This Jim Beam hot toddy is made with boiling water, Jim Beam whiskey, honey, lemon juice, slices of lemon and a cinnamon stick and stirred to perfection.
If you haven’t heard of Burns Night, it’s a Scottish holiday celebrated on Robert Burns birthday, a famous poet. Scottish people celebrate by having dinner where they make toasts, read poems, and eat haggis. Hot toddies are thoroughly enjoyed on burns night.
Jim Beam is a whiskey with an oaky, vanilla flavor. It can be Smokey, malty, bring with a deep complexity. You can sip it neat, on the rocks, or make a delicious hot toddy. This could not be easier to make. All you need is hot water, whiskey (I used Jim Beam), honey and lemon. Unlike mulled wine, hot toddies are on the lighter side. They are great to drink when you are sitting by the fire or watching tv inside on a cold day. Feel free to adjust the lemon juice and honey anyway you would like. If you like it on the sweeter side, add honey or sugar. Add more lemon juice if you prefer a more tart hot toddy.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Boiling water
- Lemon juice
- Lemon slices
- Cinnamon stick
See recipe card for Jim Beam Hot Toddy quantities.
Pour the boiling water, honey, lemon juice and whiskey into a mug. Spice it with a cinnamon stick and add a slice of lemon as well. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Hint: Use a tea kettle to boil the water.
Whiskey: I used Jim Beam whiskey although in the past I have used Fireball (gives is a good kick), Jack Daniels, or Bruidladdich. You could even try it with tequila, gin or vodka. Get creative!
Honey: I prefer using golden honey that is raw – which is not pasteurized.
Lemon Juice: For best taste, use lemon juice from lemons instead of store bought lemon juice.
Cinnamon stick: The cinnamon stick helps just give the hot toddies a nice kick and is easier to manage the amount than using powder cinnamon.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add jalapeno slices for a nice kick.
I use this tea kettle to boil my water. Nice glasses are always aesthetically pleasing for this too.
This is better to drink right when you make it, and doesn't do well stored.
Use a tea kettle to boil the water.Print
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