Hot Tottie Recipe to Make to Help You Feel Better!

Hot Tottie Recipe

No one likes feeling under the weather but here's a nice little recipe that will make you feel better and help you move towards recovery. This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law when Matthew and I first moved in together. She got the recipe while attending college in the UK. This is a recipe that has never failed to make us feel better and I hope that you have the same experience!

Here's what you'll need:

1 cup water

1 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 cup whiskey

1 1/2 cup honey

4 cloves

To Make a Hot Tottie:

Put the water, lemon juice and whiskey in first. Be sure that the mixture is heating up before you add the honey. It is ok for it to be a gentle boil when you add the honey but be sure to turn it down as you add the honey. Gradually add the honey in a little at a time. *STIR CONSTANTLY when you add the honey or your pot WILL boil over!*

Once the honey is added in you can add the cloves and bring to a boil again. Again be sure to stir! Reduce heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. Now it's ready! Enjoy!


You can use fresh lemons if you have them but I like to keep lemon juice in the fridge for this. It's hard to have fresh things ready just in case you get sick.

Add more honey or whiskey to make it taste good for you. Start with my suggested recipe and then cater to your own tastes.

If you make this for a child simply remove the whiskey from the recipe.

I hope that this helps comfort you and combat those cold and flu symptoms. If you liked this hub please visit my other hub on cold and flu remedies here.

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Comments 45 comments

Ann 5 years ago

I have never heard of this. I saw this yesterday. I used it on my kids and today they are both getting so much better so quick! I appreciate this dearly. Thank you and God bless you and your loved ones.

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author


Thank you for your comment! So many people view this and no one ever let's me know how they liked it! Thank you and I hope your kids make a speedy recovery! If you haven't already be sure sure to check out my other hub on cold and flu remedies that's linked at the bottom of this one.

Beth 5 years ago

Used this for my daughter and sister during the holidays and they raved about it. Now I am sick and using it - thanks!!!

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author


I'm glad it helped! It's a tastier option than cough syrup or sore throat sprays and works just as well!

matt 5 years ago

how many servings does this make?

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author


I've honestly never thought about serving size. We drink this out of coffee mugs and get about 5 or 6 drinks out of this. Thanks for stopping in!

Mitchell 5 years ago

Brewing myself a cup as we speak!! I can't wait!

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

Mitchell- I hope you enjoy your first cup and all those to follow!!

Leah 5 years ago

I'm confused with "4 cloves". 4 cloves of what? garlic?

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

Cloves are a type of spice.

Kaylee 5 years ago

Your awesome thanks

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Heatherenee143 5 years ago

I have no idea about the. Clove,do I have to use it?

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

The cloves are optional. Sometimes I leave them out because my husband doesn't really like them. Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie 5 years ago

Do u use a specific whiskey?

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

I generally use Clan McGregor's Whiskey because it's cheaper than the Jamison Whiskey that we also keep in the house.

Andrea 4 years ago

thanks so much for posting! i had the worst cold yesterday and made this before going to bed, feel a ton better! I did throw in some extra Whiskey so I was feeling pretty good last night too! ha ha, thanks again!

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Greenhousewife 4 years ago Author

I'm glad it helped you! Thank you for visiting!

tyler 4 years ago

can i use black velvet? that is the only whiskey i have

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Greenhousewife 4 years ago Author

Any whiskey will do. I just try not to use anything high end since the amount in the recipe would make that very expensive!

Danielle 4 years ago

When you say "cloves" what are you referring to?

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MrMike82 4 years ago

I remember one year I was sick as a dog and I couldn't breathe so my dad made me a Hot Tottie and he said to me, "If it's too hot, let me know. I'll put some water in it." I sipped it and burned my lip. I told him to add water and when I looked over the side of the couch, he was pouring more whiskey into the cup! I drank about half of it, and then slept for like 5 hours but I woke up feeling great!

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Greenhousewife 4 years ago Author

It's amazing how such a simple thing can really change the course of an illness. Thank you for stopping by MrMike82!

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Cathy Fidelibus 4 years ago from NJ

I've heard of hot totties but never actually new what they were. Thanks, I will look forward to this, this skiing season o) - Ms. Immortal

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Greenhousewife 4 years ago Author

Drinking Hot Toddies will change how you live during the winter and how you survive cold and flu season! Enjoy!

StephESmith 4 years ago

Thanks for this post. I've had a horrible cold since Monday and I am actually leaving for Nashville, TN tomorrow via plane. I'm going to give your recipe a try tonight in hopes it'll clear this up some before tomorrow. I may have all 5 servings! :) Thanks again!

smccann 4 years ago

instead of clove i used peppermint

simpbass 4 years ago

I've done this before with a lemon ginseng tea and honey bourbon such as American Honey or Evan Williams Honey as well. It works great for me! =)

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Greenhousewife 4 years ago Author

Oh that sounds wonderful I will have to give that a try!

Flwrchild 4 years ago

Thanks for the recipe. My moms friend has one every morning and she is 95 never been sick a day so i am trying it today not feeling good down with the flu thanks!

gina 4 years ago

i have been sicker than a dog and nothing was working for me. this was my first time making this, which many other people have said as well..but i added a tea bag to mine and let me tell you this was an amazing recipe! thank you so much for putting this up i just drank some and am already feeling a bit better! too bad i cant drink this at work tomorrow lol

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khmazz 3 years ago from South Florida

My grandma always told me that hot toddies are a life saver when sick, maybe I will have to give this recipe a try next time I am under the weather! Thanks for sharing!

sean egg 3 years ago

you could add the whiskey right before you drink it, that way the alcohol doesn't boil off. unless you are giving it to your children...

Meghan 3 years ago

can u use bourbon?

Tee 3 years ago

I am currently doing this as we speak!

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This is great! My mum used to swear by hot toddies, or totties in the winter months for anything from a cold to a chill! lol! voted up and shared! nell

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Minus the cloves I used this for me and my kids when they were little and we could prevent colds and sore throat or so it seemed, handed down from my dad. Now that I take prescriptions I never do this but I recall my mom did for her bronchitis and Mom did not drink. This was just not considered drinking. I may give it a try this winter. Actually we just poured the boiling water into the other ingredients and stirred. I only gave my children teaspoons as my dad had for us. Surely as safe as cold medicines and cough syrups. and it didn't turn any of us into alcoholics, lol

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Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

I'm always on the look out for new hot toddy recipies - will definitely have to try this one! I like that it doesn't contain tea - not the biggest tea fan. Voted up!

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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

I don't know if I could handle whiskey, as I'm kind of a lightweight when it comes to drinking, but I've heard it's a great cure for a cold. Voted up and sharing.

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Greenhousewife 3 years ago Author

A lot of the whiskey will be cooked off if you boil it for long enough. The point of this recipe is to feel better, not to get drunk. If you're looking for a recreational drink, then yes add the whiskey at the end, if you have a cold just follow the recipe as it's written. You'll feel better in no time!

boots 3 years ago

is it 1 and a half cup of whiskey

Carol 3 years ago

Very good hot tottie, I tried this last night, my chest hurt so bad from all the coughing, really helped the cough and chest not as sore today

Steven 3 years ago

I got sick last year a few days before me and my fiancé were flying to Boston for a Patriots game I drank this for 2 days and was ready to fly out and felt perfect now I'm about to use it again this is great

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Greenhousewife 3 years ago Author

Thank you for stopping by Steven! I'm so glad this recipe helped you two years in a row!

Brittany 2 years ago

I am so glad I came acrossed this because My son has the most horrible cough. I am going to then store and get these ingredients and make this for him! I will be sure to comment and let you know about he progress... Thanks!

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