Hot Toddy

Though toddies can be prepared with practically any alcohol, in Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar (Perigee, 2007) David Wondrich makes a case that pot-stilled spirits, such as cognac, single-malt scotch, and some dark rums, ryes, and bourbons (like Woodford Reserve), produce the best results.

Hot Toddy Hot Toddy
Warm up with this winter classic.
Yield: makes 1


  • 1 tsp. white granulated or demerara sugar
  • 3-4 oz. boiling water
  • 2 oz. cognac, single-malt scotch, or pot-stilled rum, rye, or bourbon


  1. To a warmed toddy glass, add the sugar, boiling water, and spirits. Stir with a toddy stick and serve.