Beta Mummy’s Hot Toddy Recipe

It’s been a while, but due to popular demand (“popular”, “demand”) I’m back for Beta Mummy…COOKS! with my recipe for Hot Toddy.

I use the word “recipe” in the loosest terms.  But I mean, I am heating something (water), and there is food involved (lemon, honey), so that is cooking, right?


When suffering from a stinking cold (think Man Flu), I find that off-the-shelf remedies are next to useless. So if I want something that genuinely will make me feel better (and if I have several of them, I’ll be at least past caring), I make myself a tried and tested hot toddy.

This is my hot toddy recipe. I’ve no idea if this is an authentic recipe, or indeed if there is such a thing as an authentic hot toddy. But this is my version and I like it. Here goes:


1. Stick the kettle on whilst huffing and puffing about how crap you feel and how if you had a nice husband who actually gave a damn he’d be doing this for you.
2. Whilst you wait for the water to boil, put a chunk of lemon in your favourite mug, or if you’re really posh like me (innit), one of those nice glass latte cups.
3. Add a shot of whisky (Scotch, not Bourbon). You can use any old Scotch, it doesn’t HAVE to be your husband’s prized 21 year old Lagavulin…
4. Make it a double if you’re feeling doubly crap – needs must.
5. Pour the hot water over the top.
6. Stir in a teaspoon of honey and if you’re SUPER posh, add a cinnamon stick.
7. Sip away to your heart’s content, groaning softly every so often, to make sure those around you know you are properly poorly.
8. Repeat as required.

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  • Mummy Muckups (Anna) 04/10/2016 at 5:59 am

    I have never in my life, had a hot toddy. It sounds bloody fabulous and I think next time I’m snotty I’ll hit it with a double! #chucklemums

  • Fran Back With a Bump 04/10/2016 at 7:44 am

    That’s got to beat lemsip! #chucklemums

  • James Hopes 04/10/2016 at 7:49 am

    Sounds like a splendid idea and so beautifully explained too! When’s the book coming out? #chucklemums

  • Tammymum 04/10/2016 at 10:19 am

    Haha this actually sounds rather nice man flu or no man flu! With winter looming I’m thinking it would be pretty essential to have one of these warmers, right? #chucklemums

  • Lisa Pomerantz 04/10/2016 at 10:37 am

    I’ve bookmarked under recipes. And yes, I belive in cereal and liquid of some sort, be it cow milk or almond, has mixing and therefore is cooking! #Chucklemums feel better! xoxo

  • ShinnersandtheBrood 04/10/2016 at 10:59 am

    Ooooh I am liking the sound of this. What time is a reasonable time to drink whiskey? I assume normal rules don’t apply when it’s medicinal? #chucklemums

  • Rhyming with Wine 04/10/2016 at 11:16 am

    Sounds like a treat! Definitely aided by the groaning while you drink it just to alert the rest of the “selfish” universe that you are ill! There should be a cook book! Thanks for hosting #chucklemums

  • Stacey Oakes 04/10/2016 at 11:24 am

    Can I follow this with a Whisky chaser?

  • A New Essex Girl 04/10/2016 at 12:59 pm

    I am left wanting confirmation if you are latte glasses posh or latte glasses and cinnamon stick posh! Great read. #chucklemums

    • Beta Mummy 04/10/2016 at 1:25 pm

      Ha ha I have the latte glass (even though I don’t drink coffee), but no cinnamon stick 😉

  • Sophie- My Mumblings 04/10/2016 at 3:17 pm

    My mum serves everything in those latte cups so I reckon she’s proper well posh innit. ? With cold season revving up this is no doubt going to be very useful. #chucklemums Xx

  • Kristin McCarthy 04/10/2016 at 3:38 pm

    hmmmmm- think I feel a cold coming on! 😉

  • Twin Pickle 04/10/2016 at 5:35 pm

    Bahaha… Heston Blumenthal watch your back, beta mummy’s coming 😉 #chucklemums

  • Squirmy Popple 04/10/2016 at 7:20 pm

    Ha! I love me a good hot toddy – and will all the germs that the Popple brings home from nursery, I’m sure I’ll get a lot of opportunities to have them this winter. #chucklemums

  • Turning Up In Devon 04/10/2016 at 8:15 pm

    Now I know where I’ve been going wrong, I’ve been doing the hot lemon and honey drill but without the alcoholic joy. I’m all set now…does cooking sherry work too? #chucklemums

    • Beta Mummy 04/10/2016 at 9:15 pm

      Ugh! ….maybe?!

  • Mouse, Moo and Me Too 04/10/2016 at 8:25 pm

    Lagavulin – the world’s most luxurious decongestant! #chucklemums

  • Fizzyjazzle 04/10/2016 at 8:39 pm

    Can we have a mulled wine medicinal purposes recipe and method?! As a cure for…the terrible twos?! #chucklemums

  • Baby Anon 04/10/2016 at 9:08 pm

    This sounds perfect. I almost want to get poorly to try it…;) #chucklemums

  • Right Royal Mother 04/10/2016 at 10:00 pm

    That is exactly how I make them and indeed I had one last night. Minus the cinnamon stick. Bloody gorgeous 🙂 #chucklemums

  • Left Back 04/10/2016 at 10:02 pm

    I think i’ll try this next time i’m sick.

  • Twicemicrowaved tea 04/10/2016 at 10:53 pm

    Haha, this is my kind of cooking. Maybe I’ll buy in some cinnamon sticks for effect and I’ll feel almost like Nigella! #chucklemums

  • Laura Edwards 05/10/2016 at 9:35 am

    Ha sounds fab… I always put a shot of whisky in a lemsip with a dollop of honey. Terrible I know (paracetamol and alcohol) but my God that shit works xx #chucklemums

  • Single Mum Speaks 05/10/2016 at 9:26 pm

    At some point in my extensive drinking career I must have had a hot toddy. However, I cannot remember it, and therefore conclude that it’s high time I had another. Love this recipe! More recipes from Beta Mummy please! #chucklemums

  • Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine 05/10/2016 at 9:37 pm

    Will you be coming up with a recipe book any time soon? x #chucklemums

    • Beta Mummy 05/10/2016 at 9:41 pm

      …I thought people might get bored after a while! 😉

  • Bridie By The Sea 09/10/2016 at 6:35 pm

    I need this right now, as I have acquired that classic weekend stinking cold that will probably be gone by tomorrow because of course it’s only here to ruin my only free time! Thanks for hosting #chucklemums


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