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Trying to keep warm this winter? Well, you’re in luck.

TODAY – Wednesday, January 11th marks National Hot Toddy Day, the perfect excuse to craft a deliciously warm cocktail and cozy up by the fire. The traditional cocktail recipe is a staple in the realm of mixology, and is backed by more history than most seasonal sips. Not only is the Hot Toddy a way to keep toasty, but it has also been used as a cold-buster circa the 1800s – talk about a winter fix!

The simple ingredients – hot water, sugar and lemon – were based on what was available and what allowed the then whisky to become more palatable, since sophisticated blending techniques had not yet been discovered.

During the late 1890s, a simple toddy recipe appeared on the back of a bottle of Dewar’s ‘Toddy Whisky,’ which was presumably designed to be mixed into a Hot Toddy. Continuing into the 1930s, Dewar’s used a number of adverts that referred to the medicinal properties of Scotch whisky, including making a hot toddy to ward off the cold (see ads below).

Today, the Hot Toddy remains an essential recipe to John Dewar & Sons, and is crafted with Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky and the addition of tea. With a background such as this, and a day to honor the sip, you won’t regret crafting your own right at home.


1 part Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky
3 parts hot water
1 tea bag
Honey and lemon juice, to taste
Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.
Add Dewar’s and the lemon juice.
On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.
Pour the hot tea into the glass and stir.


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