Ginger Lime Hot Toddy


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Fresh ginger and lime give this Ginger Lime Hot Toddy a tart and tangy kick. Serve it warm. 

hot toddy in a clear glass with a lime slice on the rim

I started dreaming up this hot toddy recipe during last year’s Thai Food Month when temperatures here in Kansas City dropped into the single digits and stayed there for an entire week. All I could think about was all the spicy curries with a cozy hot cocktail served on the side. This year, we’re making it a reality and family cocktail-maker Frank nailed this gingery drink recipe down.

Whether you’re making today’s dish or eating / cooking other Thai recipes, I’d love to see them! Tag me on social @inquiringchef and use #thaifoodmonth. For more Thai-inspired ideas, check out all of my Thai Recipes.

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What is a Hot Toddy?

If you’re looking for a cozy cocktail to serve warm this winter, a hot toddy is a great choice. Often considered the drink to sip if you’re coming down with a cold or just feeling chilled, the drink features whiskey, hot water, and honey. Many variations add herbs, spices, and / or a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Special Ingredient Notes

  • Lime Peel – To give the drink tart lime flavor, use a peeler to peel off a strip of zest from a small lime. Don’t worry too much about the length of the peel, but feel free to add more or less depending on how much lime flavor you want.
  • Fresh Ginger – When I imagined this drink, I wanted a lot of ginger flavor. This drink is not short on ginger and the best way to give it a lot of ginger flavor was by grating the ginger right in. Grated ginger makes the cocktail fairly cloudy and then sinks to the bottom of the glass. If you prefer to have the ginger more evenly distributed, use store-bought pressed ginger juice, but we liked the fresh ginger flavor best.
  • Lime Leaf – These are labeled lime leaf, Thai lime leaf, or makrut lime leaf. They are the tough, stiff leaf of a makrut lime tree. Totally fine to skip them but they give the dish a unique Thai flavor and make for a beautiful garnish.

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Ginger Lime Hot Toddy

Fresh ginger and lime give this cozy cocktail a tart and tangy kick. Serve it warm.
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 11 minutes
Servings: 1


  • Muddler
  • Cocktail Glass


  • 1 4 inch strip Lime Peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Boiling Water
  • 1 1/2 ounces Whiskey
  • Slice of Lime and / or Lime Leaf, for garnish (optional)


  • In the bottom of a cocktail glass, muddle the lime peel, ginger, and brown sugar until fragrant.
  • Pour boiling water and whisky over aromatics. Add a lime leaf, if using. Let sit for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  • Serve warm.



If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the back of a spoon or the handle of a wooden spoon to mash / blend everything together to release the flavors. 


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00
Calories: 123
Keyword: cocktail, winter recipe
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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