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Daddy’s Hot Toddy

For as long as I can remember I have had bronchitis every year, it never fails! As I got older the coughing always got worse to the point I was up all night and coughing up blood from where I scratched my throat. My dad had a remedy that worked better than normal medication. First let me start by saying I lived in (and still do) South Alabama, where old home remedies are a go to from rubbing whiskey on a teething baby’s gums to cutting a potato in half and taping it over an arisen to make it go away.

My dad’s go to was an old Irish Hot Toddy… Minus the water and adding a goody powder…. And boy did it work! So let’s start with the Irish Recipe.

Irish Hot Toddy (Original)

– Originally the hot toddy was something that you drank on a cold or rainy day before bed.

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick (otional, for garnish)


  1. In a teapot or saucepan, bring the water to a simmer. Pour the hot water into a mug.
  2. Add the whiskey, 2 teaspoons honey and 2 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water. Taste, and add 1 teaspoon honey for more sweetness, and/or 1 teaspoon more lemon juice for more zing.
  3. Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick (if using). Enjoy!

Daddy’s Hot Toddy

– So here we go. Do Not take with other medicine, you know common sense right. With this you only want to make enough for one single shot.

  • whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice,
  • 1 goody powder


  1. Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and heat until honey and Goody powder has dissolved, let cool until warm
  2. Then say “Over the head and through the gums look out stomach here it comes” and drink

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