This Irish whiskey - aka the hot toddy! - recipe is the perfect warmer-upper.

A hot whiskey is the best traditional 'cure-all' for those seasonal sniffles but it’s also a delicious digestif or a nightcap (drink before bed).

Irish whiskey hot toddy recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes


  • A good Irish whiskey (Jameson or Powers is the best Irish whiskey for a hot toddy recipe!)
  • A heat-proof glass
  • 7/8 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Slice of lemon


Fill a kettle to boil hot water.

To pre-heat your glass, place a metal spoon in the glass and pour some hot water in. The spoon will prevent the glass from breaking! Once the glass is warmed, dump out the water.

Cut a slice of lemon, remove the pips, and stick some cloves into the fruit.

Put a teaspoon of sugar into the glass followed by a shot of Irish whiskey. Give the whiskey and sugar mixture a bit of a stir and try to dissolve the lumps.

Add boiling water and then stir.

Add the lemon and additional cloves (if desired) to the mix.

Wrap a wee' napkin around the glass, so you don’t scald yourself.


 *Originally published in 2016, updated in 2021.