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Classic Hot Toddy made with Cognac

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Last Updated on June 11, 2023 by Leah Hall

 A warm cognac cocktail recipe with this toddy is a great way to warm up this winter (or fall)! Also great to serve for a crowd, or while entertaining outside!


A great hot drink is always on the menu for us during cold days, especially after all the snowy hikes we have taken this winter. A classic toddy is a great choice for those days, and we went with a cognac version for this one!

Cocktail in glass mug with handle in the snow

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What is a Hot Toddy?

Hot Toddies are a warm cocktail usually made by combining honey, lemon, and a spirit like cognac, whiskey, or brandy with hot water. We think they are the perfect warm drink to enjoy on a winter night or cool fall day.  We have also found them beneficial if you have a cold, as it makes your throat feel better, and maybe helps body aches, too!


What we have seen in making hot toddies is the importance of using a quality spirit. This would be one you are happy sipping on its own. It’s like the advice of cooking with a wine you would want to drink, this same advice goes for the quality of liquor you use for toddies.

Cognac toddy in glass mug with handle, honey and juice being poured into it

This is because you aren’t really changing the flavor of the alcohol, but just diluting it with water. You do sweeten it with honey (or maple syrup is good too), and adding a bit of citrus for tartness. It’s close to drinking the spirit by itself, so remember that when picking a bottle!

Hot water being poured into glass mug with handle in the snow

What Liquor Should You Choose for a Hot Toddy?

Like we said above, the most common spirit choices for hot toddies are

  • Whiskey/Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Cognac

But, we have even done gin or tequila as well. Really any spirit is a great choice with the right ingredients.

Hot water being poured into glass mug with handle in the snow

Tempering the Mug Before Pouring Your Hot Cocktail

Especially in the winter warming up the mug you are using will not only keep your toddy warmer a bit longer, it will warm your hands as well.


Tempering is as simple as pouring some hot water in the mug a few minutes before you are having your toddy. Just boil some extra water before prepping your hot toddy ingredients and pour it in your mug. You can even just put the mug in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, too!

Cocktail in glass mug with handle in the snow

Another option is to fill your mug with hot water from the sink. These methods can also be used with a thermos. It will just stay a bit warmer a bit longer, and if you are headed out the door on a cold day for a walk or a fun winter entertaining party, this is the perfect way to keep your cognac drinks warmer longer!


Make our Cognac French 75, too!

Lemon peel being placed into cognac toddy in glass mug in the snow



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Yield: 1

Classic Hot Toddy with Cognac

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

A Cognac cocktail recipe perfect for chilly days or cold winter nights!


  • 2 ounces cognac
  • .50 ounce Benedictine liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • .75 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2-3 ounces hot water to fill the mug (Plus more for heating glass)
  • lemon twist


  1. Heat water to boiling. and pour into mug while measuring ingredients for the toddy.
  2. Pour out hot water in mug, pour in cognac, Benedictine, honey and lemon juice.
  3. Give a stir to make sure honey is dissolved.
  4. Top with 2-3 oz hot water.
  5. Garnish and drop in lemon twist.
  6. Cheers!


Prime your mug with hot water before pouring in your cocktail ingredients. This keeps your toddy warmer longer!

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: .1gSugar: 23gProtein: .1g

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