Chamomile-Honey Hot Toddy

Hot toddy made with chamomile tea, honey, and whiskey. This nightcap will help you doze off in no time!
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Photography Credit: Garrett McCord

Children who are having trouble falling to sleep are often prescribed a glass of warm milk to help them nod off. Their parents, having spent the night cajoling, ordering and begging their children to go to bed, may need something a bit stronger.

Enter this chamomile hot toddy. It’s a drink of whiskey, honey, and lemon mixed with chamomile tea to help you doze off in no time.

Chamomile Hot ToddySince the toddy is supposedly Irish in origin, purists insist that only Irish whiskey be used in the drink.

However, as the recipe became popular outside Ireland, spreading throughout Europe and North America, so did its boozy variations. Brandy, bourbon, and rum started being used interchangeably with whiskey.

I say, use what you have in your liquor cabinet and most enjoy!

While certainly not traditional, I find the addition of chamomile tea really transforms this soothing, but otherwise ho-hum drink into a truly fantastic cocktail. The floral notes of the tea bring out the sweeter, spicier notes of the spirits and give the drink a more captivating flavor.

Chamomile-Honey Hot Toddy Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

In addition, I find steeping a fresh slice of ginger in the hot water for a few minutes is nice if you’re feeling congested.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) whiskey, bourbon, brandy, or dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (from 1/2 fresh lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup boiling hot water (or up to 1/2 cup, if you'd like your toddy to be less strong)
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish (optional)

Method

1 Combine the liquor, lemon juice, and honey in a small mug.

Chamomile Hot Toddy

2 Add the hot water and stir until the honey dissolves.

3 Add the tea bag and steep for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. Remove the tea bag and garnish with a fresh lemon.

Enjoy in bed with a favorite book.

Chamomile Hot Toddy

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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3 Comments

  1. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    My little girl cannot fall asleep lately. I started to read it and I was so excited, but yep, we don’t give her alcohol yet, so better I do it for myself ;)

  2. Nan Maginnis

    Is 1/4 cup water accurate?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Nan! Yes, 1/4 cup water is correct — it’s meant to be fairly concentrated. This said, you can definitely steep the tea in more hot water and dilute the drink a little more, if you like!

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