by Hunter Branch
When winter comes, so do hot toddies.
And few things can warm you up and quell cold symptoms quite like this beautiful drink.
But when it comes to making one, there’s one question I get asked all the time…
“What whiskey should I use?”
And it’s a great question because there are literally 100s of whiskeys to choose from.
To make things even more complicated, different whiskeys have drastically different flavor profiles—some of which don’t complement a hot toddy as well as others.
It can be incredibly overwhelming.
So in this article, my goal is to take away the confusion through 7 can’t-miss whiskeys that go great with hot toddies.
Let’s dive in.
(These are not listed in any particular order.)
This wheated bourbon is often compared to Maker’s Mark but is lesser-known than its red-waxed counterpart.
It’s a crowd-pleaser—with a sweet and balanced flavor profile.
It’s not going to blow you away, but it’s an incredible value option for your hot toddy at ~$25 for 750ml.
As the #1 budget option on the list, Four Roses’s standard option is a great buy.
You can grab a 750ml bottle for around $20 and it has a simple, sweet, and mellow flavor profile.
While it could technically be considered a bottom shelf option, it could hold its own against more expensive bottles in blind taste tests.
One of the most iconic bourbon brands out there, the standard Maker’s Mark offering is a solid pick.
It has a “classic” sweet and simple flavor profile that works well in a hot toddy.
If you like your hot toddy on the sweet side, this might be your best option for under $30 (you can grab a 750ml bottle for around $28).
Coming in as the most expensive bottle on this list by far (~$100 for 750ml), Angel’s Envy Finished Rye is a great pick if you’re looking for a top-shelf option.
Many claim this is the best whiskey they’ve ever tasted.
And its unique flavor profile (coming from being finished in rum casks) brings a sweet, yet complex component to a hot toddy.
If you’re looking for a unique hot toddy and have the budget, this one is for you.
You can’t go wrong with Woodford Reserve’s famous standard bottle in your hot toddy.
It’s a bit pricer than most whiskeys on this list (~$40 for 750ml) but comes with a spicier, more complex flavor profile.
If you’re looking for a more expensive bottle and like a spicy hot toddy, this is your best bet.
Frequently referred to as the best budget bourbon, Buffalo Trace’s standard offering is a can’t-miss bottle for your hot toddy if you happen to find it.
Big emphasis on “if” depending on your location.
Buffalo Trace is usually readily available across the United States, but it often sells out quickly.
But if you do find it, it’s worth using in your hot toddy because it’s a middle ground between a sweet profile like Maker’s Mark and a spicy one like Wild Turkey 101.
You can buy a 750ml bottle for ~$30.
Like a spicy hot toddy?
Wild Turkey 101 is for you.
With higher rye content and proof than most bourbons on this list, it’ll add some flair to your drink.
It’s also extremely affordable—coming in at ~$25 for 750ml.
Every whiskey on this list makes a great hot toddy.
Some will be sweeter, some spicer. Some will be more expensive, some affordable.
But regardless of which you choose, you can’t go wrong.
The important thing is to enjoy your exceptional hot toddy.
And now that you have a great whiskey picked out, you can make sure your recipe is just as great.
Heather has some incredible ones that you can choose from:
Hunter Branch is the owner of Bourbon Inspector—a blog designed to help you find great bourbons, accessories, and ways to enjoy America’s native spirit.