Fireball Fridays: Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe


To know me is to know how much I love the cinnamony goodness that is Fireball Whisky. Say what you will about flavored liquors, but Fireball is my beloved exception, the one drink that I will push on people until I have converted even the snobbiest of drinkers into a believer. And during the blustery months of flu season, there is no better vehicle for Fireball than in a Hot Toddy. 

I had my first Hot Toddy at a bar in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It was a tiny, dark steak house with a crotchety but lovable Irish bartender and thus the perfect place for a bunch of broke, aspiring writers to convene every night after class. One night I told Frank the bartender that I wasn't drinking because I had a cold and he waved me off and said he had the perfect thing: a Hot Toddy. Some tea, some honey, some lemon... and most importantly, some whiskey. 

I don't know much about the healing powers of Hot Toddys, but it sure made me feel better that winter night. And ever since then it has been my go to drink for chilly, rainy days (or snowy ones when I'm on the East coast). This past winter I started making them with Fireball and will never make them any other way. So grab a bottle of Fireball, boil some water, and prepare for the yummiest hot cocktail you've ever had. 

  • 2 oz Fireball Whisky
  • 1-2 tsps of honey
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Black tea (Earl Grey works best)
  • 5-6 oz boiling water
1. Boil the water or microwave for 2 minutes until hot.
2. In the empty teacup, add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey, a good squeeze from the lemon half and the tea bag.
3. Add the water and stir. Let the tea bag steep for a bit, then discard and enjoy!