Can You Believe It? It's National Hot Toddy Day!

You may or may not know this, but Joe and I are big whiskey fans. We love it straight, on the rocks, in Old Fashioneds, and in all sorts of various concoctions. In fact, when we check out a new restaurant or bar, we’ve started a tradition of often asking for two Old Fashioneds to see what we think of the bartender. We tend to have varying degrees of interest in the particular drink that’s served… I like mine a bit sweeter (and with more cherries!) than Joe does, but we can usually agree if it is a well made Old Fashioned or a poorly made Old Fashioned.

Well, several weeks ago, a friend came over for dinner and suggested we each make a Hot Toddy. Perhaps I had enjoyed one several years ago, I’m not sure, but it was the first time I actively remembered trying a Hot Toddy. I feel almost silly writing that, because it’s such an easy drink to make! And it was scrumptious. But I just can’t put my finger on when I would have had one!

So when I found out today was National Hot Toddy day, I couldn’t wait to celebrate… especially when I discovered there are Hot Toddy Sundaes! Yes, you read that right. Sundaes. SUNDAES. I couldn’t pass putting up these two recipes on the blog, as a Hot Toddy can be a wonderful drink to offer while hosting a winter gathering or celebration, and a Hot Toddy Sundae could be a fund spin on a summer affair. I’ve listed “Glenlivet” as the brand of choice because there is an ice cream available, and I got the recipes straight from their site (plus, it’s scrumptious).

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Traditional Hot Toddy

  • 1.5 parts The Glenlivet

  • 4 parts Hot Tea

  • .5 parts Hone

  • .25 parts fresh Lemon Juice

  • Cinnamon Stick

    Pour all ingredients into a mug and stir with the cinnamon stick.

Hot Toddy Sundae

Say what?! When I found out this was actually a thing, you better believe my mouth dropped to the floor!

  • The Glenlivet Ice Cream - found HERE

  • 1 1/2 cups Water

  • 3 cups Sugar

  • 2 tsp. Salt

  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves

  • Squeeze of Lemon

    In a sauce pan, combine water, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until sugar caramelizes, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cloves and lemon. Let cool. Put a scoop of ice cream in a bowl and pour over the caramelized mixture.

Think of all the other fun things you could do with this boozy ice cream! Shakes? Floats? Or perhaps just straight out of the container?

You best believe we’ll be enjoying a Hot Toddy of our own tonight… or should we give the Sundae a try?!