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10 Great Toddies for Those Chilly Days


A toddy can actually be hot or cold, the Hot Toddy just happens to be the most popular of the two. By definition a toddy is a drink with a distilled spirit, sweetener and water and while the original Hot Toddy portrays that, there are many possibilities if you're creative with what is in your bar. This collection of Hot Toddies shows the range of flavors available and each is a great drink in their own right.

1. Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy
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This is the Hot Toddy, the classic that everyone thinks about when they hear the name and the one that has been made for decades. While most people associate this toddy with whiskey - usually a blended whiskey but I prefer the robust taste of bourbon - others prefer the sweeter side and use brandy. Either way, to begin an exploration of Hot Toddies this is the place to start and the one that will never loose any steam.

2. Hot Not Toddy

For the non-drinker the Hot Not Toddy is ideal. Not only is this a non-alcoholic version of the original, but it allows you to play with different types of tea to obtain a very personal flavor. Favorites include black oolong, green tea and Earl Grey, but orange and specialty herbal teas are also excellent, especially those with a concentration of cinnamon. The other great thing about the Hot Not Toddy is that when you are under the weather, this is an easy and soothing drink that is perfectly aromatic and makes you feel a little better.

3. Hot Gin Toddy

Gin Toddy
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Gin makes one of the best bases for toddies and this is a great example. When the Hot Gin Toddy is constructed the botanicals of the gin are enhanced, creating an ultra-aromatic drink. That is offset by the lemon juice and then there's the sugar which finishes the definition of a toddy. This has become one of my favorite toddies simply because when I have a great Martini gin in stock I know I can sit down and enjoy this drink on the coldest nights when a Martini simply will not do. Nightcap, quick warmer or to find some relief from a head cold, the Hot Gin Toddy is my go to.

4. Grand Rum Toddy

The Grand Rum Toddy is one of the results of my personal fascination with the Hot Toddy and shows that with a little creativity you can create any flavor of toddy you could want. In this toddy I've combined the sweet rum with a sweet orange liqueur - Gran Gala or Grand Marnier - and added a little lime juice for that necessary citrus aspect. The combination comes to life with hot water and ends up being a sort of tropical toddy.

5. Hot Ginger Toddy

Ginger is not new in the world of hot toddies, but up until a few years ago you needed to make a ginger syrup from fresh root to get this effect. Lucky for the Hot Ginger Toddy, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur has been released and that makes this drink as easy as the others to make. Again, when heat is applied to ginger it enhances the aroma and flavors that play off the bourbon and creates an extremely delightful hot sipper.

6. Hot Apple Toddy

Hot Apple Toddy
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The Hot Apple Toddy is another favorite and is a superb choice for chilly days when you need a quick warm up. In this toddy the hot water is replaced with hot apple cider and paired with your favorite whiskey. Using an apple brandy is a nice alternative, however it can be a little too much apple for some taste. It's only logical that if we love hot cider so it is only natural that whiskey-spiked hot cider is a tasty treat.

7. Hot Baked Apple Toddy

A more traditional way to enjoy apple in your toddy, the Hot Baked Apple Toddy is arguably a more true apple toddy than it's more modern counterpart. This one skips the cider, bringing back the hot water, but obtains its apple appeal through a freshly baked slice of apple and an apple whiskey base. The bit of extra work is well worth the end result of this toddy.

8. Jacob Grier's Chamomile Hot Toddy

The aromatic flavors of chamomile and lavender are added to a bourbon base for a toddy that soothes through smell and taste.

9. Hot Bols Genever Punch

Hot Bols Genever Punch - David Wondrich book Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl
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This is a hot gin toddy made for a crowd and is fantastic to serve during any winter  party. The mixture itself is very simple - genever, lemon, sugar, spices, and water - yet, it is the Bols Genever that distinguishes this recipe from others. Also, you can use these proportions to transform any of these toddies into a party pleaser.

10. Torii Toddy

Kevin Deidrich's Torii Toddy Cocktail
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This toddy was created by Kevin Deidrich and took top honors in the January 2011 warm cocktail contest. It features Yamazaki whiskey and Yellow Chartreuse with a chrysanthemum tea base.

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