This classic hot toddy recipe was made for getting cozy at home

Wrap yourself in a blanket, put on the kettle, and cuddle up with a warm and tasty hot toddy

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While mulled wine, eggnog, and champagne are typically what comes to the mind’s eye when planning holiday drinks, there’s something cheerful and cozy about a classic hot toddy that should not be overlooked.

Whether you’ve just come in from the cold after a long day at work or you just want something toasty to warm you up while getting cozy on the couch, the classic cocktail is both super easy to make and delicious—all you really need is a kettle, some cinnamon and sugar, and of course your favorite bourbon or rye whiskey.

Below, we’ve listed one of our favorite classic hot toddy recipes. The Classy AF Cocktails recipe  is the perfect solution to the cold weather that’s begun to brew outside and will instantly make you feel a little more warm and cozy.

Looking for more holiday cocktails to get into festive mode? Be sure to check out our list of the best holiday cocktails to start feeling festive—because it’s really never too early to get into the Christmas spirit.

Classic Hot Toddy

The weather outside is wet, cold, and miserable, and consequently, so are you. Few things can warm your soul and disposition like a hot toddy. Sure, there’s chicken soup, but who wants chicken when there’s whiskey? 


  • 2 tsp honey or brown sugar 
  • ½ oz [15 ml] fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 oz [60 ml] bourbon or rye whiskey 
  • Boiling water or tea, for topping 
  • Lemon wheel 
  • Cinnamon stick


Preheat a mug or heatproof glass with hot water, then discard the water. Add the honey, lemon juice, and whiskey, topping up with boiling water. Stir until honey is dissolved. Add the lemon wheel and cinnamon stick directly to the drink and stir gently.

Notes & Variations 

If using tea for topping, brew in a mug or teapot separately before assembling the toddy so that it doesn’t become over-steeped and astringent. 

For a spiced variation, try using an herbal tea and pairing it with a liqueur like sambuca (anise), aquavit (caraway), or ouzo (anise) in lieu of the whiskey.

Reprinted from Classy as Fuck Cocktails by Calligraphuck with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020