Hot Toddy Recipe (with maple syrup!)

This maple hot toddy is soul-soothing and the perfect hot cocktail to warm you up this winter season.

A cup of mulled cider with cinnamon sticks and star anise.

Let’s face it, we midwestern gals gotta stay warm during the winter, which is why you have to make our maple hot toddy recipe! Typically I like to drink our apple cider hot toddy because it is a bit sweeter, but this maple variation is so soul-soothing and delicious. Trust me when I say this is my new go-to winter drink because it is THAT easy to make.

We first came up with the concept to make a maple hot toddy when my friend Courtney from A Paige of Positivity and I were filming videos together. We had a little bit of maple syrup left in the jar and thought it would be fun to mix up a drink right in the bottle.

What is in this hot hot toddy recipe?

  • Whisky
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Hot water
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Star anis

Best whisky for a hot toddy?

We used Rebel Yell whisky for this recipe, but any high-quality whisky works.

Cinnamon, lemon, star anise and honey on a white background.

Substations for this Recipe

  • Booze: classic hot toddies are made with whisky, but you could use bourbon, too.
  • Sweetener: lots of hot toddies use honey and I’ve made this recipe with honey as well and it’s delicious.
  • Liquid: if you’re feeling fancy, feel free to use hot apple cider or hot apple juice instead of water.

Large Batch Hot Toddy recipe

If you’re looking to make a large batch winter cocktail for you and your friends. Here’s some quick math to serve 8:

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1.5 cups whisky
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 8 lemon wedges
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 8 star anis
A glass with a lemon and star anise in it.

Serving Suggestions

I love drinking these maple hot toddies out of a to-go mug at a fire along with some finger foods such as our Maple Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, or Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip.

A cup of mulled cider with cinnamon and star anise.


  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or more, to taste
  • 3 oz. whisky
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • 12 oz. hot water
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anis


  • Add ½ tablespoon of maple syrup, 1.5 oz. whisky and ¼ oz. lemon juice to the bottom of 2 glasses. Then add a lemon wedge, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 star anis to the glass.

    A cup of mulled wine with cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  • Pour 6 oz. “almost-boiling” hot water into each glass and stir.

    A glass of water with lemon and star anise in it.
  • Let sit for a few minutes to steep and enjoy.

    A cup of lemon tea with cinnamon and star anise.

Tips & Notes

  • Hot water tip: we actually used our kettle for this recipe because it will heat your water up perfectly!

Nutrition facts

Calories: 152kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 1g Fat: 0.3g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.

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