Despite only falling in the second week of January, Hot Toddy Day couldn’t have come sooner. ‘Hot Toddy’s’ are not only one of the most popular cocktails around, but could also be argued to be one of the most beneficial.
The basic ingredients usually consist of; honey, lemon, cloves, hot water and whisky. With whiskey being an effective decongestant, lemon is packed with vitamin C and honey known for soothing a sore throat – a hot toddy is perfect for battling those awful winter colds.
Others, however, might decide to mix it up a bit and add some extra spice, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chili and pepper – you can even get pre-made Hot Toddy spice mix!
With the U.K also recently entering another national lockdown, people are feeling more lonely and isolated than ever due to a combination of cold weather, dark nights and the restrictions in place – Scientists found that warm drinks can potentially help improve your mental health.
So whether you’re suffering from the World’s worst cold, in need of a little pick-me-up or just want to try something new, drinks retailer Bottle Club has put together a list of their 5 best whiskeys for making a Hot Toddy with – taking into account the stronger the whiskey is, the less the water thins it out, of course.
Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Whiskey – 50%
This popular Scotch plays host to a floral flavor in its signature bottling and was crafted by Head Distiller Adam Hannett, created using exclusively scotch barley. This whiskey is perfect if you want an elegant, floral hint to your Hot Toddy.
Find Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Whiskey here
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Whiskey – 58.4%
With an alcohol percentage almost 20% higher than most whiskeys, Wild Turkey is bound to add a good kick to your Hot Toddy. This Kentucky born whiskey has a spicy flavor but is still described to be ‘rich, yet mellow’ despite the rather high alcohol content.
Find Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Whiskey here
Game of Thrones House Tyrell | Clynelish Reserve Malt Whiskey – 51%
Even if you’re not a fan of the hit show, you wouldn’t be able to turn down Clynelish’s tribute to Game of Thrones in your Hot Toddy. Another floral flavored favorite, House Tyrell also has hints of delicious tropical fruits and a creamy vanilla finish – perfect if you’d like a sweeter alternative of the cocktail.
Find Game of Thrones House Tyrell – Clynelish Reserve Malt Whiskey here
Lagavulin 8-Year-Old Whiskey – 48%
This is a limited-edition whiskey, released in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Lagavulin distillery being founded. With a flavor described as ‘peaty’ – this Scotch whiskey will add a smoky taste to your Hot Toddy, perfect for those dark, cold winter nights.
Find Lagavulin 8-Year-Old Whiskey here
Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or Whiskey – 46%
Created in some of the tallest stills in the Highland, Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or plays host to a honey flavor, accompanied by notes of nutmeg, toasted almonds, and gingerbread – making it a perfect accompaniment to a classic Hot Toddy.