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Hot Toddy: Healthy, Low-Calorie Cocktail

Toast to a Healthy Holiday With Hot Toddys

It's cold outside and I'm feeling festive, and something about warm drinks filled with Winter spices gets me every time! Since Winter is not going away any time soon, neither is the temptation of an eggnog habit. But, instead of reaching for fat-filled boozy eggnog, hot buttered rum, or spiked hot chocolate, make yourself a hot toddy instead. This classic cold-weather warmer has all the same seasonal spices of eggnog and pumpkin pie, but with way fewer calories. And it's even been known to knock out a cold or two; perhaps it's the citrus, honey, and good-for-you cinnamon at work? Whatever it is, the hot toddy is one of team FitSugar's favorite ways to imbibe over the holidays minus the guilt.

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Healthy Hot Toddy

Healthy Hot Toddy

Healthy Hot Toddy


1 1/2 ounces of brandy, scotch, or bourbon
7 ounces hot water
3/4 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 star anise, cinnamon stick, or 3-5 cloves
1-2 thin slices of lemon for garnish


  1. In a heatproof glass, stir together bourbon, hot water, honey, lemon juice, and spices.
  2. Garnish with lemon slices.

Makes 1 drink.

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