Traditional hot toddies are simple propositions: liquor, hot water, and honey. Maybe some herbs or spices if the composer is feeling inspired. Despite the small ingredient list, they deliver a big hit of heat. Here are 9 top hot toddies to sip when the mercury drops.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar, Chicago, Illinois
The apple hot toddy is redolent with a wealth of warming spices: clove, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Powered by rye and Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and sweetened with spiced syrup, apple tea gives it depth. A cherry speared on a sprig of rosemary, cinnamon stick, and orange peel finish it off. Make a reservation at Travelle Kitchen + Bar.
Death or Glory, Delray Beach, Florida
The Hottie Choco Toddy will cure all your winter blues. Made with hot chocolate and Afrohead Briland 07 dark rum, it’s garnished with a cinnamon stick. Doctor Feelgood would surely approve. Make a reservation at Death or Glory.
Bergerac, San Francisco, California
With a name like Beety.S.M., you know this cocktail is going to be dangerously delicious and tantalizingly titillating. Beet-infused tequila is the dominant flavor, while allspice, lemon, and honey take on sub roles. Whip and blindfold sold separately. Make a reservation at Bergerac.
Coda di Volpe, Chicago, Illinois
This concoction should take care of your pesky cold. Bourbon and apple brandy are smoothed out with spiced ginger honey and lemon juice. Have three and you’ll forget you were even sick in the first place. Make a reservation at Coda di Volpe.
Oyster Bah, Chicago, Illinois
Meet the Loddy Todday. Forged with Bluecoat gin, Campari, Laphroaig scotch whisky, lemon juice, and Buddha’s Blend tea, it’s a powerful potion. Just what you need when it gets dark before happy hour even starts. Make a reservation at the Oyster Bah.