Every picnic deserves a special drink, and for a Winter picnic, I recommend a warm cocktail like a hot toddy. This classic libation is a combination of hot water, whiskey, lemon juice, and honey.

Prep the beverage at home by juicing the lemons and combining the liquid with honey, sugar, anise, and cloves.

Then, at your party destination, heat water on the grill and pour into mugs with the whiskey and the prepared honey-lemon mixture. Sound like fun? Check out the recipe now.

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

Easy Recipe for Irish Hot Toddy

Ingredients

7 ounces hot water
1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
3/4 ounces lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 whole star anise
5 cloves
Lemon wedge, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a tall glass mug or cup, combine hot water, bourbon, lemon juice, honey, sugar, anise, and cloves. Stir together with a spoon until sugar dissolves.
  2. Serve with a straw and a wedge of lemon.
Photo: Susannah Chen