Are you ready to tuck into this traditional cocktail recipe?

Just as the season is cooling down even more, it’s time to sip your way through the warmest winter cocktail known, a Hot Toddy.

Partnering with The Whisky Mill – home to one of Australia’s largest, rarest and most expansive whisky community – we’ve simmered our way to finding out how to make the best, the warmest and more importantly the tastiest Hot Toddy.

With access to some of the most rare and sought-after whiskies Australian distilled or internationally found, The Whisky Mill creates a bespoke whisky experience by curating handpicked options delivered from some of the whisky industry’s most distinguished distilleries and its experts. Showcasing some of the finest drops from limited- and special-edition, not easily found to everyday favourites; The Whisky Mill’s collection is seamless and ranges from $146 to more luxurious price tags upwards of $12,000. Casual drinkers to whisky collectors, The Whisky Mill has got a drop for you.

So, to sip into this scrumptious winter warmer saviour, The Whisky Mill has kindly shared the secret behind a Hot Toddy cocktail.

Difficulty: Medium | Servings: 2


90mL Talisker 10 Year Old Whisky
30mL freshly squeezed lemon juice
50mL honey
400mL water
Small knob of grated ginger
Cinnamon stick
Star anise
Whole nutmeg for garnishing


1. Add all ingredients except the Talisker Whisky to a small saucepan on medium-high heat until just boiling, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat.

2. Meanwhile preheat mugs with hot water and then discard water. Next, add 45mL of Talisker Whisky to each.

3. Strain the heated mixture through a tea strainer equally.

4. Finally grate the whole nutmeg in plenty over the top and serve warm.

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