Hot Toddy with Manuka

In Apps, Snacks & Drinks by Frances Largeman-Roth

Makes 1 serving| Prep Time: 5 mins

The hot toddy has been around since it was invented in Scotland in the 1700s. This version is made with puerh, a fermented tea that boasts more antioxidants than green tea. It has a rich, earthy flavor. I sweeten mine with Manuka honey from New Zealand, which is higher in antibacterial compounds than regular honey. While I can’t promise that it will cure a cold, the warm tea will help break up mucous and the honey will soothe your throat. If you add in a splash of whiskey, that can numb throat pain and possibly put you in a slightly better mood, and we can all use that when we don’t feel well.


  • 1 puerh tea bag, such as Numi
  • 1 teaspoon juice and zest of a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Manuka honey, such as Comvita
  • splash of whiskey, optional


  1. Place tea bag in mug. Pour boiling water into mug and brew to desired strength.
  2. Stir the lemon juice and honey into the tea. Add a splash of whiskey, if desired. Sip and feel better!