Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

January 11: National Hot Toddy Day

On long winter weekends, Highlander and his former roommate, Mike B., would drive from Northern California where they used to live and go skiing together in Oregon. The bachelors would head to Mount Bachelor and hit the slopes when the sun was up, then return to their lodge when the sun went down. After a full day of physical activity out in the cold, they relaxed and kept warm with a Hot Toddy. This simple, spirited Scottish drink is said to soothe a head cold or flu, relieve congestion and promote rest. Have a Hot Toddy to keep warm on a winter night, calm a cold and commemorate National Hot Toddy Day!


(Adapted from Wikipedia)


  • 1 shot (1 ounce) Scotch whisky
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon honey (we used Big Island Bees brand Macadamia Nut Blossom flavor)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • lemon slice
  • cinnamon stick


In a mug or glass, pour the whisky. Add boiling water. Mix in the honey. Drop in the cloves, lemon and cinnamon stick. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy hot!

Hot Toddy