Spicy Ginger Hot Toddy Recipe


When it gets cold out and my nose gets sniffly, I happily turn to the warming power of a hot toddy. My standby recipe is from a friend for hot buttered rum that combines lemon juice, maple sugar, rum, boiling water and is dotted with a pat of butter.

But I wanted to add a spicy element to the mix. Inspired by a post by this post on The Kitchn, I made a ginger tea and doctored it up with rum. What's good about using a ginger tea as a base for the hot toddy is that you can make it as mild or spicy as you desire.

If you want just a slight ginger flavor, only boil the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. But for me, who is addicted to that tiny ginger burn at the back of the throat that a large hit of ginger can provide, I boil the ginger tea for up to 20 minutes. Add in rum or bourbon, and you have a wintry holiday treat to warm you up or clear the congestion of a cold.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 2 cups water

  • 1 1/2-inch ginger root, thinly sliced

  • 4 to 6 cloves

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • Honey, as needed

  • Rum or bourbon, as needed

  • Lemon slices, as garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan, add water, gingerroot slices and cloves. Squeeze lemon juice into the saucepan, adding lemon halves into the liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, so the liquid is bubbling. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes, until the mixture has reduced and has enough of a gingery taste to your liking. Strain, removing cloves, lemon halves and ginger from the liquid. Pour into two mugs. Add enough honey and rum or bourbon to your tastes. Garnish with lemon slices, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
108 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 112mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)