Hot Toddy Irresistible in Cold Weather

Recipes vary but toasty result is same

Vancouver Local Expert

It's said that back in 18th century Scotland, a Hot Toddy was served to a lady to make Scotch more palatable.  Your grandmother may have told you to sip one when you have a cold, but there's a better way to enjoy this soothing drink  . . . when you're not sick. After a long day on the slopes, your muscles are fatigued and your nose slightly chilled, so loosen up those ski boots and tuck into a hot toddy for your aprés ski indulgence. Some recipes call for whiskey, while others call for scotch or rum, but it all boils down to your personal preference.


If you're new to making a Hot Toddy, here's a basic recipe to get you started:

  • 1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon, rum, whiskey or Scotch (whatever you have on hand, or prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup boiling-hot water
Put the first three ingredients into a mug and top off with the boiling water. Stir until the honey is fully dissolved, take a seat, put your feet up and enjoy the comforting warmth running through your body.
Feeling slightly more adventurous? Here are a few other ingredients you could add to kick it up:
  • A cinnamon stick looks pretty and adds flavor
  • Grate in some nutmeg
  • Steep your boiling water in your favorite tea before adding it to the mix
  • Like an Old Fashioned cocktail? Try adding some Angostura bitters (or any bitters you have on hand)
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • Replace maple syrup for the honey
  • Garnish with apple
  • A cardamom pod
  • A clove
What goes into your Hot Toddy? And, where's your favorite place to enjoy one? Should you find yourself knee deep in snow at Killington Ski Resort, Wolf Creek, Aspen or Vail, make sure to order yourself a Hot Toddy to reward yourself for a hard, but fun day's work.


About Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in Vancouver's beaches.

When Natasha's not freelance writing and copywriting, she's either cooking up a storm in her kitchen, kicking back with friends over a glass of wine or exploring the North Shore with her fiancé.

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