Hot Toddys are a holiday tradition for Devin’s family and mine. However, both of our families make them slightly different. The main difference between Devin’s recipe and mine is hot water as your base or hot apple cider. The water method might be better if you are feeling ill and are wanting a hot tea, but if you’re looking for a seasonal punch, you should go with the apple cider.

Our families make our hot toddies for different occasions. Devin was given non-alcoholic hot toddy as a child when he felt sick and he still drinks them when he feels ill today. My family makes them before Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Every year there is a hot toddy corner on the countertop in the kitchen and my brother walks around saying “hot hot toddyyyyy”. Clearly, we are the fun family! JK 🙂 Love my Moore family!

Every year my parents host for the holidays and they do it so well. It genuinely makes me nervous for when the torch is passed to Devin and I to host. They are so good at hosting that typically guests don’t have to contribute towards the meal. Lots of wine is brought and last year Devin made my family hot mulled wine which was a hit. Maybe next week we can share that recipe!


1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey (you can use any whiskey, brandy, rum)

1/2-1 tablespoon of lemon juice (I normally juice half of a lemon straight into the cup)

1 tablespoon of Honey

Hot Water or Apple Cider (whatever your preference)

1 bag of Ginger tea (this is the water method, which you can also use any herbal tea you want)



Pour boiling water into your favorite holiday mug and let sit for 2 minutes, then pour out water. Put Jameson, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water or apple cider and stir until honey is dissolved. Add a tea bag if desired.