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Calm Your Cough with a Four-Ingredient Hot Toddy


Feeling sick?  You’ll want to try my four ingredient, non-alcoholic hot toddy to sooth your cold, cough, or sore throat.  It’s so much better than cough drops!

For the last month I have been sick.  Like hacking-out-a-lung-no-voice-the-doctor-is-my friend-sick.  I think my issues are finally getting sorted out, but I’ve cracked a rib from coughing so hard in the process, so renovations probably won’t be happening until after Christmas.

Update: I did not actually crack a rib, but it sure felt like it!  Apparently I strained my intercostal muscles.  Considering I’m a classical singer and use them more aggressively than most of the population on a regular basis, my cough was extreme.

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However, one happy discovery through all of this was this hot-toddy recipe that kept my coughing to a minimum.  The Dad of one of my voice students suggested it, and I was so glad he did.  This version is non-alcoholic, but you can add your alcohol of choice if you’re so inclined.

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Because it has no alcohol, this hot toddy recipe is a perfectly safe sore throat remedy for kids, adults, and pregnant women. I know firsthand how frustrating it is when you’re sick and pregnant and you can’t take anything to make you feel better!!

The main ingredients are lemon and honey, but the spice that makes this one a bit different from other toddies out there is cinnamon.  I’m a huge fan of cinnamon, so this drink made my taste buds quite happy.

Yield: 1 cup

4 Ingredient Cinnamon Hot Toddy

4 Ingredient Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Turn to this hot toddy when you need to sooth a sore throat or cough fast. Non-alcoholic and safe for kids, adults, and pregnant women.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)


1. Set a kettle of water to boil.

2. Cut a lemon in half. Juice one of those halves, and save the other half for another cup later.

3. Add lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon to 1 cup of boiling water. Drink as needed.


Nothing except time and rest can really fix a cough, cold, or sore throat. This hot toddy will just make you feel better until your body heals.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 1g

Should you get sick of this delightful hot toddy drink, I also have 5 other natural options to soothe a sore throat that I personally use. You may know me as a garden blogger, but in my first career I’m a classical singer, and I know how frustrating it is to be sick with no voice, but you have an engagement that you have to power through because there’s no one to replace you and you can’t cancel.

Get 6 Natural Sore Throat Remedies Recommended by a Voice Teacher Here!

Here’s hoping you’ll keep healthy during this cold and flu season!  And if you don’t, you know where to turn.

Need another use for all those lemons?  Check out these 10 citrus recipes!

Do you have any secret recipes for healing when you’re sick?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

Want to get rid of a cold or sore throat fast?  Try this lemon cinnamon honey hot toddy and naturally cure yourself--or at least get a little relief!
Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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