How to Make A Hot Tottie

By Zora Hughes

Being sick is never fun, and neither is taking a slew of medications that make your head spin. Sometimes a simple hot tea drink with honey is all you need to relieve your cold or flu symptoms. Aside from tea, try a hot tottie, which combines boiling hot water, honey, spices and lemon with alcohol. This classic drink, historically used as a cold and flu remedy, is not a miracle; it will warm your body up and soothe your throat. Also, the alcohol will help you sleep, which is the most important factor for a speedy recovery.


Step 1

Pour boiling water into a coffee mug to warm, then pour out the water.

Step 2

Place the whole cloves, cinnamon stick and honey into the mug.

Step 3

Add the boiling water to the mug and stir with the cinnamon stick until the honey fully dissolves.

Step 4

Add the bourbon, rum, brandy or whisky. Bourbon is the most commonly-used liquor for hot totties, however.

Step 5

Squeeze lemon juice from a wedge into the drink and drop the wedge into the mug.