The winter season can be tough when it comes to staying away from germs. We keep this hot toddy recipe for coughs, colds, and flu symptoms close by during this season. Are you looking for a delicious, healthy drink that will make you feel better ASAP? This Hot Toddy recipe to feel better fast will do the trick every time.

Note – this post is not intended as a replacement for medical advice. If you are sick, follow your doctor’s instructions. Updated January, 2020.

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Is a Hot Toddy Good for a Cough?

Yes, there are benefits of drinking a hot toddy for cough and sore throat.
Whiskey is a great decongestant. The steam helps the mucus membranes to deal with the nasal congestion  associated with your head cold. Hot liquids of any kind are a good way to soothe a sore throat. Honey and lemon help soothe a cough and any congestion. Whiskey can also relieve aching muscles and soothe a sore throat.

Please note that the adult version of this Hot Toddy Recipe contains alcohol and we also include a kids/non-alcoholic version of the recipe.

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I remember my mom making a Hot Toddy for my dad when he was sick with a winter cold. 

As kids, they let us try a sip and we thought it tasted awful! Try our non-alcoholic recipe version below, which is tasty for kids to enjoy.

How Does a Hot Toddy Work?

The benefits of a hot toddy are not just psychological, as this article from Smithsonian explains.

The Mayo clinic recommends warm drinks to sooth a sore throat. The warmth of whiskey helps with sleep. Lemon and cinnamon have natural healing properties. Honey coats the throat and boosts the immune system.

The honey in a hot toddy can even help ease a cough and sore throat.

Of course if you are still feeling under the weather in a day or two, we recommend you seek treatment from a doctor or medical professional.


Hot Toddy Recipe to Feel Better Fast

How to make a hot toddy for a cold?

This hot toddy recipe is what we drink to stop a cough and fast. Are you wondering how to make the perfect hot toddy? This Hot Toddy Recipe to feel better will help soothe a sore throat and induce sleep.

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Hot Toddy Recipe for Colds and Flu

Feeling under the weather? This old fashioned hot toddy will help you feel better - fast, and with all natural ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 120kcal


  • 1 cup of hot water or hot tea or lemonade
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Lemon slices optional
  • 2 cinnamon sticks optional
  • 1/2 oz Whiskey


  • Heat liquid of choice
  • Add honey, lemon, whiskey
  • Stir till combined
  • add lemon slices and cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • Slowly drink, enjoy and feel better!


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

Kids & Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy Recipe

This easy non alcoholic hot toddy recipe for cough is great for kids. 

  • 1 cup hot water, mild hot tea or lemonade.
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and cinnamon sticks, optional

Follow directions as above.

Hot Toddy Recipe for Colds And Flu. Plain white coffee mug with hot water inside of it sits on white wood surface.

Pour hot water in a large mug.

Add in whiskey, honey and lemon juice. Stir.

Hot Toddy Recipe for Colds And Flu. Clear mason glass with handle, cinnamon sticks and lemons on either side of the glass. A blue napkin sits under the lemons.

Add in lemon slice and cinnamon sticks.

Slowly drink, enjoy and feel better!


This hot toddy recipe works for our family, but I’m not a doctor and cannot promise any kind of results.

What are your favorite remedies for a cough, colds and flu?


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