Tequila Hot Toddy Recipe

You might not think of tequila as a traditional ingredient for a hot toddy, but it is undoubtedly a great way to provide a unique flavor to this beverage. When it is cold, and you need something to warm you up, make sure to try this fantastic recipe for a hot toddy. 

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The History of the Hot Toddy

While the history of the hot toddy is not precisely known, many people trace the drink’s origins to British-controlled India. In the 1610s, the word “taddy” was the name of a popular drink made from fermented palm sap. The drink was finally defined in 1786 as a beverage made with hot water, sugar, spices, and liquor. Since the drink originated in the British-controlled empire, the Brits claimed the beverage as their own. In the cold winters, many Irish, English, and Scottish pubs poured hot toddies made with Scotch whiskey. Due to the British Empire’s trade routes, these countries could use many exotic spices that added a great flavor to whisky and water. 

However, that is not the only origin story for the hot toddy. Some experts also contributed the drink to an Irish doctor named Robert Bentley Todd. He was known to treat these patients with a drink with cinnamon, sugar water, and hot brandy. In reality, the truth is probably a combination of both stories. Before the development of antibiotics, many doctors would incorporate hot toddies  into their patients’ medical treatments. By the 19th century, the drink was known as a cure for the common cold. In some cases, doctors even prescribe the drink to children. 

the hot toddy has been around for centuries

No matter where it started, hot toddies continue to be a popular drink in the United States. Initially, the drink was made from rum from the Caribbean and local brandy. Today, these drinks use a wide range of ingredients, including tequila. There are cranberries, grapefruit, and even orange hot toddies. While bourbon apple cider and mulled wine have been popular in the past, hot toddies are slowly becoming the “must-have” drink for colder weather. With a look at its history, you can see why hot toddies have survived the test of time and have remained the undeniable champion of the hot drink. 

When the weather outside is scary and frightful, make sure to turn to a glass of comforting hot toddy. This drink has a long and storied history, and it is one of the best drinks to sip on a cold winter day or night. 

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What Is In a Hot Toddy?

The basic recipe for a hot toddy includes rum or whiskey, sweetener, hot water, and citrus. As previously mentioned, there are numerous combinations to make your very own hot toddy. You are not limited to just those traditional ingredients. Today, people are mixing and matching to find their own preferred flavor of hot toddy. Since tequila is one versatile liquor, it is an excellent ingredient for these drinks. 

The term “hot toddy” has become more of a category rather than a specific recipe. But those components have remained the same: citrus, spirits, sweetener, and hot water. Today’s hot toddies are getting creative with any of the ingredients that you have available in your home. Many cocktail recipe developers and bartenders are starting to put their focus on this drink to create new, exciting, and delicious concoctions.

 Is there one type of liquid for hot toddies over others? That will all depend on you!

If you love tequila, then this recipe is for you. It will create a new flair to an old favorite. This recipe still uses some traditional ingredients, such as lemon, honey, and ginger. With that, you can use this hot toddy for its traditional use – to help relieve a sore throat or cold. Even if you are not sick, this recipe is still a delicious way to add a tropical vibe to your cocktails. 

use tequila in your next hot toddy

You will want to choose a mellow tequila for the recipe. As a result, it will provide an atomic backdrop for the honey and ginger. If you want to take a tropical trip to the Mexican Riviera, then make sure to try this fantastic hot toddy with tequila. 

Related: Ways to Drink Rancho La Gloria 

Make a Hot Toddy With Tequila

Now for the best part – making your own tequila-based hot toddy. As we previously said, many of these ingredients are already in your home. You might have to grab a bottle of tequila to make this delicious recipe. 

You will need the following:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, which is about ¼ of a lemon
  • A few drops of your favorite spicy bitters
  • Honey and ginger tea crystals to taste

After you have all the ingredients, you can now make the drink. In the mug, you will want to add the ginger and honey to boiling water, so they will fully dissolve. Once you are finished, add the tequila, lemon juice, and a few drops of spicy bitters. As always, you can always adjust the ginger and honey to your preference. 

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Enjoy a Delicious Tequila Hot Toddy 

Hot toddies are the perfect winter drink. Over the years, it has been used to treat colds or help to relax on your busy winter day. While the traditional recipes used rum and brandy, you can use tequila to create a yummy drink. And don’t forget, these hot toddies are a great drink for any time of year, not just when the weather turns a little colder. 

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