National Hot Toddy Day is… today !

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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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My name is Greg, and I’m a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings.

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