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A hot toddy, also hot totty and hot tottie as well as hot whiskey in Ireland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot. Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet or cold weather. 
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National Hot Toddy Day
Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu — in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as "the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb" — but the American Lung Association recommends avoiding treating the common cold with alcoholic beverages as they cause dehydration.
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Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
Why the month of January and why the 11th day??  That's the question...
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day as all food and drink holidays are.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a Drink Holiday that is publicized to celebrate.

We found  recognition from...
calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. We also found reference to this day on Christmas websites and New Years websites because this drink seems to be a common drink not only as a winter drink for the winter season but for major holidays as well. So enjoy the day and have a toast to the seasons.
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Definition of a Hot Toddy
Wikipedia encyclopedia tells us that "Hot toddy is a name given to a mixed drink that is served hot, believed to have originated in the 18th century to make the taste of scotch more palatable to women."  "Although there are many variations, essential ingredients are:

  • a hot beverage which may be tea, coffee, cocoa, water, apple cider, etc.
  • an alcoholic spirit such as brandy, rum, or whiskey.
  • usually a sweetener, such as honey, sugar or syrup.

Other ingredients that are often added:
  • spices, usually "brown" spices such as cinnamon or cloves.
  • citrus, such as lemon or orange. Lemonade can be used instead of hot water and citrus; this is a modern variant.
  • A little butter.

"Hot toddies (such as mulled cider) are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet and cold weather." "They were believed to help cure the cold and flu, but the American Lung Association now recommends avoiding treating the common cold with alcoholic beverages as they cause dehydration."
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Recipe Example
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 glass tea
  • 2 shots brandy
  • 1 slice lemon

   1. Brew tea and fill a tall glass 3/4 full.
   2. Mix in honey. Mix in brandy shots.
   3. Add lemon slice and enjoy.

Toddy Recipe Types
Coffee Toddies / Hot Rum Toddy / Apple Cider Toddy / Cinnamon Toddy
Hot Toddy for Colds / Tea Toddy / Cold Toddy /
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If you are new to this holiday; then maybe you would like to find more information about toddys. We found that Amazon.com is a popular Internet Site for finding books and supplies.

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How can I Celebrate this holiday?
  • Invite someone special over for a late hot toddy. After all it's traditional in many places to drink it right before you go to bed.
  • Host a hot toddy party on a rainy night or when there's a chill in the air, or when the gang just needs to do some social chillin' - the relaxation way.
  • Every Holiday deserves a party! - Get ready for your next party by shopping for the lastest supplies to make your holday a real hit. We found a place that sales products for children and adult parties both.



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Product Description: When the weather outside is frightful, what could be more delightful than a hot toddy? From the scent of nutmeg-laced hot buttered rum to the fizz of a poinsettia cocktail, there’s nothing like a classic winter drink to bring true festivity to the season. From spiced cider to champagne punch, Hot Toddies is the perfect little collection of winter refreshments, with fail-safe recipes that will make any holiday party shine.
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National Hot Toddy Day is celebrated annually on January 11th in the United States.
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Above we learned about National Hot Toddy Day but did you know that January has many more holidays and observances just waiting for you to celebrate? Yep! Just follow our links to learn all about them.
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