The Hot Toddy is a simple, classic camping cocktail. With nothing more than whiskey, honey, lemon, and black tea, you can whip up a warm drink to enjoy by the campfire.
Last summer was the summer of motorcycle travel for Michael and I. In May, we traveled 10 days by motorcycle around Costa Rica. In June, we camped with another couple near Huntington Lake and rode to the Mono Hot Springs along the San Joaquin River. In July, we took the bike to Tuolumne Meadows and explored a lesser-known and underappreciated part of Yosemite. We rounded out the moto-camping season with a trip up to Austin Creek SRA for the Hipcamp Campout.
The trick to traveling by motorcycle is packing light. Everything’s got to fit in two side panniers and one top box. It’s not unlike backpacking, except maybe you can carry some extra weight, such as a full bottle of whiskey and some real food. But, like backpacking, there is certainly no room for a bag of ice. So where does that leave you for post exploration libations back at camp, aside from a warm whiskey neat?
I present to you the ultimate ice-free campfire cocktail: the Hot Toddy.
This is usually our go-to, middle-of-winter, curl-up-on-the-couch-and-watch-Netflix nightcap, but it lends itself nicely to crisp mountain top evenings in front of a campfire.
The ingredients are simple: your favorite whiskey or bourbon, brewed black tea, honey to sweeten it, and a squeeze of lemon to finish it off. Stir that all together in a mug, and you have a camp cocktail that will warm you from the inside out!
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Campfire Hot Toddy
- 1 bag black tea
- ¼ lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1.5 oz whiskey
- Boil a cup of water in a pot over your campfire or stove. Once it's reached a boil, remove from heat and add your tea bag of choice to steep for 2-4 minutes, depending on how strong you prefer your tea. Remove bag and discard.
- While your tea is steeping, squeeze a quarter lemon into a cup, being extra careful to avoid dropping seeds into your mug. Drizzle in honey to taste - about one tablespoon is a good place to start. Add a 1.5oz shot of whiskey to the cup, and then top off with tea. Mix if needed and enjoy while recapping the day's adventures around the fire.