To make a good hot toddy with lemon, heat a sturdy glass with water, and then discard the liquid. Combine 2 fluid ounces of bourbon whiskey with one tablespoon of honey and top with 3/4 cup of hot water. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Substitute lemon juice for the water if desired.
There are numerous other ways by which you can customize hot toddy drinks to your liking. For example, you can substitute brandy, gin or tequila for the whiskey. Sugar or maple syrup can replace honey. The amount of water can be adjusted, boiled with lemon, or replaced altogether by using apple cider or tea. Spices such as cloves or cinnamon are often added, as well.
The hot toddy can be traced back over 200 years and has been used to treat the common cold. There are two theories as to the origin of the toddy. The first is that it was originally the term used in India for the sap of a coconut tree that was left in the sun to ferment. The second suggests that the name is derived from the Todian Springs in Edinburgh, Scotland. Water from the spring may have been used to make the whiskey in the drink.