Feeling under the weather? Hot Toddy to the rescue. With Old Man Winter wrathfully upon us, here is a twist on a classic hot toddy cocktail that is sure to warm the soul and indulge the senses by Ricardo Garcia, Former Beverage Director at Linwood’s Restaurant, located in our hometown of Owings Mills, Maryland.
A little history on where this amazing cocktail came from
Who is Toddy, anyway? Hot Toddy comes from 18th century Scotland, invented as a treatment for the common cold enjoyed before bed. In Ireland, a hot toddy is a ‘hot whiskey’. While many versions throughout history feature whisky or rum, the basis of the bedtime drink contains hot water, honey, lemon, and a spirit or two.
How to make a hot toddy
First, gather all the ingredients that you will need. Start with Maryland-style rye. If you’re at a loss we cover one that we like in this Skinny Rye Crush recipe.
Next, you’ll need our honey. It wouldn’t be a good honey recipe if it didn’t involve our honey! Juice a lemon. I like Meyers lemon when they are in season, and Meyer Lemon season often coincides with flu season. (Thank you mother nature!)
Boil water and make chamomile tea. If you want to try something different, warm up some organic apple cider for this delightful treat! We grow chamomile on our farm and there is no better way to enjoy chamomile tea than with your very own chamomile, that you’ve grown and hand-harvested. Or, grab a jar of our loose-leaf Good Night Tea, it’s blended by hand.
Add honey or one of our honey lollipops and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
Adding cinnamon, clove, ginger or nutmeg, will add depth to your toddy.
We always invite you to play with your food and this recipe is no different!
Eastern Shore Hot Toddy
- 1 oz Maryland style rye whiskey
- 1 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey to taste
- 1/2 oz lemon juice freshly-squeezed
- 6 oz hot chamomile tea
- Boil water and make the chamomile tea.
- Add honey and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
- Enjoy and have one for us!