Soothing Hot Toddy – The Ultimate Cough Cure

Beat the blurgghhh with this pick me up drink recipe

A few weeks ago, the littles were poorly. Nothing major luckily, just the monthly cough and cold and that always seems to follow licking all the toys at Nursery. With lots of cuddles and movie days on the sofa, Little Mister and Little Lady bounced back quickly. However, they shared their ailment with me (Daddy somehow missed the worst of it after having the flu jab).

The cough was the worst; I must have bought half of Boots Pharmacy back with me to try and contain it. Coughing constantly caused me the worst sore throat, leaving me with a sexy husky blues voice (every cloud) for my birthday celebrations. Eventually, I turned to the internet for advice, and honey seemed to be the go-to cure all for tickly coughs. Although successful, there is only so much honey from the jar one can consume before going a little crazy, so I started looking toward other healing concoctions.

What’s a hot toddy?

Traditionally, a hot toddy is made from honey, lemon, whisky and a splash of hot water to bring everything together. The lemon and honey work wonders for an irritating cough, and the whisky helps too somehow (maybe you just care a little less about the cough after consumption?). With a bit of creativity, I created my own ultimate hot toddy recipe with ingredients I already had in the house. This saw the cough off each evening for a good few hours and is a super tasty winter warmer. If you are not drinking, omitting the rum from the below recipe still creates a fantastically scrumptious warming drink.

Ultimate Hot Toddy Rum
All the bits you’ll need, minus the kettle

Ultimate Hot Toddy Recipe

Beat the plague and kick that cough in the ass with this ultimate hot toddy recipe

Course Drinks
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Charlotte Cook


  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 TBsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 25 ml ginger cordial
  • 25 ml Rum (optional)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water


  1. Pop the honey, lemon juice, sugar, ginger cordial and rum in a mug
  2. Top the cup up with hot water, and stir until combined
  3. Add in the cinnamon stick, and enjoy being soothed by this warmer

Recipe Notes

This beverage is equally delicious without the addition of rum. Alternatively, the rum can be substituted for whiskey.

Share the love:

6 thoughts on “Soothing Hot Toddy – The Ultimate Cough Cure

  1. Minus the alcohol, I have a hot lemon and honey every day through the winter colds season – and I swear it keeps the nasties at bay. For best results use fresh lemon and local organic (non-heat treated honey) and make sure the water isn’t boiling when you add it. It’s a lifesaver x

  2. Sounds like a great alternative to buying half of boots!! I usually do t honey and lemon thing and it doesn’t really do much, will try this next time a dreaded cough bug enters the house!xz

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.