Maker’s Mark® Hot Toddy

A Maker’s Mark Hot Toddy is a pretty nice antidote to sufferers of the cold, even if that’s just the cold weather we’re talking about. There are a lot of riffs out there on this wintry classic. This one gets spiced up a bit with a delicious cinnamon syrup you’ll find a variety of uses for.


  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • 1/2 part cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1/4 part honey
  • 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • Top with hot water
  • Lemon wheel and cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish
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Pro Tips
Classic Toddy
You can leave the cinnamon syrup out and do 3/4 part honey. Earl Grey tea instead of hot water is another appealing substitute.
Keep it simple
The technique used to make the cinnamon syrup should come in handy again. You can change the flavor just as easily, using everything from mint to ginger in place of cinnamon.
Hotter Toddy
Like it spicy? Many like to add heat to their Hot Toddies, using spices like cayenne, chili powder and chili flakes to dial things up a notch.

How to

  1. Add all ingredients to a mug and stir well.
  2. Garnish with lemon wheel and fresh grated cinnamon or nutmeg.
  3. To make cinnamon syrup, mix equal parts sugar and water with one broken-up cinnamon stick per 1/2 cup.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Once sugar is completely melted, remove pan from heat and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Strain out cinnamon.
  7. Syrup can be stored up to three weeks.

Cool originsHistory of the Hot Toddy

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.

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