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Chai Whiskey Hot Toddy With Cardamom

by on December 20, 2021
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Warm up your sweet souls this winter with my easy whiskey hot toddy recipe. The cardamom and cinnamon are warming. The whiskey gives it a nice kick. And the maple syrup is light without being overwhelmingly sweet. This is my go-to winter cocktail for holiday parties and outdoor bonfires with friends. I know you’ll love it!

Hot toddies are great cocktails to enjoy as a slow sipper or on a chilly day. My close friends know I will always bring a big thermos of this whiskey chai hot toddy if we’re spending a winter afternoon or evening outside. It’s cozy, warming and perfect for sharing. 

You could even make a big pot of it for your holiday party. Keep it on the stove top on low heat and let guests help themselves throughout the evening. A fun twist on classic holiday cocktails!

whiskey hot toddy

How To Make The Best Hot Toddy

To make the best hot toddy I believe the secret is having the right balance of sweetener and spice. Plus, a great quality whiskey! Classic hot toddies are almost always made with whiskey. My whiskey preference for this recipe is to use either Jameson Irish Whiskey, JP Wiser’s or Forty Creek.

You could however switch it up and make your hot toddy with spiced rum or brandy.

When it comes to the chai tea, be sure to use a tea bag that has cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg already mixed in. My preferred brand is Tetley. With this recipe, you’ll add more of those spices to the cocktail, but it will enhance the flavour even further if they are in the tea too.

The twist on my hot toddy recipe is the plant-based milk. It makes it creamy and smooth. I prefer to use oat or soy milk for a really rich hot toddy, but any nut milk will do.

What Is Cardamom?

For many home cooks, cardamom is not a spice that is kept on the spice rack. But it should be! It’s a versatile spice that can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Cardamom is a spice that is native to South India. It grows in seed pods and is sold as either whole pods or in a ground powder. It has a fruity and nutty flavour that is sometimes compared to menthol. There are two types of cardamom — green and black — with green being the one that is more commonly found at grocery stores in Canada.

Cardamom lends itself exceptionally well to chai tea and is always used in traditional Indian chai tea recipes. I drank it often when on both my trips to India in 2012 and 2015. It’s such a nostalgic flavour for me. 

Be sure to use full cardamom seed pops for this recipe. They have a more mild flavour that is enhanced the longer it steeps.

whiskey hot toddy with cardamom and cinnamon

I hope you love this whiskey hot toddy recipe. It’s a perfect addition to a walk in the woods, cabin weekend with friends or evening night cap.

Please let me know how this hot toddy recipe turns out for you in the comments! I love hearing from you, your feedback is so important to me.

Find more of my seasonal, plant-based recipes on the blog!

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Chai Whiskey Hot Toddy With Cardamom

  • Author: Maggie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Drinks


twist on the classic hot toddy recipe with warming spices and plant-based milk.


Units Scale

8 cups of water

3 tea bags of black chai tea (my preferred brand is Tetley)

3 cinnamon sticks

4 green cardamom pods

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 1/2 cups of plant-based milk of your choice (my preference is soy or oat milk)

1/2 cup of maple syrup

2 cups of whiskey


1. In a large pot, pour in water and add tea bags, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks. Set stove to medium-high heat and let tea brew for 10-15 minutes or until water is dark.

2. Reduce heat to low and stir in whiskey, milk, maple syrup and remaining spices.

3. Taste and add additional sweetener or whiskey as desired.

4. Ladle into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick

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