A Hot Toddy For Tea-Time

Dec 22, 2022
As the weather gets much, much colder and the cheer of the holidays pass, it’s time to start looking for other ways to warm up. Luckily, there’s always the hot toddy for some sippable, soothing winter warmth. A typical hot toddy is made up of lemon, honey, whiskey, and hot water, but did you know that one of the more traditional methods calls for tea? While a great many teas would work well for this drink, we have a few recommendations. For a traditional toddy, our Black Lemon tea will give a nice, lemony boost. If you’re having it as a pre-bedtime nightcap, our Lemon Chamomile will be just the thing to unwind with. And, for a real Twisted Toddy, our Rusty Roots tea will spice things up.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 8 oz water
  • 1 tbsp loose-leaf tea
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice (or a squeezed wedge)
  • 2-3 tbsp honey (to taste)
  • 1 shot (1.5 oz) whiskey or brandy
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon round OR lemon rind for garnish
Tea-Time Tip: Did you know that doctors would prescribe hot toddies to patients suffering from colds? While it certainly isn’t medicine we’d recommend, if the dry air has you a bit sniffly and your throat a bit scratchy, this is a lovely drink. If you’re taking any medication, though, we’d recommend taking out the alcohol–it’s just as tasty and soothing without the booze!


  1. Prepare the loose-leaf tea as you typically would, in a large mug.
  2. Once the tea’s finished steeping and the leaves have been removed, add honey, lemon juice, and whiskey/brandy.
  3. Use cinnamon stick to stir until honey is fully dissolved, then garnish with lemon round or rind.
  4. Enjoy!

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