A hot toddy is great on any cold night, but I especially love this hot toddy recipe to sooth a cold. This warm cocktail is my go-to recipe when I’m under the weather with a nasty cough. A classic whiskey hot toddy is the best cold remedy, and the tastiest! A homemade cure for a common cold that’s easy to make and much tastier than cough syrup! Once you learn how to make a Hot Toddy, you’ll be able to soothe your cold in no time!
If you’ve ever wondered how to make a hot toddy…it’s so easy! This classic hot toddy recipe is the perfect warm sip to sooth a sore throat or cough.
It’s cold and flu season! I get a killer head cold every single Winter. If I have to choose between drinking a cap-full of grape flavored cough syrup or drinking this Hot Toddy for a Cold, I think you know what I’m choosing.
Yes, Dimetapp seemed to taste pretty good as a kid, but a bit of whiskey for a cold is the answer for the over 21 crowd. It’s definitely the best cold remedy if you ask me!
This drink recipe is soothing, delicious, and super easy. I don’t recommend it as an actual cure (I’m not claiming to be a doctor), but it sure does seem to help. This warm drink is also perfect for any cold, rainy, snowy night over the winter, even if you’re not under the weather.
This Hot Toddy Recipe is just what the doctor ordered for all of us over the age of 21 (aren’t we lucky!).
Is a Hot Toddy a good cold remedy?
Yes! It’s the best (non medical) cold remedy I know. The warmth of the drink & ingredients can really soothe your sore throat & cough symptoms. Plus whiskey is a pretty good decongestant, and it definitely helps take away the pain of a headache. *I’m not a doctor and this is not an actual cure, but it does make me feel better!
This Hot Toddy Recipe has made an appearance at our house more than a handful of times this winter.
When you have a baby in daycare, you have to learn all the tricks to stay healthy. Sometimes when I feel so sick and disgusting and lazy, and the only words being exchanged at our house are “bless you” and “leave me alone”.
We have had a doozy of a cold and flu season this year and this drink has gotten me through! Once Henry is in bed for the night, it’s time for Mommy to feel better too!
This whiskey Hot Toddy Recipe is the only drink that gets me through a bad cold; that and a nice bowl of soup. You understand. And on days we aren’t sick, I still crave this deliciously warm cocktail!
How to make a Hot Toddy
This cold remedy is easy to make, which is great because you’re probably not feeling that well while making it. All you need is a few soothing ingredients, a microwave, and about 5 minutes!
Hot Toddy Ingredients:
- Whiskey (good quality)
- Hot Water
- Lemon Juice
How to Make a Hot Toddy:
- Mix whiskey, water, & lemon juice
- Microwave 1 minute (until hot)
- Stir in honey (& ginger for an extra kick to that cold)
Now drink up! This hot toddy for your cold will warm you up and soothe your throat in no time. It’s the perfect thing to drink at bedtime to help you get some sleep.
Best Cold Remedy
Drinking this hot toddy for a cough is just so much more tasty than medicine!
I’m no doctor, and I definitely don’t claim that this will take the place of real medicine, but I do think a cold remedy hot toddy will make you feel better. There’s something about the warm water, honey, lemon, and whiskey for a cold that can really cure any blues.
Benefits of Drinking a Hot Toddy:
- Whiskey is a great decongestant, and it helps soothe any pain associated with your head cold.
- Hot liquids of any kind are a good way to soothe a sore throat.
- Honey and lemon help soothe a cough and any congestion.
- Ginger is an optional ingredient, but it really helps with cold symptoms.
Being sick is no excuse for not enjoying yourself! In fact, this is a comforting cocktail whether or not you’re stricken with the winter cold and flu blues. We don’t discriminate. This Hot Toddy is sure to comfort anyone and everyone (except children under the age of 21).
Hot Toddy for Coughing
If you find yourself searching “Hot Toddy For Cough”…I’m here for you. This cocktail a day keeps the doctor away. Or at least makes the time until you can see a doctor a little more enjoyable.
Cold and Flu season is such a mess and such a drain on families. This hot toddy won’t cure anything (nothing truly cures a cold; you just gotta deal with the symptoms), but I know it can lift some spirits while soothing your throat.
Guaranteed to help with coughs and sore throats. Whiskey is good like that! If you need a hot sip of something soothing on a cold day, this recipe is your ticket. Go away Cold and Flu Season!
Hot Toddy without Whiskey
If you aren’t 21, don’t worry! You can still enjoy this hot drink to help soothe your cold. Just make this recipe without the whiskey. You’ve still got the hot water, lemon, and honey to help with those cold symptoms. It’s the best cold remedy with or without whiskey!
Some people might just call that honey lemon water, but every drink deserves a name.
Even if you’re feeling fine, this classic hot toddy will warm you up on a cold evening. Everyone gets to enjoy this warm cocktail!
Be sure to check out some of our other fave at home remedy recipes such as our Glowing Skin Smoothie and Detox Lemonade!
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I have been getting bad and long lasting colds in the past few years when I never got them before. My friend suggested a Hot Toddy that I used to have before retirement to rid myself of colds and it worked then. I found this recipe and, it’s already working on giving me relief from my cough. I’m using tea with ginger instead of plain water (I don’t have crystallized ginger) and this is absolutely the best tasting one I’ve ever had! I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for the future!
I’m so happy to hear this recipe is providing you with relief, Penny!
I just used what I had on hand and this is very soothing. I used powdered ginger instead of fresh and it mixed in really well. I’m super sick right now and I happened upon this recipe right when I needed it. Thanks so much!
I’m so happy to hear this recipe is helping!
What a wonderful delight while fighting some congestion from being in a smokey, dusty environment all week.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Loved this recipe! Thank you..kicked that cough alright!
That looks delicious, Josie! Happy to hear it helped!!
Thanks so much, Carla!
I love this! I love doing liquor! But don’t do drugs, kids!
I don’t care for alcohol but this was fantastic! I had a cold with a cough that I could not get rid of. So I made this toddy using fireball whiskey. Flavors of lemon and ginger complimented the whiskey well. Calmed my cough immediately! I hope it helps me sleep! Thank you for the recipe.
I’m so happy to hear it helped!
Great recipe and medicinal staple for the upcoming cold and flu season. I’ll definitely try out this version. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by, Shannon!
I’m a recovering alcoholic, so no whiskey or bourbon for me, but it works and tastes great with just the hot water, honey, lemon and ginger. Thanks for the recipe, especially the part about skipping the alcohol altogether!
So glad you enjoyed it, Mandy!
A delicious, simple, comforting drink. It stopped my coughing and put me to sleep. It worked when I’d already taken OTC meds and was still coughing without ceasing
I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks so much for sharing, Jan!