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  1. Jill
    Jill at |

    It’s hot toDDy, not totty.

  2. matthew
    matthew at |

    i most definately believe it is TOTTY rather than TODDY you incompetant prick

  3. Jon
    Jon at |

    You spelled incompetent wrong. Prick is right on. Ironic. By the way: Are you sure that “prick” is the best jab at “Jill”?

    Also, do you really recommend using eight ounces of brandy? The “age-old remedy” of which I’m aware involves brandy, yes, but mixed into a cup of hot water, with a spoonful of honey stirred in.

    Judging from the above turnaround, I’ll be getting a snappy response from you in about six months. I look forward to it.

    1. mark
      mark at |

      well it does work, i have a bs in sports nutrition and the best one i have drank my grandpa made and is two shots of brandy half a cup of honey two tablespoons of suger and one shot of lemon juice what it does is relax the cilia which are tiny hair like particles in the throat “hint when you have a cold the mucus irritates these cilia which causes you to cough” so the totty or toddy “which ever you prefer” numbs these structures and allows you to drift off to sleep without coughing and gives you that nice relaxed feel, its not a cure it just helps you sleep. Sleep is when the body starts repairing itself by the way but i will save that one for another topic. Everyone is different it may or may not work depends on your alcohol tolerance!

  4. Ciarra
    Ciarra at |

    It can be spelled “totty” or “toddy” – it’s a regional preference.

    I also have heard that the brandy is mixed with another drink like hot water, cider, cocoa etc.

  5. Amelia
    Amelia at |


    You have captured my heart with your wittiness. Consider this girl impressed. *wink*

  6. Brian
    Brian at |

    Eight ounces of brandy? That’s eight shots! I want to feel better, not get f***ed up! :-)

    I thought i’d look on the internet to see if i was making it right or not, but it seems like there are many, many versions of this classic. I think i’ll go try warming up some Maker’s Mark (bourbon), putting a lemon and some (blueberry) honey in it, and then use a mug of hot tea as a chaser…

  7. Rie
    Rie at |

    Brian- (I know…post is a few days old)
    That is exactly what I do. I can’t really stand the taste of alcohol so I can’t bear to drink it mixed into something else, but if I down a shot and then chase it with the hottest tea I can standm go to bed in the warmest pj’s I can find, and sweat my a** off all night…I usually feel a lot better in the morning! This works really well when you have a fever too. But it may make your body temp rise a bit, so only try it if your fever isn’t too high.
    Hope everyone feels better!

    1. annisa
      annisa at |

      I have been blowing and sniffling snot for 2 days and sneezing in between so I thought I’d try to fix,drink,and aabsorb one of these most famous home cold remedies and I am drinking it now and will be glad to keep you posted! I kinda like the “sweating it out” theory, I put my bet on that! Lol!

  8. Linz
    Linz at |

    I know original post is almost a year old…but I think Erin was joking with the recipe. At least I laughed out loud at the last line!

  9. Brooke
    Brooke at |

    Well IDK how ever its spelled…this is a hot totty recipe..

    1 shot whiskey (ur prefrence)
    2 Tbls honey
    3 tsp lemon
    3/4 cup full of hot tea

    This is sooo good and sure to warm your sore throat

    1. Lisa
      Lisa at |

      urs sounds the best of all. think im gonna try it…..in about 5 min. lol. i need something.. thanks sooo much

  10. Emily
    Emily at |

    Hmmm, I think I will try it with dark rum, no whiskey… and don’t like whiskey. It would make me puke out any toxins sitting in that digestive tract, although maybe thats what the original 8oz recipe was made to do ;)

  11. Anna
    Anna at |

    A friend of mine drinks it, he says use straight lemon juice and any brown liquor…..most commonly henessey….idk….all I do know is shortly after, he passed out….lmao

  12. CGTotty
    CGTotty at |

    It’s toTTY !! Trust me – it’s an old family concoction – here’s the original recipe:

    Equal parts bourbon ( or dark rum), lemon juice, and honey; mix, heat, stir, and guzzle it ’till ya feel better or feel nothing at all !

    1. bre
      bre at |

      i think 2 each his own, i dont drink, but i,m sick as all hell right now and would love any remedy that would work. thanx

  13. nique
    nique at |

    I have been reading these posts and I’m lol. But I have heard it works and I’m not a drinker either, but I’m sicker than a dog right now and uncomfortable. So…… here I go getting ready to mix up my own hot totty lol. But thanks for all the advice.

  14. Sam
    Sam at |

    The original is Hot Toddy, from Scotland. Hot Totty means sexy ladies! In the UK anyway =)

  15. bettylynn
    bettylynn at |

    my grandma used to make it for me esp if I
    had strep throat, she didn’t add any water though
    just made a shot with honey and lemon , I remember it
    burned like hell going down , but it will sweat the cold out
    of me .

  16. Craig
    Craig at |

    It’s Hot ToDDy for sure. This isn’t preference or a regional spelling – Toddy is correct. You can see its etymology AND definition here:


    As a drinker of the hot toddy the moment I get a cold, flu, chest infection, or similar – I drink it with either 3cl of Whiskey or Brandy mixed with 50cl honey, 50cl lemon juice, and hot water infused with green tea.

    Interesting addition of the Green Tea I understand, but there’s no harm in throwing a few more anti-oxidants in there without affecting the flavour at all!

    If I am able to eat, I will follow this with a 3-egg ommelette covered in chopped red chillis. Talk about sweating a cold out!!


    1. Amelia
      Amelia at |

      Seriously, who cares how it is spelled, people.

  17. John
    John at |

    I know that when you have cold you just want it to vanish and you would try almost everything to get better (specially medicines), but we should start thinking about how we affect our body at the end, that is why I recommend to try home remedies first and why not trying this nice recipe.

  18. Dr. Parker
    Dr. Parker at |

    The hot totty home remedy is a very old concept that actually works rather well. I have used this myself and found it to be very effective. The recipe I use is a very old southern staple.
    1 shot of wiskey
    4 ounces of lemon juice
    2 ounces of water
    1 tablespoon of sugar
    mixed and heated on the stove.

    You should drink this right before bed. After drinking it, go to bed. Make sure you cover up with sheets and/or blankets until you are very warm. What happens next is what a lot of older southerners call “sweating out a cold”. Basically it is a false fever. This is where the science comes in. Elevated body temperature is a controlled response to infection. It results in a modification of the levels of zinc and iron in the bloodstream, which significantly reduces the growth rate of pathogenic bacteria. Increased temperature also enhances bactericidal activity of white blood cells, and increases their motility. Increased body temperature shows that the immune system is increasing its efforts to fight infection. Fever is a good thing. Unlike Influenza,a common cold rarely results in a fever, so the hot totty is an excellent way to help you body fight that nasty cold.

  19. chris
    chris at |

    does this work with out the lemon?Im allergic to lemons and lemon juice

    1. Anna
      Anna at |

      I heard you can use orange juice, pineapple juice, apple cider. I suppose you could use any juice.


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