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The hot toddy is not simply a mixture of hot water and booze. This version—from Damon Boelte, bar manager at Prime Meats restaurant in Brooklyn—omits the usual honey or sugar and plays up the herbal and spicy notes instead.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces hot rooibos or strong black tea (such as Ceylon)
  • 1 ounce bourbon (preferably Wild Turkey; nothing overproof)
  • 1 ounce Cognac (preferably Pierre Ferrand or Hine)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 lemon wheel studded with a few cloves

Recipe Preparation

  • Stir tea, bourbon, Cognac, Bénédictine, and bitters in a mug; grate a little nutmeg over. Garnish with lemon and cinnamon.

,Photos by Michael Graydon Nikole HerriottReviews Section

5 Best Easy Holiday Cocktail Recipes

We all need easy holiday cocktail recipes for parties, for hosting people and just for our own nightcaps in front of the fire.

The best holiday cocktails are hard to find as there are so many options with cocktails with eggnog, tea, bourbon, rum, vodka and more. These below are so good we even left out the Mistletoe Mule pictured below.

These recipes are also the best cold weather cocktails to just drink when it is cold outside, even if not just for the holidays. We also have the best holiday cocktail with vodka, which is hard to find!

So what are the best go to holiday cocktails you always need to have in your repertoire. Below are easy holiday cocktails giving you options for all liquors depending on what you and your guests love!

Whether you want a holiday cocktail with bourbon, rum, tequila, whiskey, fireball or vodka we have you covered. All recipes below are versatile as well so you are able to change your the recipes to your taste as well.


It’s National Hot Toddy Day: Let These Variations Keep You Warm

Hot drink cocktail for New Year, Christmas, winter or autumn holidays. Toddy. Mulled pear cider or . [+] spiced tea or grog with lemon, pear, cinnamon, anise, cardamom, rosemary.

Monday (January 11th) is officially “National Hot Toddy Day.” While admittedly the fake holidays are a little bogus, a Hot Toddy is anything but.

The drink, like most, has a disputed history. Some say it originated in India, where there is a written record of a “taddy” from 1786 that included “alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices.,” others claim it was the creation of a doctor, who started prescribing a combination of brandy, cinnamon, and sugar as a remedy for colds.

Either way, it’s been a relatively common drink for some time now, and while the ability for booze and herbs to actually cure you of anything is arguably quite questionable, the drink can come in handy when you’re nursing a sore throat, or if you’re just looking for a warm tipple to enjoy on a cold winter night.

While the traditional recipe for a Hop Toddy is essentially warm water, whisky, and spices there are tons of different variations of the drink out there now that use a variety of different spirits.

Here a a few great variations of the drink to try if you’re looking for something warm to celebrate National Hot Toddy Day tonight, or if you’re nursing a cold later this season and need a little pick me up.


Toddies and Beyond: 11 Hot Cocktails To Warm the Soul in Wintertime

Today happens to be something someone made up as National Hot Toddy Day. It’s also the middle of January, when many of us are in need of a proper, soul-warming defrost. Toddies are soothing, delicious and highly restorative, but so are many other types of hot cocktails.

Bars that have kept up outdoor service this winter while still navigating Covid-19 safety protocols have added creative variations on the toddy and other warm drinks to their menus for patrons willing to brave the elements outside their establishments, or offering the drinks to go. But if you want to prepare a winter warmer at home, here are recipes for a simple Scotch toddy, hot Port, hot cider, boozy hot cocoa, hot buttered rum, a hot Negroni and more!

Speyside Scotch Toddy

  • 1 ½ oz Aberlour A’bunadh Alba whisky (this blueprint also works with Irish whiskey, bourbon, rum, tequila, gin, brandy and almost any other base spirit)
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • hot water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Garnish: lemon wheel and cinnamon stick

Combine Scotch and lemon juice in a mug (optional, warm the mug first by filling it with hot water and discarding just before building the drink). Top with hot water and add lemon and cinnamon.

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Sipsmith Hot Negroni

Hot gin is a centuries’ old tradition far more common in the U.K. than in the U.S., but it’s exactly the sort of British ginvasion we need right now. Try this hot, yet fresh, take on the classic equal parts gin recipe!

  • 1 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • hot, brewed red berry tea of choice
  • Garnish: dehydrated Orange (optional), or fresh orange slice

Pour the first three ingredients into a mug and stir. Brew the tea, strain, and pour into the mug to top. Garnish with a dehydrated orange or fresh orange slice.

Sandeman Spiked Cider Apitiv

This hot Port wonder is adapted from a recipe courtesy of Bar Bocce in Sausalito, CA.

  • 6 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz vodka (note: blanco tequila, dry gin, white rum or unaged whiskey would also work)
  • 1 oz Sandeman White Port
  • ½ oz orange liqueur
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Garnish: cinnamon stick (optional)

Over medium heat, bring apple cider and cloves to a simmer. Add base spirit of choice, Port and orange liqueur, and stir occasionally until hot. Strain into mug. Garnish with cinnamon stick (optional).

Courtesy Pete Stanton, head bartender at Bar Fiori/Ai Fiori at the Langham Hotel, New York City

Says Stanton: "This is a simple spiced hot hot cider featuring the fruit forward Rémy Martin Tercet, a cognac composed of their more fruit forward eaux de vie. The Mela is then double spiced with St Elizabeth Allspice Dram & a spiced Velvet Falernum adding body and warm baking spice. The richness of these three ingredients are cut with a bit of lemon adding acidity and freshness."

1 ½ oz cognac (Stanton uses Rémy Martin Tercet)

¼ oz Spiced Velvet Falernum (recipe follows, or see note)

3 dashes of St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (or use Angostura bitters)

Garnish: lemon studded with 5 cloves

Warm cider over med heat and remove just before boiling. Combine all other ingredients into a warmed mug. Garnish with the clove-studded lemon.

Add 12 allspice berries, 3 cinnamon sticks (cassia bark if possible) and 4 big blades of mace (1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg if no mace) to a 750 ml bottle of Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. Allow to sit overnight or up to 2 weeks (shaking periodically) and strain. Note: if this is not possible, simply infuse a cup of Velvet Falernum liqueur with a few dry spices overnight and strain before using, or omit from the recipe—it will still be delicious!

Compass Box Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples

  • 1 ½ oz Compass Box Great King’s Street Artist’s Blend Scotch Whisky
  • 1 ½ oz Apple Shrub (recipe follows)
  • ½ oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • ¼ oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 dash habanero bitters
  • hot water
  • Garnish: dehydrated apple slice (optional)

Build in a coffee mug and top with hot water. Garnish.

Slice 8 apples and soak in 250g apple cider vinegar. Rest overnight or up to a week. Strain out the fruit and add in 250g sugar. Boil and stir to dissolve. Keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Ponche de Mezcal

Ponche Navideño is a spicy, warm fruit punch traditionally served in Mexico during the holidays. The drink features tejocote, a fruit which up until recently was only legally available in its native land, but is now available in the states. One of the most popular hot cocktails ordered for outdoor winter sipping at Clover Club in Brooklyn, NY is a mezcal ponche created by their longtime barback Mauricio, who has adapted a family recipe using stewed tejocotes, along with other fruits and spices. You can make your own adaptation by adding spices and tamarind to apple cider, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, guava juice or a combination, or try your hand at a real ponche, with a recipe here.

  • 1 ½ oz mezcal
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz ponche (or another warm, spiced fruit punch)

Heat and serve with a cinnamon stick or sugar cane stick.

The Ginger Toddy

  • 2 oz. Don Q Reserva 7 Rum
  • 6 oz hot ginger tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz barrel aged maple syrup
  • Garnish: Lemon twist

Add 6 ounces of water, one bag of ginger tea, cinnamon stick and three cloves to a pot and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice and maple syrup and strain into a warm mug (preferably glass Irish coffee mug). Add 2 ounces of Don Q Reserva 7 Rum, stir and garnish with a lemon twist.

Silk Road Hot Buttered Rum

Silk Road Hot Buttered Rum

Says Cansler: “Mystic has a long and storied nautical history, so a hot buttered rum is perfect for the winter months [here]. This recipe uses The Real McCoy Rum, a local rum company founded in Mystic.”

  • 1 ½ oz dark rum (the restaurant uses Real McCoy)
  • ½ oz Italian walnut liqueur (Nocino)
  • 6 oz hot water
  • 2 Tbsp butter mixture (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: cinnamon stick

In a heatproof mug, add the rum, walnut liquor and 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture. Top with hot water, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Note: makes several drinks, and you can use it as a spread on bread, pancakes and other treats!

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp saffron syrup
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat until mixed well.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a blank canvas for spirits and liqueurs. Prepare it with orange liqueur so it tastes like a liquid version of a freshly cracked chocolate orange. Try it with rum, bourbon, mezcal, Scotch, brandy or tequila for a simple soothe. Try it with a good amaro, or a coffee liqueur for a bit of bite. I prefer it with Chartreuse, which plays off the cocoa by enhancing its sweetness, vanilla notes and subtle mintiness.

  • 1.5 oz spirit of choice (or split 1 oz base spirit and ½ oz liqueur for a more layered flavor profile)
  • 1 cup of whole milk (oat milk, almond milk or coconut milk works well here too)
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the milk until very hot, but not boiling. Add the chocolate and let stand until melted. Whisk until smooth, then add the spirit(s), whisk again, and give it another quick bit of heat to warm it up. Add to a warmed mug and enjoy!

Mulled Wine

This recipe uses ingredients you probably have in your pantry and is deceptively easy to prepare. It comes courtesy Aviram Turgeman, Beverage Director at Bouillon Marseille in NYC (Serves 5).

  • 1 bottle of a red wine (750ml) (use one you would want to drink on its own)
  • 3 oz brandy
  • 5 oz ruby port
  • 100gr brown sugar
  • zest of an orange, then cut it to quarters
  • 1 vanilla bean

A cheesecloth bouquet with the following:

  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick cut in 2
  • a few pink peppercorns

(Hint: tie the cheesecloth well and bruise content with a heavy pot to release essential oils)

Pour wine into a deep saucepan on medium to high heat. Add cheesecloth bouquet. Add the orange zest, quarters and vanilla bean. Bring to a gentle boil (approximately after 8 min). Lower heat to simmer, add the sugar and stir well to dissolve. Let simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until you can smell the aromatics of the bouquet. Turn off heat and add the brandy and the port. Stir well. Let sit for additional 10 minutes and then strain into a serving vessel. Pour into your favorite warmed mug and garnish with an herb, citrus slice and a spice of your choice.

Hot Shot

For a mini, warm pick me up, try a bit of liqueur with equal parts hot coffee and cream. This recipe uses Galliano, but you can also try this with a favorite liqueur of choice (it should be a bit sweet to balance out the bitterness of the coffee). You can even use a coffee liqueur for an extra boost.

Layer the ingredients as listed in a shot glass or another small glass without stirring to give it that creamy layer.

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I am a freelance writer and the author of New York Cocktails from Cider Mill Press. I am so looking forward to the day when I can once again ruminate over a play I just saw—performed live on an actual stage and in person—over a Manhattan at (not outside of) any one of my favorite bars in New York City.


Hot Camping Drinks for Your Next Adventure

The best hot drinks for camping are the easiest to make!

Even when we camp in the summer, there&rsquos always the chance of a brisk morning, and nothing pulls me out of bed faster than the thought of a piping hot drink to go with my view. In the winter, hot drinks are a must or my kids will stay in their sleeping bags all day long. Here are our favorite hot drinks for winter adventures.

Hot Drinks for Mornings at Camp

Whether you want to pop out of bed for sunrise or enjoy a leisurely morning around the campfire, you need a special pick-me-up to help jumpstart your day. These hot drinks are so easy to make, you can whip them up while your eyes are still shut!

Camping Coffee: Easy Mocha Lattes

I&rsquom one of those people who can&rsquot give up coffee when camping. I usually make it with freshly-ground coffee beans using the pour-over method, but if we&rsquore backpacking or trying to lighten our load, I opt for this super easy mocha latte mix. It&rsquos just what I need to get going on those cold camp mornings. My teens love these as well.

Mix at home:
2 cups instant dry milk powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
½ cup instant coffee or espresso granules

At camp:
Add 2 &ndash 4 tablespoons mix to a mug with boiling water. Enjoy with a morning walk.

Camping Tea: Spiced Chai Lattes

Not a coffee person? Try this amazing camping chai latte

This tea is perfectly spiced and quite sweet. Feel free to cut down on the sugar if it&rsquos too sweet to your liking. When we&rsquore pressed for time, we buy Oregon Chai powdered mix to bring camping, but if we want a real treat we mix our own camping Chai at home.

Mix at home:
2 cups instant dry milk powder
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

To avoid sediment in your finished tea, grind all the ingredients to a very fine powder in a food processor. Pack some black tea bags to use when you get to camp.

At camp:
Add 2 tablespoons of your chai mix, a teabag, and a cup of boiling water to your favorite camping mug. If you&rsquove got your spice kit with you, add a tiny bit of vanilla.

Lemon Ginger Tea for Camping

Sometimes a cup of herbal tea is all you need.

This lemon-ginger tea is great when you need a boost but don&rsquot want the caffeine. It&rsquos also awesome if you&rsquove got a cold.

At camp:
Steep 1 lemon zinger tea bag in a mug of hot water
Take out the teabag, and add ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
Add a bit of maple sugar, honey, or sugar to taste

Hot Campfire Drinks for Kids and Adults

Hot drinks and campfires go together perfectly, especially in cold weather. If you&rsquove got the fire lit, you need these winter warmers! The following hot drink recipes are suitable for kids and can easily be tailored to adults who want a hot alcoholic drink to go with their campfire. You&rsquoll find more hot alcoholic drinks in the next section.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate for Camping

Hot cocoa is a camping staple in our family. Kids love to dip their roasted marshmallows in it, and it&rsquos such a classic winter warmer.

A few caveats though &mdash hot cocoa may keep some kids up well past bedtime &ndash all that sugar isn&rsquot the best for sound sleeping. Also, it can be a pain in the butt to clean hot chocolate mugs when camping. Be sure to add hot water to the empty mugs as soon as you&rsquore finished drinking for the best results. Whatever you do, don&rsquot leave the empty mugs until morning &ndash what a mess!

First, a basic hot chocolate mix for camping, hiking, and backpacking &ndash

For fewer lumps, use a flour sifter to sift:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

After sifting, add 2 cups powdered milk. 2 &ndash 3 tablespoons of this hot chocolate mix will make one cup of cocoa.

To make peppermint hot chocolate while camping, steep a peppermint tea bag in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the hot cocoa mix. Adults, if you want a little extra kick, add a shot of peppermint schnapps to taste. If you want to get really fancy, try the Chocolate Mint Hot Toddy recipe from 50 Campfires. It&rsquos seriously delicious! Enjoy these with your favorite ghost story and roasted marshmallows.

Mulled Spiced Cider for Camping

Hot mulled cider is one of my favorite things in all the world. If you&rsquore car camping, just pop gallon of sweet cider into your cooler for an easy after-dinner nightcap.

If you&rsquore backpacking, you&rsquore going to want to buy powdered apple cider . It may not taste exactly like farm-fresh cider, but it&rsquos pretty good, especially after you&rsquove spent the day adventuring.

At home:
Pack apple pie or pumpkin pie spice into your homemade camping spice kit, along with your apple cider.

At camp:
If you&rsquove got the real deal, pour it into a saucepan and mix it with a few teaspoons of apple pie or pumpkin pie spice. Let it sit on the back of your campfire until you&rsquore ready to drink it. If you&rsquore of age, try your spiced hot cider with a wee bit of bourbon. Yum!

Nutella S&rsquomores Hot Chocolate for Camping Decadence

Love s&rsquomores? Make them into a decadent hot drink!

Here&rsquos a seriously rich dessert/drink for those special camping celebrations:

At home:
Prepare basic hot chocolate mix (recipe above). Pack Nutella, marshmallows, and Bailey&rsquos Irish Cream for the adults.

At camp:
Boil water (1 cup per person) over your campfire and add a couple of dollops (2 tablespoons per person) of Nutella to the pot. Stir to dissolve. When the Nutella is mixed in, remove from heat, and stir in 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix per person, and a shot of Bailey&rsquos (for the adults). Top it all off with a roasted marshmallow.

Hot Alcoholic Drinks for Camping

This section is specifically for adult campers who want a hot alcoholic drink after a day of adventuring. Pro tip: Don&rsquot overdo it! While a nip of alcohol before bed has a warming effect, drinking too much will actually make you colder when you&rsquore trying to sleep. Plus, you&rsquoll have to pee all night, which is never a fun experience when camping.

Campfire Bourbon Toddy

If you are a bourbon fan, this one is hard to resist!

Pack the following:

  • a small container of honey
  • bourbon or apple bourbon
  • a lemon
  • several cinnamon sticks

At camp:
Boil water (1 cup per person) over your campfire or stove. Stir in two tablespoons of honey per cup and divide between camp mugs. Add a twist of lemon peel and a cinnamon stick to each mug and serve.

Tahini Campfire Hot Chocolate

Enjoying a hot drink near a snowy campfire

Unexpected and delicious! Don&rsquot let the tahini in this recipe put you off.

Pack the following:

  • shelf-stable box of unsweetened almond milk
  • small container of honey or agave syrup
  • small container of tahini
  • a bar of dark chocolate

At camp:
Heat the almond milk (one cup per person) over your campfire or stove. Add a tablespoon of tahini, a tablespoon of honey or agave syrup, and an ounce of chopped chocolate. Whisk until smooth and enjoy with your favorite spooky story!

Campfire Coffee Cocktail

This hot alcoholic drink for camping includes Guinness beer, Irish whiskey, and expresso, so only drink it if you really need a pick-me-up and are planning on staying up for a while. This recipe makes a few servings

Pack the following:

  • 1 14.9-oz. can Guinness
  • A small bottle of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Instant espresso powder
  • Paddy old Irish whiskey
  • A few teaspoons of mild-flavored (light) molasses
  • Ground nutmeg (for serving)

At camp:
Pour the Guinness into a saucepan and heat it over the fire until it is reduced by about a third. Add a teaspoon of vanilla to the Guinness reduction. Set aside to cool.
Heat 1/2 cup of water per person over the campfire. Add instant espresso powder to taste and stir to dissolve. To this, add an ounce of Irish whisky per person and a few teaspoons of molasses.

Mix 1/2 cup of heavy cream with an ounce of Guinness reduction and stir until thickened. Pour over the spiked coffee and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

Ready to get out there and brave the winter &lsquoround a raging fire? Bring along our hot drink recipes for winter camping and you&rsquoll never want to come home! Do you have any favorite hot drink recipes for winter camping? Please share them with our readers in the comments below!

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Add kirsch (a clear brandy) to amp up this mulled red wine and give it more fruit-forward and cherry flavor.

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Yes, a hot toddy has some good ingredients if you are sick and offer some benefits when you are sick. A hot toddy can help with a sore throat and a cough along with other cold and flu symptoms.

Lemon is great for you when you are sick, you can use lemon tea, honey is another good ingredient when you are sick and that whiskey may just soothe some of your pain… maybe why they call it grandpa’s medicine ).

With all of that said, we are not medical experts so don’t write down a hot toddy for your cure for COVID, the flu or a cold.


Classic Cocktails

Only true classic cocktail recipes made with authentic cocktail techniques and ingredients. Jump into history with me as I show you classic cocktail recipes from the Prohibition-Era as well as modern-day classics. If it did not withstand the test of time, you won’t find it here.

New York Sour Recipe

A classic New York sour recipe made with bourbon, lemon, simple sugar, egg white, and a red wine float. Frothy, citrusy, and refreshing.

Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

The Tom Collins is a refreshing classic cocktail made with gin, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Bloody Mary Recipe

Is there a better brunch cocktail than the bloody mary? This is an easy and delicious standard bloody mary recipe just waiting to be garnished.

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

A boozy classic cocktail made with rum, gin, vodka, tequila, citrus, sugar, and a little cola. A surprisingly refreshing cocktail that resembles a tall glass of iced tea.

Hot Toddy Recipe

My bourbon Hot Toddy, made with honey, fresh lemon juice, and a cinnamon stick, is sure to be the pick-me-up you need to get through the winter months.

Brooklyn Cocktail Recipe

Manhattan lovers listen up. The Brooklyn cocktail is a classic whiskey drink made with maraschino liqueur, dry vermouth, and bitters.

Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail

A classic whiskey sour cocktail recipe made with bourbon, lemon, simple sugar, and egg white. Frothy, citrusy, and refreshing.

French Martini Recipe

The French martini a fruity cocktail with notes of vanilla, orange, and pineapple. It’s made with vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice.

Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe

The paper plane is a citrusy cocktail most similar to the characteristics of a more bitter whiskey sour or sidecar. It’s smooth, warm, and refreshing.

Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe

The Bee’s Knees cocktail is a classic Prohibition-Era cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup.

Classic Boulevardier Cocktail with a Twist

A cognac and lemon twist on the classic boulevardier cocktail made with bourbon, cognac, Campari and sweet vermouth.

Irish Coffee Recipe

San Francisco inspired Irish coffee made with coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and easy, frothy homemade whipped cream.

Negroni Cocktail Recipe

The Negroni cocktail is a classic cocktail originating in Florence, Italy. Made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.

Classic Margarita Recipe

Stop using margarita mix. A classic and “real” margarita recipe made with tequila, fresh lime juice, triple sec, and simple syrup.

Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

The official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. Bourbon, mint, simple syrup, and plenty of crushed ice.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The Sidecar is one of my favorite classic cocktails, consisting of cognac, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. A citrusy refreshing classic.

Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

How to make the classic old fashioned drink the right way. Bourbon, bitters, simple syrup (sugar cube), and an orange peel.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

A traditional cosmopolitan cocktail recipe made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

The Manhattan drink made two slightly different ways (classic versus perfect). Either way, it’s always constructed with bourbon, vermouth, and bitters.

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail—a slight variation on the classic daiquiri.

Improved Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

The improved whiskey cocktail is a mix between a Sazerac and the Old Fashioned. Sound good? This just may be your new favorite whiskey cocktail.

Classic Gin Martini Recipe

The classic gin martini made with orange bitters and lemon peel twist. Sorry no olives here.

Last Word Cocktail Recipe

One of my favorite Prohibition-era cocktails consisting of gin, green chartreuse, and maraschino liqueur.

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

The official cocktail of New Orleans. Rye, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe, and lemon peel.


  1. Use thick, dishwasher proof glasses for this drink as it is best served if the glass is warm. You can do this by standing the glasses in a bowl or clean sink filled with hot water, or pour hot water into the glasses and then tip it out just before filling with the toddy.
  2. In a large pan put the runny honey, whisky, lemon juice, apple juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and a splash of hot water, depending on how strong or weak you want your hot toddy to be.
  3. Heat the liquid slowly but do not let the mixture boil, or even simmer, as this will impair the flavour and destroy the alcohol content.
  4. Place a slice of lemon into each glass and then pour in the hot toddy mixture. Delicious.

This hot toddy can also be made using rum, brandy, Jack Daniels etc. Simply follow the above recipe but substitute your own flavoured alcoholic beverage. Put an individual stick of cinnamon in each glass to make it extra special, you can leave it in when you inevitably have to top up people’s drinks. One of my own personal favourite toddy recipes uses Grand Marnier as its base, it tastes simply wonderful!

Be aware that this toddy is pretty powerful stuff. So don’t serve it to the designated drivers, or if you do then weaken it first by boiling to remove more of the alcohol and adding some extra water. It&aposs always better to be safe than sorry. Drinking and driving are never a good mix. And of course, it should go without saying that this drink is most definitely not for children.


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