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Texas Hot Tea Toddy

Like any good southern girl, I’ve had my share of hot toddys.  A hot toddy is one of the original ‘cures’ for sore throats, coughs, and colds in the south; every Granny, including my own, had their particular recipe usually involving hot water, whisky, lemon, and honey in a mason jar, or coffee mug.


I have fond memories of hot, strong, soothing hot toddy’s helping to easy my sore throats and coughs, and my Granny’s cool hand on my forehead followed by a kiss; so when Maker’s Mark sent me a basket of goodies featuring their signature red dipped bottle, some adorable little cups, and some yummy Harney and Sons Teas to play around with and make my own twist on a hot tea toddy, I couldn’t wait to get started!

Maker's Mark Hot Toddy ingredients

The first thing I did was make a traditional hot toddy, with a tea twist using the winter white earl grey tea, 2 oz Maker’s Mark Whisky, a dash of lemon, and a squeeze of honey… YUM. 

It was so good, and it reminded me of cozy nights on the couch, family, and comfort.

traditional whisky hot toddy

I love a spicy twist on all things, so it’s no surprise that I immediately turned towards jalapeños for my Texas Hot-Tea Toddy twist. (hot-tea… hotty toddy)  get it?

texas hot toddy ready to steep with harney and sons tea


I steeped the White Christmas tea bag in boiling water with a couple jalapeño slices that I’d muddled a little to release the juices, for 5 minutes, added 2 oz Maker’s Mark, and a drizzle of honey

ZING! oh my!  It reminded me of the hot toddy’s of my past, only kicked up a notch!

texas jalapeno hot-tea toddy with maker's mark


So fun, y’all!  If you’ve never made a hot toddy with tea and a twist, I can’t recommend it enough!  It’s so delicious, and so fun.  

Texas Hot Tea Toddy

A traditional hot toddy turned on its head with the addition of tea and jalapeños, a delicious and kicked up way to soothe a sore throat and warm the body
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins


  • 2 ounces Maker's Mark Whisky
  • 1 White Christmas Tea Bag
  • 4 jalapeño slices
  • hot water to fill
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey


  • Muddle 2 jalapeño slices in the bottom of your cup
  • Add the tea bag and pour hot water to steep, leaving room for 2 ounces of whisky, steep for 5 minutes and remove tea bag
  • Pour honey over this, and then add the whisky
  • Stir lightly, garnish with jalapeño slices for flair
Servings: 1 hot tea toddy
Author: Rachel - A Southern Fairytale


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