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Tea-Infused Hot Toddy: A Classic with a Twist

The Hot Toddy is more than just a cocktail. It's a timeless testament to the art of mixology, a vessel of warmth on a cold winter's night, a soothing balm for the weary soul. With roots stretching back centuries, the Hot Toddy embodies an enchanting blend of culture, history, and the sheer joy of good drink.

At Sip Steeple, we've always been fascinated by the capacity of tea to transform and elevate drinks. Our Tea-Infused Hot Toddy is a manifestation of this fascination. Incorporating our Organic Black Tea, this concoction is a celebration of flavours, each ingredient playing its part in the symphony – the sweetness of honey, the tartness of lemon, the warmth of the spices, and the rich complexity of spiced rum or whisky.

But how did this unique recipe come about? What is the story behind the classic Hot Toddy, and how does our variation fit into this narrative? As we prepare to create this beverage, let's embark on a journey to answer these questions and delve deeper into the enchanting world of the Hot Toddy.

The Rich Heritage of the Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy, believed to have originated in the 18th century, bears the influence of diverse cultures and regions. Some historians suggest that the name 'Hot Toddy' originates from 'taddy', an Indian drink made from fermented palm sap. Others believe it hails from 'Tod's well', a water source in Edinburgh, Scotland. Irrespective of its etymology, the Hot Toddy has a rich heritage, serving as a comforting companion through the ages.

The classic Hot Toddy is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. Typically comprised of a spirit, hot water, lemon, and honey, this cocktail has gained popularity worldwide due to its versatility. Its basic recipe allows for countless variations, and over time, bartenders and mixologists have introduced their unique interpretations, adding spices, herbs, different sweeteners, and a variety of spirits.

A popular variant includes swapping the traditional whisky with brandy, rum, or bourbon. Adding spices like cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg gives the drink a warm and comforting dimension. In some parts of the world, the Hot Toddy is served as a curative cocktail to help alleviate symptoms of the common cold or flu, thanks to the soothing qualities of its ingredients.

Our Twist on a Timeless Classic

With our Tea-Infused Hot Toddy, we at Sip Steeple have set out to pay homage to this rich history, while also leaving our unique mark. Incorporating Organic Black Tea into the classic recipe is more than just an experimental twist. It represents our belief in tea as a versatile, flavourful, and sophisticated ingredient that can elevate the experience of a drink.

Our Organic Black Tea offers a robust and nuanced base that intertwines beautifully with the other ingredients. The honey, the lemon, the spices, and the spirit – all find their place in this symphony, their flavours and aromas dancing together in harmony. The end result? A Hot Toddy that is familiar, yet pleasantly surprising.

By reimagining this classic, we seek to celebrate the spirit of mixology – the art and science of creating harmonious blends that stimulate the senses and stir the soul. Our Tea-Infused Hot Toddy is a testament to the joy of shared warmth and comfort, a token of good health, and a nod to the timeless charm of good old-fashioned hospitality.


  • 1 teaspoon of Sip Steeple Organic Black Tea
  • 250 ml of Boiling Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey
  • 20 ml of Lemon Juice
  • 45 ml of Spiced Rum or Whisky
  • 1 slice of Lemon, for garnish

Special Equipment Required

  • Teapot or Brewing Vessel
  • Strainer
  • Heatproof Glass for Serving


  1. Brew the Black Tea: Start by brewing the Sip Steeple Organic Black Tea in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, and cloves into the brewing vessel to allow the spices to infuse their flavours into the tea. This process ensures the delicate yet robust flavours of the black tea blend seamlessly with the aromatic spices.

  2. Prepare the Toddy Mixture: While the tea is brewing, add the honey and lemon juice to a heatproof glass. The honey lends a delicate sweetness to the concoction, balancing the robust flavours, while the lemon juice adds a refreshing tartness that awakens the palate.

  3. Add the Spirit: Once the tea has been brewed and sufficiently infused with the spices, strain the mixture directly into the heatproof glass containing the honey and lemon juice. Stir well to combine and dissolve the honey. Now, introduce the spiced rum or whisky to the glass. This crucial step gives the Toddy its characteristic warmth and depth of flavour.

  4. Garnish and Serve: Garnish your Hot Toddy with a slice of lemon and an additional cinnamon stick or star anise, if desired. Serving it while it's hot is key, as it allows the comforting warmth and aromatic flavours to be savoured to their fullest.

So, as we raise a glass to this comforting concoction, we also toast to the rich heritage of the Hot Toddy and to the endless possibilities that lie in the art of drink making. Here's to good health, to shared warmth, to the joy of discovery, and to many more such delightful journeys in the world of tea and cocktails. Cheers!

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