Recipe: Southern Hot Toddy

Maw Stoots’ Hot Toddy
Maw Stoots had this in her recipe box, but she couldn’t remember where she got it from. She said it might have come from her sister Pearl. Or it could have come from her mom Martha, which would put this recipe around the late 1800s.

Maw said they used to drink it when it snowed to keep from getting a chill and catching a cold. But she thought they drank it just to stay warm on those cold winter days.

Which ever works for you, it’s just what you need to run away a cold, or knock out a chill.

Preparation time: 5 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • A dab of butter – 1/4 teaspoon will do
  • Add a jigger of rum – 1 1/2 ounces
  • 3 oz of spring water
  • 1 slice of fresh lemon
  • Optional: Sprinkle of ground cloves


  • Pour the rum into a large warmed up mug.
    You can warm the mug by bathing it in hot water under the tap. Dry it off and set it on or near the stove.
  • In a medium sauce pan, bring the water to a slight boil.
  • Reduce heat and add the butter.
  • Once melted and mixed, add the brown sugar and cloves.
  • Add the rum and stir.
  • Pour the butter mix into the rum mug.
  • Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Serve hot and enjoy, preferably while you’re under a nice warm blanket!
You might also like GrandMa Great’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy.


  • You can use margarine instead of butter.
  • You can add 2 oz of water with 1 oz of orange, lemon or lime juice.
  • Or use 3 oz of water with 1 tspn of fresh orange, lemon or lime juice extract.
    (orange works best with the cinnamon stick).

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