The hot toddy is but a humble, yet efficient cocktail. The drink originally made with three ingredients -- a spirit, most often whiskey, a sweetener, and boiling water -- has been the go-to boozy antidote for cold and flu season since the mid-eighteenth century. It might be why, too often, this winter warmer tastes a bit too medicinal, almost as if someone’s added scalding water to a bottle of Robitussin and garnished it with a lemon slice. But this intoxicating cure for whatever ails you can actually taste good.
Some of the five best hot toddies in NYC stay true to the original by keeping things simple, refined, and most importantly, not tasting like antibiotics. Others give this no-frills staple a makeover, updating the liquor, citrus, or spices to make the centuries-old official cocktail of winter a little more modern. These hot toddies make it easier for the medicine to go down, offering a pick me up that brings the color back to your cheeks and some much needed joy to your palate. Now, all you need is a fireplace to drink them by.