‘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!

Citrus-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

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Comments (17)
  1. 1
    Laura November 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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

  2. 2
    Dee November 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I could use one of these right now. Currently dark, rainy and cold.
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  3. 3
    Celeste & Pearl November 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

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

    Warmest (pun intended!),
    Liz and Lo


  4. 4
    zozo November 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm

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


  5. 5
    Stacia November 10, 2013 at 3:53 am

    This sounds amazing!

  6. 6
    Ange Salameh November 14, 2013 at 4:26 am

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

  7. 7
    Carrie Ryan November 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    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…

    • Camille Styles November 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

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

  8. 8
    Sonya Sahai March 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    And what do you do with the Cinnamon sticks?

  9. 9
    char1951 January 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    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. 10
    bob January 20, 2015 at 7:17 am

    dont like bourbon .would this work as well using rum

  11. 11
    Kathryn M. February 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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

  12. 12
    Dawn November 28, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    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.