Gin Hot Toddy Recipe

A Hot Toddy is usually made with brandy, rum or whiskey, but at Gin Explorer we like to mix things up. So we’ve added a twist, gin!

Hot Toddy’s are traditionally (but not very scientifically) used for medicinal purposes, particularly to soothe colds. They’re so delicious though you shouldn’t save them for when you’re sick! On a cold, dark night, why not snuggle up cosy and warm with this comforting cocktail.

Gin Hot Toddy


  • 40 ml gin (We  recommend a gin with a strong  citrus flavour to mesh with the lemon juice. Leeds Gin is a great choice.)
  • 20 ml fresh lemon juice (approx. juice of 1 lemon)
  • 50ml hot water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Cinnamon stick


This could not be any easier…

Add all the ingredients (bar the cinnamon stick) into a glass.

Stir it well (you can use the cinnamon stick for this).

Add the cinnamon stick for garnish.

We served ours in a teapot – just to be a little different.  If you’re using a glass, make sure the water isn’t boiling as not to crack the glass and result in a cut finger…we’re all about the Health & Safety here!!

There’s lots of little tweaks you can do with this recipe as well – you can try a simple syrup* rather than sugar or a drop of honey would also be a treat.  

*to make a simple syrup, add 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan and gently heat until the sugar dissolves. Easy!


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