National Hot Toddy Day

National Hot Toddy Day: Warm Up From the Cold Winter Weather

The winter season always promises many cold and wet days. On those days, you’re may find yourself opting to stay home as close to your heater as possible. There’s nothing like spending a relaxing evening at home except if you complete the warm and cozy night with a hot toddy. In celebration of National Hot Toddy Day (January 11th), we’re sharing four great hot toddy recipes to enjoy at home. Let the mugfuls from Tullamore D.E.W., Fistful of Bourbon, Facundo Eximo Rum, and Havana Club Añejo Clásico Rum warm you up from the inside out as you stay away from the cold, rainy winter weather.

You may remember we highlighted one of these hot toddy recipes on My Life on and off the Guest List during the start of the holiday season. We hope you enjoyed it then and we definitely hope to raise a mug or to now. Do you know what’s wonderful about hot toddies, besides their delicious tastes? They can help relieve the symptoms of the cold and flu, making it perfect to enjoy now. Without further ado, please enjoy these drink recipes in celebration of honoring the hot toddy.

Hot Toddy, created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

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2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
.25 parts lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
Top with boiling water and a clove-studded lemon
First, warm a mug with hot water, then discard water and combine ingredients above. Stir before serving, garnish with lemon.

Fistful Toddy, created by Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Director of Brand Advocacy

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2 parts Fistful of Bourbon
2 parts hot water
1/2 part mint simple syrup
½ part fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon crème de cacao
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a mug. Garnish with a large sprig of mint and freshly grated nutmeg.

Rooibos Toddy

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1 1/2 parts Hot Rooibos Tea
1/4 part Ginger Syrup
1/4 part HUM Liqueur
Lemon wedge or wheel, for garnish
Method: Combine ingredients in a Hot Toddy Glass. Stir gently until syrups are properly diluted. Garnish with a Lemon wedge or wheel.

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1 1/2 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
3 parts Chai Tea
1 3/4 parts coconut milk
1 part simple syrup or 1 tbs White Sugar
Method: Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat, do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, adding rum last and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick

With these hot cocktail recipes, you’ll be all set to enjoy this delicious and toasty drink. If you have a favorite hot toddy recipe you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.

January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day

The holidays may be over, but winter and winter cocktails are just beginning to flow. Unfortunately with winter comes cold and flu season but fortunately there is a tasty way to cure your ills – The Hot Toddy. January 11th, 2013 is National Hot Toddy Day. What exactly is a Hot Toddy? It’s a delicious drink made with honey (or brown sugar), lemon, hot water, and the alcohol of your choice (usually whiskey, brandy, or rum) – I prefer rum but I have enjoyed it with a cognac. The Hot Toddy is the perfect way to warm up on a freezing winter day, and a few cups can help relieve those bothersome cold and flu symptoms (Editor’s note: Hot Toddies are not good for Laryngitis as alcohol dries out the throat – this I’m currently learning)

Rock‘N Fish Manhattan Beach – Rock’n Hot Toddy

According to General Manager of Rock‘N Fish Manhattan Beach ( Gerry Martel, “Our version is a little more traditional and if it doesn’t cure what ails you, at least it might help you forget whatever it is — or was!”

To prepare:

Into a glass mug, filled with hot boiled water, add an Earl Grey black tea bag and let it steep a bit. Stir in agave syrup, Grand Marnier and Brandy. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.

Zinc@Shade – Southern California Hot Toddy

Manhattan Beach’s premier luxury boutique hotel and its on-site zinc@shade restaurant ( share how to prepare their South Bay twist on a cold weather classic.

To Prepare:

2 oz Bulleit Bourbon 
6 oz hot water 
2 drops of honey 
2 tsp. lemon juice 
1 bag Passion Tea
Ground cardamom

Who do we thank for this delicious winter brew? Hot toddies originated in Scotland sometime during the 18th century. While traditional Hot Toddies were made with tea, those rules no longer apply and we’re seeing Toddies made with more coffee, cocoa, and apple cider.

How are you going to celebrate National Hot Toddy Day?