Michigan Winter Cocktail, Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy


A Michigan Winter Cocktail

With winter now firmly gripping 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.

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 should be experienced and derivatives are always welcome.

  • Heat water in a tea kettle or the microwave.
  • 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.
  • Warm up a serving mug with more hot water. Empty and drizzle honey at the bottom of the warm mug.
  • Add about 1-2 shots of bourbon and about a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Pour your dark steeped tea into the mug and stir.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick or slice of orange. 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 colonial era. Enjoy. 


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Mike Hardy

Mike Hardy is a Marketing Information Technology Manager and author of a fun-loving blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan. Starting in 2009, he authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 15,000 visitors per month. Mike welcomes your feedback, which can be found on Thumbwinds, "About" page.

1 Response

  1. johnnagridge says:

    I love these, except I skip the water, tea, honey, and lemon.

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