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Hot Toddy, A Scottish Panacea

As a younger man, I often marvelled at the vast range of ailments my father would treat with a “hot toddy”. From a chest cold to sinusitis, if it affected his respiritory system he would prescribe himself a hot toddy. There are many recipes for hot toddy, but I’d like to share mine with you.

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What Is A Hot Toddy?

Hot toddy is a generic name for a hot drink made with a spirit, sweetener and hot water. Whisky, rum, brandy, grappa or pretty much any spirit can be used. Of course I would never advocate using anything but scotch whisky! No need for your best whisky here, indeed some would argue it is a waste of single malt. So the cheapest blended whisky your local shop stores will do just fine.

Generally it is drunk as a medicinal elixir, some people find cold weather a good excuse for a hot toddy too. I have a different personal favourite for a winter warmer, but that’s for another post. So without further ado I present:

HotWhisky’s Hot Toddy Recipe


  • 50ml Scotch Whisky
  • Half a lemon (or lime)
  • Two teaspoons of honey
  • Boiling water


  1. Squeeze the lemon (or lime) into a large mug.
  2. Put the honey and whisky into the mug too.
  3. Fill up with boiling water.
  4. Drink as quickly as possible.
  5. Go to bed.

Does A Hot Toddy Actually Work?

While I am in no way qualified to offer medical advice my personal experience is that it really helps me sleep. Normally I feel better the next day already, but I have a stock of the ingredients just in case I don’t icon wink Hot Toddy, A Scottish Panacea


Neither nor Maltmannie advocate self medication. We can advise on matters pertaining to whisky but for all matters medical consult a doctor or pharmacist.