Winter Honey Whiskey Cocktail


Stay a little warmer this winter with this riff on a classic hot toddy. Ginger gives this healthy cocktail a pinch of spice.

2 servings


  • 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon, plus more for garnish

  • 4 teaspoons honey

  • 3 ounces bourbon or other whiskey

  • 1 dropperful (scant 1/4 teaspoon) propolis tincture (see Tip)


  1. Combine water and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Juice lemon and add half the juice and half the rind to the pan. (Discard the remaining rind.) Simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, divide the remaining lemon juice between 2 mugs and add half the honey, bourbon (or other whiskey) and propolis to each. Pour the hot liquid through a sieve into a glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Divide the liquid between the mugs. Stir well to dissolve the honey. Serve immediately with a twist of lemon, if desired.


Tip: Propolis is a resinous mixture made by honeybees from various resins collected from trees and flower buds. The bees use it to seal the hive. Food-grade alcohol is added to propolis to produce a tincture that is believed to have antibacterial properties. Look for it in natural-foods stores and online.

Exchanges: 1 alcohol equivalent, 1/2 other carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size generous 1 cup
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Added Sugars 12g 24%
Protein 0g 0%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 2IU 0%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 6mg 1%
Potassium 54mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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