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Hot Tottie Recipe to Help You Feel Better!

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Greenhousewife hopes this recipe will help you feel better faster so you can get back to enjoying the world around you!



  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cups Honey
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whiskey
  • 4 Cloves, (optional)

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!

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.


Aimee (author) on October 08, 2019:

Both spellings are correct! I think it depends on where the recipe came from. This one came from Ireland! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Carol Morris on October 01, 2019:

I always drink a bit of whiskey when I have a sore throat, it does help. My parents used to recommend drinking a hot toddy for colds.

I've only ever heard it referred to as a hot toddy, didn't know it was also a tottie.

Melody on July 25, 2019:

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Never had this, have heard of Southern Hot Tea , but making this now to relieve this soar throat from coughing so much , my 22 yr old son got me sick ugh making him this to

Brittany on March 08, 2014:

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!

Aimee (author) on January 06, 2014:

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

Steven on January 04, 2014:

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

Carol on December 02, 2013:

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

boots on November 12, 2013:

is it 1 and a half cup of whiskey

Aimee (author) on October 13, 2013:

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!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 12, 2013:

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.

Jenn-Anne on October 12, 2013:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 12, 2013:

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

Nell Rose from England on October 12, 2013:

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

Tee on October 01, 2013:

I am currently doing this as we speak!

Meghan on September 23, 2013:

can u use bourbon?

sean egg on September 16, 2013:

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...

Kristen Mazzola from South Florida on April 15, 2013:

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!

gina on February 03, 2013:

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

Flwrchild on January 16, 2013:

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!

Aimee (author) on January 12, 2013:

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

simpbass on January 07, 2013:

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! =)

smccann on December 15, 2012:

instead of clove i used peppermint

StephESmith on October 03, 2012:

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!

Aimee (author) on September 14, 2012:

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

Ms. Immortal from NJ on September 12, 2012:

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

Aimee (author) on August 26, 2012:

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

MrMike82 on August 23, 2012:

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!

Aimee (author) on July 13, 2012:

Here's a link about cloves.

Danielle on July 09, 2012:

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

Aimee (author) on May 11, 2012:

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

tyler on May 11, 2012:

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

Aimee (author) on April 17, 2012:

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

Andrea on April 16, 2012:

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!

Aimee (author) on February 20, 2012:

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

Stephanie on February 19, 2012:

Do u use a specific whiskey?

Aimee (author) on February 16, 2012:

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

Heatherenee143 on February 16, 2012:

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

Kaylee on February 10, 2012:

Your awesome thanks

Aimee (author) on February 04, 2012:

Cloves are a type of spice.

Leah on February 03, 2012:

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

Aimee (author) on January 22, 2012:

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

Mitchell on January 21, 2012:

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

Aimee (author) on January 17, 2012:


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!

matt on January 17, 2012:

how many servings does this make?

Aimee (author) on January 15, 2012:


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

Beth on January 15, 2012:

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

Aimee (author) on December 10, 2011:


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.

Ann on December 09, 2011:

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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