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Grand Rum Toddy Cocktail Recipe

Aug 25, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The “toddy” has been around for centuries, since people in India were using sap from the palm trees. The “hot toddy” is a mixture of liquor, honey, and hot water.

The drink has spread internationally, with different twists on the toddy in different regions of the world. It is one of the few alcoholic drinks in the world that people view as having medicinal value, as it often is used as a cure for the common cold or flu.


  • 1 ½ ounces of rum
  • ¾ ounce of orange liqueur
  • ¼ ounce of lime juice
  • 8 ounces of hot water (or enough hot water for preference)
  • Lime wedge
  • Tea bag (optional)
  • Honey (optional)


  1. Pour liquors and lime juice into mug/ Irish coffee glass.
  2. Either microwave a mug of water for 1 minute for hot water, or boil water for however much hot water you prefer, and pour into the mug.
  3. Keep in mug or pour into Irish coffee glass, whichever you prefer.
  4. Stir with a stirring spoon.


  • Two microwaveable mugs, or a mug and an Irish coffee glass
  • Pot, or microwave
  • Stirring spoon

The “toddy” can incorporate either hot water, or tea, so it depends on the drinker whether they would prefer to use tea or not. Similarly, honey can be added for those who want a sweeter flavor to their toddy. This particular recipe incorporates rum, but it should be noted that many people drink varieties of the hot toddy that also include whiskey or brandy. The only choices in terms of liquor for a toddy are those three: brandy, rum and whiskey. For those who want to add tea to their toddy, black and green teas mix the best in terms of flavor with the liquors. The toddy is usually associated as a warm drink for the colder months, and over 300 years, it has all sorts of variations that include ingredients such as cinnamon, brown sugar, and more. Enjoy your Grand Rum Toddy today!


water, toddy, hot water, irish coffee glass


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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