Originally served cool, the toddy made its way to the South around the British Colonial era. Knowledge of the drink is said to have spread through the states by the colonists who drank toddies as liquid courage during the Revolutionary War. Southerners favored a rum version made with the spices and sugar available to their region. But, the warm hot toddy we drink today was created in Scotland and is rumored to get the “toddy” part of its name from the water used to make it – which was procured from Tod’s Well in Edinburgh. Another take is that “toddy” traces back to the Hindi word tari, which was a drink made from the fermented sap of toddy palm and enjoyed by the British.