Recipe: Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy | Cocktail Recipe | Melbourne Cocktails

It might be Spring already, but there are some ghastly bugs getting around. I’ve been struck down with a horrid case of something this week. Any normal person would think that were a complete disaster, but not me. It means that I finally have an excuse for my favourite remedy, a Hot Toddy…or plural…daily…

Let me explain the health benefits.

Lemon: an antiseptic that is also a rich source of Vitamin C, builds up the antibodies and immune system, and helps the body process toxins.

Honey: an antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory that suppresses coughs and soothes sore throats, plus increases serotonin to improve the mood.

Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial, it’s particularly effective in treating respiratory infections.

Cloves: an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant immune booster and pain reliever that kills oral diseases and cures headaches.

Whiskey: fights off colds & flu, illnesses, and infections with antibacterial and antioxidant properties, plus trace levels of vitamins that stimulate the immune system. True story!


  • 150ml boiling water
  • 2 tbs Australian honey
  • 100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 60 ml Irish Whiskey
  • 3 pieces of lemon zest


Dissolve honey in boiling water. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Steep for 5 minutes. Add whiskey, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir & serve.

Hot Toddy


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