Keep Warm On Thanksgiving With These Bulleit Hot Toddy Recipes

Thanksgiving is upon us and along with all that food, you will need some autumnal libations. While whiskey is good all year round, it’s starting to get chilly out there so an icy cocktail is probably not the best choice. But that’s not a problem because nothing goes better with low temps than the simple yet delicious mix of whiskey and hot water, the toddy.

The classic toddy is merely whiskey — Irish, scotch, bourbon, rye, whatever — with hot water and maybe some honey and lemon. But if you want a little more complexity, a whole world of exciting flavors is available by simply adding a teabag.

This Thanksgiving, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has teamed with Smith Teamaker to come up with the ultimate pairings of Bulleit Bourbon or Bulleit Rye and tea. Check out three of the delicious recipes below.


Hot for Rye Toddy

  • Place 1 Smith Teamaker Red Nectar sachet in a cup or mug

  • Add boiling water, leaving room for the whiskey

  • Steep 5 min

  • Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Rye

  • Remove tea sachet

Recommended twists or additions:
· Add orange peel
· Add 1-2 cloves
· Add 1 cinnamon stick
· Add 1 tablespoon raw honey
· Garnish with lemon wedge

Tasting Notes from Tony Tellin, Smith Head Teamaker:

The wood and fruit top notes and creamy center of the tea complement the vanilla and oak character of Bulleit Rye. The orange peel adds citrus, building on the mulled spices and natural spice elements of Bulleit Rye. Rooibos and Honeybush herbal infusions are both grown and sourced from South Africa. This is a comforting Hot Toddy best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire.


Kentucky Meadow Hot Toddy

  • Place 1 Smith Teamaker Meadow sachet in a cup or mug

  • Add boiling water, leaving room for the whiskey

  • Steep 5 min

  • Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

  • Remove sachet

Recommended twists or additions:
· Add green apple peel
· Add cinnamon stick
· Add 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
· Garnish with apple wedge
· Shave nutmeg on top of final beverage

Tasting Notes from Tony Tellin, Smith Head Teamaker:

This cocktail has flavor profiles of maple and apple, a perfect pair for colder weather. The chamomile in our Meadow tea pairs well with apple and has a floral, woody character. Adding green apple skin adds tannin, acidity and further drives apple top notes and flavor. Together cinnamon and nutmeg create a mulled spice and apple pie like spice complexity.


Winter on the Frontier Toddy

  • Place 1 Smith Teamaker Lord Bergamot sachet in a cup or mug

  • Add boiling water leaving room for the whiskey

  • Steep 5 min

  • Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Rye

  • Remove sachet

Recommended twists or additions:
· Add lemon peel
· Add French lavender
· Add pink peppercorns
· Garnish with lemon

Tasting Notes from Tony Tellin, Smith Head Teamaker:

Bergamot is known for its citrus and floral notes. Adding lavender and lemon peel is my favorite way to enjoy this Hot Toddy. I get a lot of vanilla from Bulleit Rye, making a drink that’s a little floral, but not too sweet.