At its heart, a hot toddy is comfort in a mug—a cozy cold-weather sipper that keeps the chill at bay. In this version, chai spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, along with a dash of spiced rum, give the drink even more of a warming feel. Feel free to substitute a more traditional bourbon in place of the rum and to adjust the level of tart lemon to your liking., November 2020


Recipe Summary

5 mins
30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom pods in a medium saucepan. (If you have a tea infuser, you can put the spices in that to avoid having to strain the mixture.) Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard the tea bags and spices.

  • Return the spiced tea to the pan and reheat until warm. Stir in rum (or bourbon), honey and lemon juice, if using. Divide between 2 warmed mugs and serve immediately. (Alternatively, serve each mug with a lemon wedge for squeezing in juice to taste.)


To make ahead: Prepare spiced tea (Step 1) up to 1 week ahead; refrigerate the strained liquid in a covered container.

Nutrition Facts

about 12 oz.
139 calories; sodium 12mg; carbohydrates 18g; sugars 17g; vitamin a iu 1IU.