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Hot Gin Cocktail To Get You Through Winter

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Last Updated on June 11, 2023 by Leah Hall

 This warm and inviting winter cocktail is easy to make! This hot gin toddy is just 4 ingredients!


If you haven’t enjoyed the warm, soothing taste of a hot gin toddy, you are in for a wonderful experience! This is a warm drink that you will be craving all winter, particularly on really cold and snowy nights.


Winter is about wrapping up and delicious hot drinks in front of the fire!

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Typically, a hot toddy is thought of as a winter drink using the dark liquors like rum, whiskey, and even brandy, but gin is a fantastic option, we promise. It is perfect for sitting by the fire or as an after dinner sipper and makes a beautiful cocktail in a snifter, tea cup or wine glass (heat resistant, please). You know what is not romantic? Exploding glassware!

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The really lovely part of a hot gin toddy is how the botanicals of a great gin open up when made warm. Plus, this toddy is so easy to mix up in just a matter of minutes, and smells amazing when put together!


We think sometimes the simple things are the best, and this easy hot gin toddy is a real winner. There’s nothing better than a hot cocktail after a long cold winter walk.

Hot Gin Toddy

If you are unfamiliar with a hot toddy, it can be kind of like making tea with an extra kick. It can also be the kick that cures a cold. Or so I have heard tell.


The ingredients needed to make a basic hot toddy usually include whisky or brandy, honey, lemon, and hot water.

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In this we also have 4 basic ingredients. Gin, clementine or orange juice, strongly brewed black tea and spiced simple syrup.


It has great fall and winter baking spices in the simple syrup, the tea is strong and rich, and the citrus blends so well with the gin. We used a dry Japanese Gin in this because of the great botanicals and flavors. If you cannot get a great Japanese gin like 135 or Roku, then Tanqueray or Hendrick’s can fill in, in a pinch.

Hot Gin Toddy in tea cup with orange zest

Let’s forget Dry January, because it’s pretty obvious that the only way to keep warm in this chilly weather, and after the dumpster fire of 2020, it will take a combination of hot beverages, gin, and snuggling up under a blanket!



Hot Gin Toddy in tea cup with orange zest


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Yield: 1

Hot Gin Toddy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Hot Gin Toddy gets all the flavors right and is the perfect way to warm up on chilly winter evenings!



  1. When ready to have a hot gin, combine all ingredients into a heat proof mug or glass.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with orange slice or whole spices if desired.
  4. Cheers!


Strongly brewed tea for us was 3 bags of black tea in 2 cups of water.

Use a Japanese gin like we did, or one with strong botanicals like Hendricks.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: .1gSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: .1gSugar: 2.4gProtein: .2g

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