English Hot Toddy
2 years ago

English Hot Toddy

A traditional hot toddy is a mix of water, honey, spirits and spices, and it’s served hot to help fight off a cough or sore throat or to fortify against cold weather. It’s soothing and medicinal — a balm for Minnesota winters if ever there was one.

When we were putting together our English Hot Toddy, our mantra was Why mess with a classic? It’s timeless, and it checks all the boxes for a cold-weather cocktail: warm, comforting and boozy enough to buffet against plunging wind chills. So we stuck to the Hot Toddy formula and used slightly peppery black tea, a hint of bright lemon, a touch of honey and a fiery cinnamon stick. The Bulleit Bourbon rounds it out with its smooth, rich flavor and texture.

It makes an excellent post-sledding tonic or a perfect nightcap. Pair it with a classic book or a vintage TV show for maximum enjoyment.

1 cocktail
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes


6 ounces water
1 bag L&B English Breakfast Tea
¾ ounce L&B Honey
1 ½ ounces Bulleit Bourbon
1 L&B Whole Cinnamon Stick
1 lemon wheel


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the tea bag, turn off the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bag.
  2. Combine the honey, bourbon and tea in your favorite mug; stir to dissolve the honey.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon wheel, and serve hot.
English Hot Toddy