The Best Hot Toddy Recipe in the Observable Universe

When it comes to warm winter beverages, nothing beats the almighty hot toddy. The citrusy, cinnamony, and whiskey-y goodness of this classic cocktail is perfect for warming your cockles on a cold winter night (or day, or morning). Some say the hot toddy is the best existing remedy for the common cold — just send one of these warm bastards down the hatch, go into a brief coma, and you’ll wake up with a new zest for life.

Lately we’ve been scouring the globe in search of the best hot toddy recipe in all the land, and now, after months of searching, we’re pretty sure we’ve found it. To get one, you’ll need to head to a spot called Moloko in Portland, OR — or just check out this video and make it yourself. Our bartender Frank was kind enough to break down the mixing process for us in great detail. Here’s how it’s done.

best hot toddy recipe

The Hot Toddy


  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • 4 oz hot water
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange slice with a whole clove
  • .5 oz honey syrup*
  • .5 oz orange juice

Method: Pour hot water into a glass to temper it. This ensures that the glass doesn’t cool your drink (it’s a hot toddy, not a lukewarm toddy). Next, squeeze the lemon and orange juice using your method of choice, cut off an orange slice, and slip pieces of clove into the orange. Pour out the hot water you used for tempering the glass, then add bourbon. Splash in your lemon juice, orange juice, and honey simple syrup. Next, add your cinnamon stick and be-cloved orange slice (and straw, if you like). Pour in about 4 oz of hot water, stir, and enjoy!

*To make honey simple syrup, simply heat equal parts honey and water until the honey dissolves.