Thirsty Thursday: A Cocktail for Snow Days

By: Kelsey Vala
Rum Hot Toddy

Rum Hot Toddy

Photo by: Matt Armedariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armedariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Who said snow days can’t be fun for adults too? When you’re stuck inside from inclement weather, there’s really no better time for this Rum Hot Toddy. A warm cocktail in hand can turn a freezing-cold day into a comforting and toasty afternoon. It’s all about perspective (and booze), really.

A toddy is the perfect cold-weather beverage, and for centuries this classic cocktail has been a folk remedy for the sniffles, the flu and winter blues. While normally made with whiskey or bourbon, this version is made with rum. Simply infuse hot water and rum with lemon, honey and cinnamon for a soothing and restorative pick-me-up that is sure to keep you warm on snowy days.

Bottoms up, folks!

Recipe courtesy Darryl Robinson


  • 4 to 6 ounces hot water, varies on cup size
  • 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons spice rum (recommended: Captain Morgan)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • Cinnamon sugar, to taste


Combine the hot water and rum in a mug. Stir in the honey and squeeze out the juice from the lemon wedge. Finish with a dash of cinnamon sugar and serve warm.

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