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Non alcoholic hot toddy with ginger and turmeric on a cutting board.
Photo by Julia Topp on Unsplash

I think you will agree that cold winter nights call for a warm drinks. This non-alcoholic Hot Toddy will soon be on your list of favorites. A traditional old-school hot drink usually made with whiskey, lemon, honey and spices gets a blast of immunity boosting ingredients without alcohol. In this post, I will tell you how to make it as well as some of the benefits.

Does is cure a Cold?

Throughout history, the original Hot Toddy, made with whiskey, has been credited with helping cure a cold, flu and other viruses. If you would like to read more about the original Hot Toddy, see my post on it here. We now know that there are more ingredient than just the whiskey that can help when you aren’t feeling well. These ingredients make the non-alcoholic hot toddy just as, if not more beneficial.

The Magic Ingriedients of the Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy

  • Lemon and oranges contains Vitamin C and other antimicrobial components. Vitamin C is a super power when it comes to immunity.
  • Cloves contain anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Honey has long been touted as soothing to a sore throat and for a cough. Raw honey is best because it also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact according to this study, “Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products introduced to humankind since ancient times.”
  • Turmeric, or mainly the active ingredient curcumin has so many benefits. Tumeric’s antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and pain relieving properties make this a starring role in the non-alcoholic Hot Toddy.
  • Peppercorns – If Turmeric is the Best Actress, Peppercorns are the Supporting Actress. Peppercorns help you absorb Turmeric, so make sure to add it.
  • Ginger – Ginger is known to have anti-nausau effects, but it is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory. According to the Herbal Academy, it generally “helps the body progress through a cold or the flu.”
  • Warm water will also soothe a sore throat and aid with nasal and sinus congestion.
Cutting board with fresh turmeric and powdered turmeric.
Photo by Julia Topp on Unsplash

Other Benefits

The non-alcoholic Hot Toddy has some other great benefits other than boosting immunity. It was my go to drink while training for the Boston Marathon. The Tumeric, ginger, cloves and honey are anti-inflammatory aiding in my recovery after those long and cold training runs. It is also very hydrating and the honey is a carbohydrate, so it replenished my cells. I had a glass every night leading up to race day. Some other great benefits are:

  • Relief from Menstrual Cramps
  • Improving Digestion
  • Great for brain health
  • Assist with gloominess or mild depression

What to Drink it out of?

Traditionally, the Hot Toddy is served in a clear, heat-safe glass mug. The point is to drink it as warm as you can tolerate (without burning yourself). I use the double walled glass by Ovalware. It keeps your drink warm but doesn’t burn your hands and is also pretty stylish. However, you can drink it any cute mug like this one here or heatproof glass. Whatever you decide to drink this out of and for whatever reason, I hope this post has inspired you to make a warming non-alcoholic Hot Toddy soon!

Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy

Course: Drinks
Keyword: anti-inflammatory, mocktails, non-alcoholic, warm drink, warming
Servings: 4
This alcohol-free recipe is one I make often. It has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties and will warm you from the inside out.
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  • 1 piece fresh ginger root about two inches long
  • 2 piece fresh turmeric about one inch long
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 3 lemons
  • 3 oranges
  • water
  • raw honey


  • Peel fresh ginger root by using a spoon to scrape the peel. Roughly cut the ginger into approximately ¼ inch pieces and put it into the dutch oven.
  • Put on rubber gloves and peel the turmeric using the spoon to scrape the peel. Grate the turmeric and put it into the dutch oven.
  • Cut the peel and pith off the lemon and discard or save for another recipe. Squeeze them into the dutch oven and then throw the lemon into the dutch oven.
  • Wash the oranges and cut them in ½. Squeeze the orange juice into the dutch oven and toss the orange, with peel into the dutch oven.
  • Add peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves into the dutch oven.
  • Fill the dutch oven with water leaving 3-4 inches at the top.
  • Bring it all to a boil and then turn it down to simmer for 4-6 hours.
  • Once done simmering, use the ladle and strainer to pour each drink in a heat-safe glass.
  • Add raw honey to taste.


I make a pot of this and drink it for about a week. You just have to reheat it when you are ready to drink it. 
As with any hot drink, please be careful while pouring, serving, and drinking. 
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