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Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Hibiscus Hot Toddy

A fellow chef that I used to work with, laughed every time I mentioned Hot Toddies. Until he got sick one day and I offered him a cup. He probably only then realised there’s whiskey in it.

And that despite the name it is a badass drink indeed. I hope he is well wherever he is now. And I hope that he thinks of me every time he has a Hot Toddy.

There’s no scientific evidence that hot toddies are therapeutic, at least no more than an ordinary cup of tea or soup. But they are good for the soul, I can tell you that.

I infused mine with hibiscus, which is packed with antioxidants and above all it makes the drink pink.

Who’s laughing now?


Yields: 2 drinks Preparation Time:10 minutes

11/2 cup water

1 tablespoon Hibiscus tea leaves

1/3 cup whiskey

 4 teaspoons honey

5 teaspoons lemon juice

1 lemon round

1 cinnamon stick (optional, to garnish)


In a teapot or saucepan, bring the water to a simmer. Add the tea and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the tea into a teapot.

Add the whiskey, honey and lemon juice. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Taste, and adjust the honey and lemon juice to your taste.

Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick and serve hot on a cold day.


For more recipes, visit the Food Section of the Chelfdom.

We are obsessed with coffee and our favourite is by Coffee Temple. Check out my FIKA post here. It’s all about hot drinks and bonding with workmates, the scandi way. And since we are on the subject, check out my guide on how to be Scandinavian for a Day.

Until the next one,

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