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Hot Toddy, Winter, Cocktail, Explorer's Gin, Downton Distillery

Hot Toddy

The hot toddy is one of the easiest cocktails to help you banish those winter blues. It's a warm sweet drink that you will be craving all winter, especially on those cold nights. The classic recipe uses either whiskey or rum as the base with hot water, lemon juice and honey. It is simple and easy to make with countless variations available online.

The Hot Toddy originated in India in 1610 as a drink made with fermented palm sap. By 1786 it was defined as an alcoholic drink made with hot water, spices, and sugar. It remains a common pub staple in England today during winter. In the US fruit infused toddies are often enjoyed and dominate over other hot alcohol beverages.

Our gin hot toddy is a take on the classic version. In adding hot water to the gin, the spirit will open-up releasing the aromas of the gin.

Ease of Making: Easy 

Glass Type: Mug, Insulated tumbler, toddy glass

Garnish: Lemon peel, cinnamon stick

Taste: Citrus led, sweetness from honey


  • 45ml Explorer’s Gin
  • 60ml boiling water
  • 13ml honey syrup
  • 8ml fresh lemon juice


  • Warm your glassware / mug up (rinse in hot water)
  • Add all the ingredients to your warm glass.
  • Add your garnish.


  • Add a tea bag to your hot toddy to add extra flavour.
  • Use hibiscus syrup if you want to add colour to your toddy.
  • Try one of the American versions where fruit juice is added to the toddy.
  • Use bourbon with warm cider or apple juice, add a little maple syrup.
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