May We Suggest a Hot Toddy?

On January 11th, we celebrate National Hot Toddy Day! A hot toddy is an alcoholic beverage typically including dark rum, bourbon, or brandy, fresh lemon or orange juice, cinnamon, cloves, honey, and hot water. Historical evidence of the “hot toddy” as a wintertime libation dates back to 18th century Scotland although details are a wee bit dodgy! Despite the toddy’s murky origin, we do know for sure that these beverages are perfect for spreading good cheer and avoiding a winter chill.


Brandy and Orange BlossomThe Lemon Honey Hot Toddy

1 oz brandy of choice

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Savannah Bee Orange Blossom Honey

lemon slices

1 cup boiling water

Mix together Brandy, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir well and garnish with fresh lemon rounds.



Lemon Cinnamon

Add whole cloves to your fruit garnish!

A Dark Rum Tea Hot Toddy

1 oz dark rum of choice

1 tablespoon Savannah Bee Orange Blossom Honey

1 cup boiling water

1 green tea bag

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mix together rum, honey, lemon juice, and water. Add green tea bag and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bag and garnish with lemon or orange wheel. Stir with cinnamon stick.


Tea Honey ToddyA Honey Whisky Toddy

1 oz bourbon whisky of choice

1 tablespoon Savannah Bee Honey for Tea

1 teabag premium black tea

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

3-4 whole cloves

Mix together bourbon honey and lemon juice. Add boiling water. Add black tea and let steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove tea bag and stir with cinnamon stick. Float whole cloves and serve.


Simple Health Tip: Sweeten with honey instead of sugar.


Submitted By: Brantley Crowder


Comments (10)

  1. Ruth says:

    Is the wine glass available to purchase that is shown with the Dark Rum Tea Hot Toddy? Thank you!

    1. brantley says:

      Hi Ruth, the glass featured in the photo is no available for sale. We use them at our honey mead tasting bar in our Broughton St. store. But I did a little exploration and I have 2 wine glasses I would like to send you. If you don’t mind sending your mailing address to [email protected] I will get them packaged up and in the mail to you!

      Brantley Crowder

  2. Karen says:

    On the recipe for Honey Whiskey Toddy, you say mix the bourbon, honey and orange juice. Orange juice is not on the recipe. So, is it lemon juice or orange juice?

    1. brantley says:

      Hi Karen! Thanks for pointing out my mistake! It is lemon juice. This is a variation of a recipe that my mom has made all my life. She always takes lemon, honey, bourbon and hot water for a cold. Thanks again!

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing. Just got over the flu. Ready with the toddy recipes for next time. Of course, there shouldn’t be a next time!

  4. pat edmiston says:

    Love all the info …….question about ”tea honey” I tried using honey sweeten my tea and it made it cloudy…..don’t like cloudy tea…especially cold tea…

    thanks for the answer pat edmiston

    1. brantley says:

      Hey Pat, thanks for the feedback! The Tea Honey is a raw and minimally filtered honey so it contains raw pollen granules. High temperatures would be required to break down and clarify these granules. But at these temperatures you would also lose some of the honeys enzymes and antioxidants. Check out our Acacia honey, it naturally has a very high degree of clarity and probably will not cloud your tea. Good luck!

  5. Sue Crowder says:

    Thank you. these are right up my alley for winter. I love the rum one, not so keen on the brandy one.

  6. Kathi L. says:

    The Whiskey Toddy says to mix bourbon, honey and orange juice, but orange juice is not on the ingredient list.

    1. brantley says:

      Hi Kathi, thanks for pointing out my error! That’s what I get for working on 3 recipes at once! This toddy calls for lemon juice, part of an old folk remedy for the common cold – Lemon, honey, bourbon and hot water. It’s one of my favorites!

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