Warm Up with a Hot Toddy (Good for Colds and Flu!)

This hot toddy recipe, made with cinnamon and tea, will banish the chill of winter! Drink it when you have a cold or flu; it will soothe your throat.I love a hot toddy to warm up on a cold night! It's also a great natural remedy for colds and flu. This recipe includes orange and cinnamon...yum!

Have a hot toddy!

It will warm you up…

…when you’re huddled in a drafty garret penning manuscripts by candlelight.

…when you’re pouring over a time-weathered volume in front of a roaring fire.

…or when you’re feeling under the weather and need a little nightcap to soothe you to bed.

Wherever you take it, the hot toddy will be your new favourite beverage to banish the chill of winter! It also soothes your throat–making it an excellent elixir for when you have a cold or flu.

Hot Toddy Ingredients - RichlyRooted.com

There are many variations on the hot toddy, but the main components are lemon juice, honey, and some type of alcohol. I enjoyed mine with tea and spices, although some recipes just call for hot water. You can play with these components to come up with your own unique cocktail:

  • Citrus (lemon, lime, orange, blood orange)
  • Honey (keep it raw, okay?)
  • Alcohol (bourbon, rum, brandy)
  • Spices (cinnamon, ginger root, cloves)
  • Tea (Irish breakfast, black currant, rooibos, chamomile)

Orange and Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Servings 2 Servings


  • hot water
  • 1 bag black tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 lemon or lime about 4 teaspoons juice
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 oz Bourbon


  1. Put the kettle on to boil while you set out the other ingredients.
  2. Put the tea bag and cinnamon sticks in a teapot. When the water boils, pour 1 and 1/2 cups over tea bag and let everything steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, divide honey and lemon juice between two mugs or Irish coffee glasses. Squeeze an orange slice into each.
  4. When the tea is ready, pour over honey; stir to dissolve.
  5. Add an ounce of Bourbon to each glass. Stir, sip, and add more honey and Bourbon to taste.

Other hot drink recipes you’ll love:

Homemade Mocha

Spiced Vanilla Milk

Afternoon Energy Booster Tea


  1. I have to try that orange and cinnamon hot toddy. Looks like it’s an easy recipe to follow. Thanks for sharing!

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