Bottoms Up :: Citrus-Honey Hot Toddy

By Camille Styles
Hot Toddy Recipe | Camille Styles

Hot Toddy Recipe | Camille Styles

‘Tis the season for cozy drinks that warm chilly hands just in from the cold… and warm insides with a toasty shot of bourbon that’s guaranteed to get the festivities started. It was only recently that I tasted my first hot toddy, and I couldn’t believe that it combined the comforting flavors of my daily mug of tea into a party-worthy drink I’m planning to serve at gatherings all winter long. And the simple list of ingredients makes it a snap to mix up on the fly for last-minute guests. This one adds a bit of untraditional fresh-squeezed orange juice for a bright citrus burst. Keep reading for the recipe!

Hot Toddy Recipe | Camille StylesCitrus-Honey Hot Toddy

*serves 2


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot water
  • juice of one orange
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Stir honey, water, lemon and orange juice in a small pitcher until honey dissolves. Add bourbon and divide between 2 mugs. Garnish each with a lemon wedge.

*photos by Chelsea Fullerton

Comments (17)

  1. Laura says:

    this warms the tummy just thinking about it. i also looooove a good bourbon any day!

  2. Dee says:

    I could use one of these right now. Currently dark, rainy and cold.
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  3. Celeste & Pearl says:

    We’re definitely making these this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration – we needed it!!

    Warmest (pun intended!),
    Liz and Lo


  4. zozo says:

    My favorite cold weather drink!! (Move aside hot chocolate)(Just kidding I lub you both)

  5. Stacia says:

    This sounds amazing!

  6. Ange Salameh says:

    This looks yumm !
    Will definitely try it tonight !
    Reminded me of Ole Miss ! Hotty Toddy !

  7. Carrie Ryan says:

    Just finally getting a chance to catch up on old posts – and I love a hot toddy! I will have to try adding the fresh squeezed orange juice. Another trick I love is steeping some chamomile tea instead of straight hot water (or any hot tea for that matter). It certainly makes for a good night’s sleep! Now, if we could just get that cooler weather to come back…

    1. Camille Styles says:

      YUM, the addition of tea sounds sooo flavorful! And the best way to cozy into a long winter’s night… 😉

  8. Sonya Sahai says:

    And what do you do with the Cinnamon sticks?

  9. char1951 says:

    I don’t see where it says what to do with the cinnamon sticks. Do you just use them to stir the today or are they grated in?

  10. bob says:

    dont like bourbon .would this work as well using rum

  11. Kathryn M. says:

    There was not mention of how to use the cinnamon sticks?

  12. Dawn says:

    BEST hot toddy every! I’ve tried a number of recipes over the years, and this is by far my favorite. My whole family loved it, even the alcohol free version I made for a non-drinker in the family.

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