The hot toddy is the quintessential wintertime drink. Typically served at ski lodges and similar destinations, it is best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire after a cold day spent braving the elements. Although not known for certain where the origin of the name is from, the toddy itself does have a storied history. Although some say it originated in the 1700s from the Todian Spring in Scotland, it is most likely from India, as toddy is the word for the ‘sap’ of the coconut tree found throughout the region.

When Jack Frost nips at your nose, he’s surely advocating a trip to discover one of the best hot toddies in town, and the establishments listed below are the city’s top contenders.

Is there a blizzard outside? Not to worry, simply prepare a toddy within the comfort of your own home, following the instructions below. Adjust according to your tastes.

1 ounce brandy, rum or whiskey
1 ounce honey
4 ounces hot water
A slice of lemon, whole cloves pierced into the rind
Cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients in a glass mug. Place water in a teapot and bring to a rolling boil. Add water to fill mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Some Michiganders may want to substitute 4 ounces of Vernors Ginger Ale.

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