Bad news: It’s a cold Monday in January. Good news: It’s National Hot Toddy Day!

F&W Editors
January 11, 2016

There's no better drink for frigid winter than a hot toddy. A soul-warming cocktail made with liquor, hot water, honey, tea and spices, it’s the ideal warm cocktail for a chilly evening. Here, our coziest, most delicious takes on the classic, easy-to-make, curative hot toddy.

1. Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/apple-brandy-hot-toddies

A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any potent spirit added to a cup of hot water. At Paley's Place in Portland, Oregon, bartender Suzanne Bozarth puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados. It's warming and tastes just like fall.

Rob Howard

Bartender Suzanne Bozarth puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados.

2. Tante’s Medicine http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/tantes-medicine-cocktails-2008

Whether you want to accept it or not, cold season is upon us. Luckily, we have a cocktail to help with that. At the time she was preparing her bar menu, mixologist Molly Finnegan felt under the weather and uninspired. After a 2 a.m. brainstorming session, this sensational hot toddy improved both her cold and her drink list.

Wendell T. Webber

At the time she was preparing her bar menu, mixologist Molly Finnegan felt under the weather and uninspired. After a 2 a.m. brainstorming session, this sensational hot toddy made with herbaceous B&B liqueur improved both her cold and her drink list.

3. The Smartest Boy Alive http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/smartest-boy-alive-mocktail

© Lucas Allen

This virgin take on a hot toddy gets depth of flavor from black tea and delicious complexity from Fentimans dandelion and burdock root soda.

4. Medford Warmer http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/medford-warmer-cocktails-2013

Rum, apple juice and crème de cacao come together in this extra-rich cocktail.

5. Ringo Star http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ringo-star-cocktails-2005

The name of this unusual sake-and-cider toddy refers to the Japanese word for "apple," ringo.