Hot Not Toddy: The Booze-Free Recipe for Cold Nights

Hot Not Toddy - Non-alcoholic Warm Winter Drinks
Warm up with a Hot Not Toddy, everything you love about the Hot Toddy, without the booze. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving (serves 1)
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The Hot Toddy is great but sometimes you want that warm soothing mix without the liquor and that's where the Hot Not Toddy comes in. Yes, this really is just an enhanced cup of warm tea, but it's a fabulous drink.

Choose your favorite hot tea and watch it transform it into a delightful winter mocktail by adding some the non-alcoholic elements of the traditional toddy. This is not only great for non-drinkers but one that you can share with the kids and it is a soothing relief of cold symptoms - kind of like chicken soup.

What You'll Need

  • 7 ounces tea (hot)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon  (juice of)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (grated)
  • 1 tsp. cloves (ground)
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg (ground)
  • Garnish: lemon (wedge)

How to Make It

  1. In an Irish coffee glass or mug, add the honey, lemon, and spices.
  2. Top with hot, freshly brewed tea.
  3. Stir.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Tip: While waiting for your tea to brew, pour the extra water from your teapot into the glass or mug you will be using. This will warm up the mug and keep your Toddy hot longer. Dump the water before building the drink.

More Tips for Making a Great Hot Not Toddy

Choose your tea. Any type of tea will make a great Hot Not Toddy.

Which you choose will depend on your mood at the moment.

  • Green teas are always nice because they're smooth and relaxing. Jasmine and sencha are two great choices.
  • Black teas like Earl Grey are good for afternoon tea, but they're also nice when sweetened into this recipe.
  • Mint teas and herbal tea blends designed to calm and relax you are perfect candidates, especially if you're making a Toddy before bed or looking for cold relief.
  • Floral teas (or tisanes) such as those with chamomile, rosehips, or hibiscus can be a great pick-me-up.
  • For a citrus tea, I might suggest sticking with an orange blend. The lemon and peach tea blends are okay, but a spicy orange is best with this recipe.

Choose your sweetener. Honey is not the only ingredient that you can use to sweeten the Hot Not Toddy. If you have a favorite drink sweetener, use it or try one of these alternatives.

  • Agave Nectar - The same consistency as honey, it is sweeter than sugar but has a more neutral flavor than honey.
  • Simple Syrup - Sugar does dissolve well in hot drinks, but if you have simple syrup made up, it's the perfect shortcut and will add a nice, gentle sweetness to your Toddy.
  • Cinnamon Simple Syrup - Skip the cinnamon in the recipe and use a homemade syrup that already includes the spice. It's easy to make up and useful for other tea drinks as well as coffee.
  • Brown Sugar Spice Syrup - This easy recipe adds all of the spices right in the syrup so there's no need to add more to the Toddy. It is rich, delicious, and perfectly aromatic when hot tea hits it.