversized sweats, and the Autumn Indulgence Hot Toddy beautifully captures that essence in a glass. With the addition of apple cider and maple syrup, it's perfect for the crisp days of summery sun and golden leaves. The apple cider adds a touch of warmth while the apple slices are a reminder of the many apple crumble pies that Autumn ushers in.


60 ml Black Dog Scotch Whisky
30 ml maple syrup
15 ml fresh apple cider
120 ml hot water
Thin apple slices
1 cinnamon stick for garnish


First, prepare the classic Hot Toddy with Scotch whisky and hot water.

Next, add the rich maple syrup.

Then add fresh apple cider and mix well till combined.

Finally, garnish with thin apple slices and a cinnamon stick for an autumnal touch. Serve immediately.

As always, whilst you enjoy the many variations of this classic, please drink responsibly.

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