Got a niggly sore throat developing or feel the beginnings of a cold? This hot toddy recipe packs a punch and will help knock that ‘ahh-hem’ throat clearing symptom away. Abet, traditional hot toddy recipes have whiskey, this one has a pinch of cayenne pepper instead to provide the heat and provides a ton more nutrient power than Dad’s finest from the liquor cabinet.

The intense heat of cayenne is produced by the high concentration of capsaicin which has been clinically trailed as being an effective pain reliever! However, it’s the anti-catarrhal (reduces excess mucous) and antiseptic therapeutic applications in this hot toddy recipe that makes it a perfect home remedy for a prowling cold. 

Other nutritional constituents of cayenne pepper include vitamin A, C, B6, K and manganese, so if you can handle the heat, shake a few sprinkles of this powder into all your favourite winter soups and casseroles. 

It’s not the pepper alone that makes this hot toddy a winner. Garlic, ginger, lemon juice and a touch of honey make this a palatable tonic and adds additional therapeutic benefits.

Garlic and ginger have antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The lemon juice adds a splash of vitamin c and depending on the honey you use, Manuka honey with a high level UMF® rating is an indicator of its Methylglyoxal (MGO) content. This is the chemical that was identified originally as giving Mānuka honey its unique antibacterial characteristics.

Give this delicious therapeutic hot toddy a try this winter and feel its soothing effects straight away. 


Hot Toddy Recipe

1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 thumb piece fresh ginger, grated

½ tsp of honey

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Pinch or shake of cayenne pepper

Large cup of Boiling water

Directions: Stir all ingredients into a large cup of boiling water and let seep for a few minutes to ensure flavours and therapeutic benefits are infused. Enjoy sipping and add more hot water to the left overs in the bottom of the cup for another potent tonic.