Recipes to celebrate National Hot Toddy Day

Winter has officially hit but before you bundle up and call it a night, try whipping up a deliciously warm hot toddy cocktail to keep the cold weather blues at bay. With a particularly nasty flu season gearing up, National Hot Toddy Day could not have come at a better time. If you find yourself with a bad case of the sniffles or have other cold and flu  symptoms, a few sips of one of  these brews may be just what you need to warm up and feel better--at least temporarily.     

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    Rye Ginger Toddy

    This spicy twist on a traditional hot toddy uses Darjeeling tea and a captivating rosemary simple syrup. Created by mixologist Angel Cervantez at Capella in Washington, D.C., this is a mouthwatering cocktail for those who take their drinks seriously. Recipe: Rye Ginger Toddy
    Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown
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    & Everything Nice

    This drink from Duane Sylvestre, head bartender at Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C., requires a few simple steps to make ahead of time, but it's worth it for the depth it gives the toddy. Recipe: & Everything Nice.
    Bourbon Steak
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    Not-So Toddy

    Why should whiskey lovers have all the hot toddy fun? Prepare to get nice and cozy on Sunday with this unique libation that incorporates vodka as a substitute. (Recipe: Not-So Toddy)
    Svedka
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    Brandy Toddy

    Brandy is a warming draught to begin with, so adding oolong tea, vanilla, lavender and citrus to spice up this drink creates one great, cold soothing cocktail.  Recipe: Brandy Toddy
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    Gin Toddy

    This drink proves the gin isn't just for summertime. Use a London Dry Gin, like Bulldog, and remember as you sip that this variation has a higher concentration of alcohol than a traditional Toddy. Recipe: Gin Toddy
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    Traditional Hot Toddy

    The classic Hot Toddy contains whiskey, honey, hot water, lemon and cinnamon, and is one way to warm up before bed.  Recipe:  Traditional Hot Toddy
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    The Yuzu Toddy

    This take on the Toddy uses yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit. It was created by Derek Alexander (shown here with his drink), the head bartender at Chicago's Longman and Eagle, and is sure to warm you up even if you have been exposed to the icy winds blowing off Lake Michigan. You can find yuzu rind and juice online. Recipe: The Yuzu Toddy  
    Longman and Eagle
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    Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider

    Ok, so this one isn't a toddy, but it will still keep you toasty during flu season. Plus, Apples Away Sneaky Pete juice is full of fiber. Recipe: Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider
    Sneaky Pete's Apple Cider
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    Golden Toddy

    Need an excuse to cozy up on the couch this Sunday during National Hot Toddy Day? Keep the chill of winter at bay with this soothing whiskey cocktail, infused with delicious maple syrup and cinnamon. Recipe: Golden Toddy
    Black Velvet Whiskey
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    Milagro Tequila Hot Toddy

    Just in time for National Hot Toddy Day, the Milagro Hot Toddy packs the heat with spices such as cinnamon and clove, and adds some sweetness with a bit of agave nectar, a perfect balance of flavor. Tequila lovers rejoice-- you can enjoy the perfect drink to knock of that winter chill. Recipe: Milagro Tequila Toddy
    Milagro
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