Raise a Glass: A Gingery Hot Toddy.


During the fall and winter, I inevitably start to feel more under the weather– perhaps my West Coast skin hasn’t become thick enough yet to tolerate the dropping temperatures on the East. On the bright side, as the weather gets cooler, I also start craving hot evening cocktails. A ginger-y hot toddy soothes the soul (and throat) whenever I feel the sniffles coming. Or not. Really, I just like drinking a hot toddy whenever I cozy up under a blanket and watch Scandal or Game of Thrones. Fall and winter are coming… but it’s all good if you’ve got a toddy in hand. Check out the recipe after the jump.

Ginger-y Hot Toddy Recipe


  • 1 lemon, or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • hot tea (boil with 2 cups of water)
  • 1 1/2-inches of ginger root, sliced
  • 3 ounces bourbon


Combine 2 cups of water, tea bag (I used chamomile), squeezed lemon juice, and ginger slices in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer over medium heat. Cook the mixture for 5 to 20 minutes (depending upon how ginger-y you want your drink– if you like it spicy, simmer it for longer). When done, remove the tea bag and ginger slices from the mixture.

In a mug, pour in 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon, followed by the hot tea, filling it almost to the brim. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, stir, and serve. Makes 2 drinks.

– j.

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