Hot Toddies for Sickies

Hot Toddies for SickiesHot toddies for sickies sounds like a great title for a book. I could see stories about thick blankets, warm alcoholic drinks, lots of pillows, and boxes of tissues. I’ve been under the weather for the past few days so been sipping hot toddies each evening as a medicinal and soothing bedtime drink has become my MO. I mean how can I resist a reason to drink bourbon? I’m a softie for lots of brown liquor but bourbon is my jam. That’s why I chose Bulleit Bourbon instead of scotch for my hot toddy. I also upped the ante using Meyer lemon juice. I love the more milder flavor of Meyer lemons. They have just a bit of an orange flavor that compliments the bourbon ohh so well. It’s almost like a warm Old Fashioned. Many recipes for Hot Toddies don’t use tea but I like a few ounces of freshly brewed tea instead of hot water. For another twist, a friend of mine keeps making me tasty hot toddies with maple syrup instead of honey. I’ve appropriated it as it’s a great sweetener switch up.  A cinnamon stick which easily becomes a spicy natural straw finishes off this tasty evening drink. The next time you feel more than a little tickle in your throat don’t hesitate to stir up a hot toddy to soothe your sniffles.

Hot Toddies for Sickies


  • 1 oz Bourbon (I like Bulleit)
  • 3/4 oz fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 oz steeped hot black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Steep a cup of strong black tea. (PG Tips or English Breakfast)
  2. Pour three ounces of the tea into another mug or cup.
  3. Add in bourbon, Meyer lemon juice, and maple syrup.
  4. Stir together with a cinnamon stick
  5. Garnish with a slice of Meyer lemon.

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