Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy Recipe
While its origins are a bit fuzzy, there is no disputing the fact that warm alcoholic drinks like the Hot Toddy have been used for centuries to treat all sorts of ailments. And why wouldn’t they? With its steaming lemon-infused water mixed liberally with whiskey (or bourbon) and honey, the Hot Toddy warms your body and coats even the scratchiest of throats, and is the perfect way to comfort yourself as you battle a winter cold.
Of course, we’ve come to learn that it’s the warm water, honey, and citrus doing the heavy lifting, and that the whiskey or bourbon traditionally found in the Hot Toddy is not part of this healing equation. In fact, alcohol will often cause more harm than good when you’re not feeling well, as it dehydrates you of much needed fluids, and puts a damper on your immune system. That’s why if you really want to drink something that’s doctor-approved to knock out that cold or those sniffles, you're best off finding a way to remove the alcohol.
Now, you could always make your Hot Toddy alcohol-free by simply removing the whiskey or bourbon, but you’re going to miss out on the complex, delicious flavors added by the spirit. Instead, we recommend swapping out the alcohol with Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative, a fantastic non-alcohol spirit. Known mostly for their non-alcoholic gin alternative, Ritual got their start several years ago by three friends looking for another way to celebrate socially without it affecting the next day’s adventures. Today, the company offers an alcohol-free gin, alcohol-free tequila, and alcohol-free whiskey, all of which do such a great job replicating the flavors and aromas of the sprits they’re replacing that international spirits conglomerate Diageo purchased a minority stake in the company back in early 2020.
By swapping in Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative, this alcohol-free Hot Toddy recipe boasts the same bold flavors and warming sensations of the original, just without the alcohol. But don’t take our word for it. Read on for the full recipe and give it a try yourself!
Ingredients for Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy Recipe
- 1 oz – Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative Non-Alcoholic Spirit
- 2 oz – Boiling Water
- 2 tsp – Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp – Honey
- Lemon for Garnish
Directions for Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy Recipe
- Fill a glass mug with Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative Non-Alcoholic Spirit and fresh lemon juice
- Add in honey
- Pour boiling water over mixture
- Stir drink until honey has completely dissolved
- Cut a wheel of lemon a top glass for garnish
That’s it! With just a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can create this delicious alcohol-free hot toddy recipe that – thanks to non-alcoholic spirits – truly is just what the doctor ordered.
Give this non-alcoholic hot toddy recipe a try and let us know what you think below. And be sure to tag us on social at @sipyours to show us your finished drink!