How to Make a Gin Hot Toddy

Hot toddy season is officially official. I’m currently in NYC with 20-degree temperatures and sipping a warm drink like a gin hot toddy with soothing cinnamon while watching Harry Potter sounds pretty good to me right about now.

If you’re unfamiliar, a hot toddy is an alcoholic drink of water and liquor, served hot. They’re perfect for cold winter months, and an old-school remedy to knock out cold symptoms of the season. Think of it as hot tea, with a bit of a kick and a touch of fragrant spices and a hint of citrus.

A traditional hot toddy includes whiskey or brandy, a sweetener like simple syrup, lemon juice, and hot water.

This simple gin cocktail has all the elements of a classic hot toddy, with orange juice instead of lemon and honey instead of simply syrup. And I promise, it’s just as perfect for a nightcap after a freezing cold day as the OG version.

How to Make a Gin Hot Toddy, Winter Cocktail Recipe | Charmed by Camille
How to Make a Gin Hot Toddy, Winter Cocktail Recipe | Charmed by Camille
How to Make a Gin Hot Toddy, Winter Cocktail Recipe | Charmed by Camille

How to Make Gin Hot Toddy


  • Honey
  • Hot water
  • Oranges
  • Dry gin (I used AMASS gin, find it locally here)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anise


A hot toddy is super simple to make. Simply boil hot water like you would for tea, then mix in the other ingredients.

Step 1

Pour your honey into a tall, heat resistant glass. I prefer to use honey over simple syrup because the flavor is a bit more robust, and it tastes nice with the complementing orange juice.

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Step 2

Juice your orange, then add the juice to the glass. Please don’t use bottled OJ for this; there are so many added sugars to pre-made orange juice, and it’ll make this gin toddy way too sweet. Your goal here is to have a harmonious blend of gin, honey, orange, and spice, not be inundated with a sugary taste.

Step 3

Add the gin, and then add the boiling water. Be sure to stir to to combine all of the ingredients.

Step 4

Take an orange wedge, a cinnamon stick, and an anise star, and add to your drink. The hot gin and water will release the spices for a subtle but flavorful addition.

Gin Hot Toddy

Servings: 1 person


  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 oranges (one for 2 tbsp of fresh juice, the other cut into wedges )
  • 1 oz dry gin
  • cinnamon sticks and star anise


  • Bring hot water to a boil, just like if you were making tea.
  • While your water boils, add honey, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice, and gin into a tall heat resistant glass.
  • Add hot water, then stir.
  • Finish with an orange wedge, cinnamon stick, and star anise. Enjoy!

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Hi, I'm Camille! I'm a bi-coastal blogger splitting my time between LA and NYC. I left the corporate world of fashion and beauty to share all of my favorite things on the Internet. When I have nothing to wear my go-to outfit is jeans, a t-shirt, and a leather jacket. My hair is usually a little messy but I love it best like that.

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  1. 1.12.22
    Jessica Camerata said:

    Oooh I love a hot toddy! So warm and cozy for a winter cocktail.

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

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