Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe


A classic hot toddy consists of nothing more than whiskey, sugar, hot water, and perhaps a cinnamon stick for stirring. But if you're looking for something spicier, this hot toddy recipe is just the ticket. This warm whiskey drink is packed with fragrant baking spices and sweet honey draws the flavor of the spices into an infused simple syrup.

Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 to 6 serves


  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, cracked

  • 2 whole star anise, plus more for serving

  • 3 cups water

  • cup honey

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) bourbon

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)


  1. Toast cardamom pods and star anise in a medium saucepan over medium-low, undisturbed, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and honey; bring to a simmer over medium. Simmer, covered, until fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Stir in bourbon and lemon juice; keep warm over low until ready to serve. Serve in mugs; garnish with star anise.

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