Hot Toddy

A Famous Michigan Cocktail, The Hot Toddy Is Winter Bliss

With winter now firmly gripping Michigan and the Upper Thumb and having an intense cold snap to boot, it’s time to bring in the reinforcements. A favorite Michigan cocktail, the Toddy.

Hot Toddy - Michigan Cocktail

A Michigan Cocktail For Winter Chills

A hot toddy is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey, herbs, and spices and served hot. In Michigan, many toddy’s are found housed in an innocent thermos while the kids are sledding or playing ice hockey. They are the ideal cold-weather drink. Here is a recipe that should be experienced, and derivatives are always welcome.

Hot Toddy

Total Time: 10 minutes

Heat Water

Heat water in a tea kettle or the microwave

Steep Tea

Once hot, add a tea bag and allow to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes. Use any tea but let it seep until nice and dark

Add Honey to Warm Cups or Mugs

Warm up a serving mug with more hot water. Empty and drizzle honey at the bottom of the warm mug

Add Your Favorite Bourbon

Add about 1-2 shots of bourbon and about a tablespoon of lemon juice

Garnish and Serve

Pour your dark steeped tea into the mug and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or slice of orange.


  • Tea
  • Bourbon
  • Honey

There are many variations to this so feel free to experiment. You may find it interesting that these basic ingredients are also the basis for America’s first cocktails. Adding tea was a common “soft” ingredient in powerful punches of the American colonial era. Enjoy. 

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