Ginger Wine Hot Toddy

Ginger Wine Hot Toddy: Cocktail of the Month, January

As the chill of January takes hold, there’s no better way to find solace from the cold than with a steaming mug of Ginger Wine Hot Toddy. This delightful concoction is a twist on the traditional hot toddy, a drink long cherished for its warming and soothing qualities.

In our recipe, the zesty spice of ginger wine melds with the classic hot toddy ingredients to create a beverage that’s not just a treat for the taste buds but a hug for the soul. Using the Interplay cocktail shaker and its accessories, we’ll guide you through crafting this comforting winter beverage.

History and Background of the Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy, a beverage steeped in history, is believed to have originated in Scotland as a means to make the raw Scotch whiskeys of the 18th century more palatable. Traditionally, it combines whiskey, hot water, honey, and lemon. Over time, this soothing drink has evolved, with various cultures adding their own twist.

The introduction of ginger wine into this classic recipe offers a modern and aromatic variation, providing an additional layer of warmth and complexity.

Ingredients Overview for the Ginger Wine Hot Toddy

Creating the perfect Ginger Wine Hot Toddy requires a harmony of flavors from carefully chosen ingredients:

1. Ginger Wine

The star ingredient, ginger wine, brings a fiery and sweet flavor, adding both warmth and depth to the toddy.

2. Whiskey

A good quality whiskey forms the robust base of the drink, contributing rich, woody notes.

3. Honey

Natural honey adds sweetness while also offering soothing properties, ideal for cold evenings.

4. Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice provides a citrusy tang, balancing the sweetness of honey and ginger wine.

5. Hot Water

Helps to meld all the flavors together while ensuring the drink is pleasantly warm.

6. Additional Spices (Optional)

Spices like cinnamon or cloves can be added for extra warmth and aroma.

Each ingredient in the Ginger Wine Hot Toddy plays a crucial role, coming together to create a symphony of flavors that define this comforting winter drink.

Main Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Calorie Count: Approximately 150-200 calories per serving (this may vary based on the whiskey and ginger wine brands used)


  • 50 ml (about 2 parts) ginger wine
  • 25 ml (about 1 part) whiskey
  • 15 ml (about 1/2 part) fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 150 ml (about 6 parts) hot water
  • Optional spices: a cinnamon stick or a few cloves

Note: For precision in measurement, a reliable measuring tool like the one in Interplay cocktail set’s works.


  1. Combine Ingredients: In a heat-resistant glass or mug, combine the ginger wine, whiskey, and lemon juice.
  2. Add Honey: Stir in the honey, adjusting the amount to suit your sweetness preference.
  3. Pour Hot Water: Add the hot water to the mixture, stirring gently to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Stir and Infuse: If using spices like cinnamon or cloves, add them now and stir gently. Allow the drink to infuse for a minute.

Garnishing Options

  • Lemon Twist: Garnish with a twist of lemon for an added zesty aroma.
  • Cinnamon Stick: A cinnamon stick not only adds flavor but also serves as a stirring stick.
  • Star Anise: For a visually appealing and aromatic touch, float a star anise on top.

Enjoying Your Ginger Wine Hot Toddy

The Ginger Wine Hot Toddy is a perfect blend of warmth, spice, and comfort, ideal for the cold days of January. This recipe brings together the rich flavors of ginger wine and whiskey, balanced by the sweetness of honey and the tartness of lemon, creating a drink that is as delightful to sip as it is easy to make.

With the help of your Interplay stainless steel cocktail set, you can easily measure and mix this soothing winter cocktail, making it an excellent choice for a cozy night in or as a warming treat for your guests.

So, wrap up in your favorite blanket, pour yourself a Ginger Wine Hot Toddy, and savor the warmth and flavors of this winter beverage.

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