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Fireball Hot Toddy

Fireball Hot Toddy – cinnamon whiskey, honey and lemon cocktail to melt a sore throat or for a spicy night cap.

Fireball Hot Toddy in a clear mason jar

*originally written in 2016*

I’ve been sick a record number of times this calendar year.

Blame stress, life changes, poor sleep and what-have-you, I have experienced more than my normal amount of sick days and NyQuil pills since January.

One time knocked me down for a solid 10 days, which is even more un-fun when you are self-employed.

(I recognize un-fun is probably definitely not a word but it seems fitting.)

Hot drinks in general are good for colds and sore throats, but I’d always had a hot toddy on my “one-day-when-I’m-a-real-grownup” list.

I mean, there aren’t many alcoholic drinks that you can consume claiming it’s because you are sick, right?

Whether it’s hot or cold outside it really doesn’t matter, a hot toddy can be comforting at any time of year. Don’t feel weird for going against the grain no matter what time of year it is!

Fireball Hot Toddy in a clear mason jar next to half a lemon

I had to look up how to actually make a hot toddy, but there are many options. 

Bourbon, scotch and whiskey were all options I found used as the main liquor, and you can mix with tea or just hot water.

(I’m typically a wine drinker, so I have to do my cocktail research.)

Bonuses were cinnamon (or cinnamon sticks), honey, lemon. I even saw versions that included maple syrup or heavy cream, which seemed a bit much for my taste.

The only thing I had that would remotely fit the bill was Fireball whiskey, so that accomplished both the alcohol and the cinnamon aspects of the drink.

I tried it with both hot water and then with hot tea.

The tea adds a little more flavor (depending on what you use, I had a night-time tea blend).

But it also worked with just hot water as long as you use the lemon and honey.

Soon after I tried it for the first time, I had a friend over to watch the premiere of the show “Bachelorette” (don’t judge me).

Usually we do something along the lines of take-out pizza and wine for these premieres.

But I could tell we are growing up because I made us these fireball hot toddies (we were both sick), homemade pizzas and salads.

So if you are sick and don’t have someone to bring you chicken tofu noodle soup (or even if you do), a fireball hot toddy might be in order.

Fireball Hot Toddy  in a clear mason jar with fireball in background

I learned that National Hot Toddy Day is celebrated every year in the United States on January 11. You’re welcome.

Not sure if Fireball whiskey really is known as a “southern drink” or not, but I’ve seen this combo called as a “North Carolina Hot Toddy” as well.

And since that’s where I grew up and tried it myself, I’m going to go with it.

Yield: 1

Fireball Hot Toddy

Fireball Hot Toddy - cinnamon whiskey, honey and lemon drink to melt your sickness away.

Fireball Hot Toddy - cinnamon whiskey, honey and lemon drink as a warm comforting night time drink.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 8 ounces hot water
  • 2 ounces Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey, (or more as necessary)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tea bag, (optional)


  1. Add whiskey, hot water, honey, and lemon juice to a large mug and stir.
  2. If using a tea bag, steep for 5 minutes before drinking.

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Carbohydrates: 9gSugar: 8g
Fireball Hot Toddy - cinnamon whiskey, honey and lemon drink to melt your sickness away.

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Saturday 18th of June 2022

OMG this is one of the best things I have ever tasted. I did not use a tea bag, and instead of juicing the lemon I cut slices and after sitting in the hot water took a fork to them to break them down a bit. Its delicious!

Deb Shallin

Thursday 28th of January 2021

It is truly delicious since tonight I'm not feeling so hot and it is so cold outside. A perfect drink for a perfect day! Thank you for sharing. It's a keeper!

Paul M Edwards

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky was invented in Canada, apparently... And is (as of 2015) the most popular liqueur in the USA. The More You Know™!


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Well, I skipped the middleman and went straight to the Fireball hehe BUT... All of these posts I read, and I must say they were all awesome, gave me a little inspiration. Usually a couple of shots of Fireball are sufficient to ease the suffering, then I back them up with a hot chicken bouillon soup with a little ginger added. Thanks to all of your wonderful posts, I may try something like a shot of Fireball in a boiling hot water base with a little honey, ginger, soy sauce and red pepper. I mean, that's what trial and eater is all about, right? Best of luck to you and all your readers in all your future endeavors this New Year from Scotty :)


Thursday 27th of June 2019

I hope this helps with my cough & sinuses. I’ve been sick for days & my meds aren’t helping


Friday 6th of November 2020


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