Centuries ago, a few enlightened individuals developed what would go on to become the undisputed champion of hot beverages, even leaving behind the likes of tea, and coffee. It’s the Hot Toddy we speak of, and the ones nodding in approval with us are the ones that have enjoyed one too many of them. Today, we help you pick Irish whiskeys that are simply perfect for a Hot Toddy drink, and nothing more, because more won’t be required.
The Hot Toddy is more than just a great whiskey cocktail, it is the perfect concoction for a good night’s sleep, a remedy for a cold and the much required comfort on a cold winter evening. It is so much more than cough syrup, and is far better for the soul than chicken soup!
Mentions of the Hot Toddy can be traced back centuries, and the reason behind the timelessness of this drink is because it’s everything you need it to be when you’re feeling down.
Our list of the best Irish whiskeys to complete your Hot Toddy recipe contain only the best expressions with flavour notes that blend perfectly with the lemon, honey and spice in the drink.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
What better to begin a list as this one than Jameson Whiskey, the quintessential representative of Irish whiskey worldwide? This is a landmark whiskey that has held its own throughout centuries. Triple-distilled smoothness, and a blend of some fine pot still and grain whiskies give Jameson the famous no-nonsense goodness that makes it so popular.
For the perfect traditionally accurate Hot Toddy whiskey, you have to go with Jameson. It is mellow, smooth as can be and the soft undertones of toasted wood and sherry mingle very well with the citrus, honey and spice in the Hot Toddy recipe.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Whiskey
If you’re looking forward to making a premium Hot Toddy for a very special person, we would immediately recommend the Redbreast 12 Year Old. It is not just one of the finest and most premium single pot still Irish whiskeys currently in the market, but also the most deserving of the price it commands.
While most Irish whiskeys make for remarkably well-made everyday drinks, the Redbreast is a drink meant for special occasions. Finished in Sherry butts, its incredible richness in flavour and aromas, without compromising an iota of its smoothness are unmatched qualities. You may find it difficult to stop at one drink when you use the Redbreast 12 Year Old in your Hot Toddy recipe, and there won’t be a reason to complain at all.
Bushmills Red Bush Whiskey
The newest release from Bushmills is very good, priced to perfection and of course meets our list of requirements for the right kind of Hot Toddy whiskey. The Red Bush from Bushmills is a blend of Irish single malts and grain whiskey, and carries no age statement.
As with most Irish whiskeys, the triple-distilled smoothness is present in the Bushmills Red Bush too. Hot Toddy recipes are usually recommended to be made with Irish whiskeys for this reason itself. Flavour notes of vanilla, butterscotch and spice brought forth by this delight are great complements to your Hot Toddy cocktail.
Dead Rabbit Irish whiskey
Don’t be taken aback by the name; No rabbits are involved in the making of this whiskey. The name comes from New York’s Dead Rabbit Saloon, a cocktail bar that has developed a stellar reputation over the years. The bar itself borrows the name from one of the most violent New York based gangs in history, chronicled in the Hollywood flick, Gangs of New York by Martin Scorsese. The whiskey itself was created with Dublin Liberties Whiskey Company, and it’s not all gimmicks we can assure you.
Hearing the stories and anecdotes associated with the brand name, whisky veterans would be sceptical but the fact remains, this is indeed a well-put-together blend of malt and grain Irish whiskeys. Five years of age ensure a smooth drink, and the flavours are fruity and gently spicy, mouthfeel warm and supple and the good news is that it has the ability to blend marvellously with your Hot Toddy cocktail.
Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Cask Finish Whiskey
A riveting combination of different cultures, this is an Irish whiskey with a generous influence borrowed from used Caribbean rum barrels. Much like other Tullamore D.E.W. blends, this is a blend of three kinds of whiskeys – pot still, grain and malt whiskeys.
A warming, fruity, spicy and delicious blend from Tullamore D.E.W., it has an unmistakable influence from the Caribbean rum barrels. What makes this a good Hot Toddy whiskey, and helps it stand out is the combination of some delightful flavours. Although it lacks the signature smoothness of most Irish whiskeys, it is understandable since the compromise comes with the territory.