A hot toddy is made with hot water, lemon juice, honey and liquor - usually whiskey or brandy. Sometimes, brewed tea is used instead of hot water. The ingredient proportions vary according to individual tastes.
While the traditional recipe for a hot toddy is a simple mixture of whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey, there are many variations on the recipe. Some bartenders prefer to use hot apple juice or spicy tea, such as chai, instead of plain water. These mixtures result in a more flavorful hot toddy. The sweet element, while most commonly honey, can also be created with golden sugar or a simple syrup.
For an example of a traditional hot toddy, Epicurious recommends using bourbon. To make this recipe, combine 1 ounce of bourbon, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1/4 cup of hot water in a small glass. Stir until the honey is combined.
The Guardian's more complex hot toddy uses 60 millilitres each of whiskey and hot water, 3 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 piece of ginger and 1 strip of lemon peel. These ingredients are heated together, then mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 or 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, then topped with a pinch of nutmeg.