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Adrienne Forbes' Hot Toddy

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Adrienne Forbes' Hot Toddy

Adrienne Forbes' Hot Toddy
Kristin Perers
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A glass of hot whiskey or a hot toddy, as it's sometimes called, is a comforting drink on a winter night, or if one is coming down with a cold and needs an excuse! Adrienne Forbes has worked with me here at the Cookery School for the past 26 years. Having grown up in the Tower Bar in Cloyne, Adrienne watched her father Edmund Morrissey make many a hot toddy and she is a dab hand at it herself. Here is how she makes it.

Recipe courtesy of Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland’s Heritage by Darina Allen/Kyle Books, 2012.


  • 1 measure of Irish whiskey (everyone has their favorite brand!)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon brown sugar (you can also use granulated sugar)
  • Boiling Water
  • A slice of lemon studded with cloves


  • Put a teaspoon into a glass and rinse the glass well with hot water. This heats the glass and the teaspoon prevents the glass from cracking. Pour the whiskey into the hot glass, add the sugar and boiling water, stir until the sugar is dissolved, then add the lemon studded with the cloves and enjoy!