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Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy

Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
Catching a cold? Got the shivers? Need a drink? You've come to the right place. This Hot Toddy made with Meyer Lemons is the pick-me-up beverage you'll enjoy drinking.
By Bev Cooks
Updated April 25, 2017


  • 2 meyer lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz simple syrup (made from above)
  • 2 oz meyer lemon juice (from the lemons)
  • 1/3 cup honey


  • 1
    Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemon zest from both lemons and toss into a mini food processor. Add the cayenne pepper as well. And maybe a tiny pinch of sugar.
  • 2
    Blitz until it's as finely chopped as possible.
  • 3
    In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and zest mixture. Simmer on medium for about 15 minutes, until a syrup forms and thickens. Strain and let cool for 15 minutes. Discard solids.
  • 4
    Back in the pan, add the bourbon, honey, 2 oz of lemon juice and the simple syrup. Warm up to desired heat and serve in glass mugs and garnish with lemon peel.

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  • I recently returned from a trip to sunny Florida where a sweet friend of mine handed me a bag of Meyer lemons. Um, what am I supposed to do with these again? Me: "Thanks! Who's Meyer and when did he gives you his lemons?" Her: "Meyer's not a person. Well, I mean he is. He's an agricultural explorer from 1908, but it doesn't matter. These lemons are awesome!" Me: "So what makes it a Meyer lemon? Should I be nervous?" Her: "Ha! It's a cross between a lemon and a mandarin or an orange. It's really good. Just take this BAG already." Me: "Okay, but if I eat these and my face turns into puckered Meyer freakiness, I'm calling you." Her: "Someone give this girl something to do in life, please." Life handed me Meyer lemons, so I made….MEYER LEMON HOT TODDIES! Can I get a "what? what?" Sorry, I get excited. Let's Toddy! We'll need some Meyer lemons (duh,) some whiskey, honey, sugar and cayenne pepper. Simmer lightly until nice and hot. Pour into glass mugs and garnish with a thin lemon peel. Sip your way back to health AND a nice buzz in no time! Cheers!
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