Ultra cozy and warming-to-boot, this paleo and keto hot toddy plays homage to this real Scottish gem. Or to put it simply: a tried and true human anti-freeze.
Paleo & Keto Hot Toddy 🍯
‘Twas a cold and wet New York City winter moment, not a single free cab in sight (and Ubers were priced at a million bucks per mile). “I’ve an idea!” declared my ever-so-cool city friend, interlocking her arm around mine in a useless attempt to shield ourselves under our single miniature umbrella. “Trust me, I know a place!” she continued, dragging me around the corner in long strides.
“Two hot toddies please!” she effectively demanded in laughter, as the door flung open into a quintessential (and totally empty) city dive bar.
“Two what?” I inquired softly, twenty six years old and afraid of my apparent un-coolness.
“Wait, how did we go to the same school… for four years… in Scotland… and you never had one?!” she replied genuinely perplexed.
That’s right, my dear peeps. I lived in Scotland for four years and tried my first hot toddy in a NYC dive bar. But to cut straight to the chase, one sip later and I understood why a hot toddy is effectively human anti-freeze.
Or, you know, tea for grownups. 😉
The hot toddy spices
OK, and this might surprise you, but the one traditional spice in a hot toddy is actually just cloves. But I’m definitely going to suggest you go a little extra and throw in an actual cinnamon stick and a star anise. Trust me.
Oh! And also do remember that cloves are mighty little things. And I find that embedding just two in a lemon slice is more than enough.
Needless to say, if you’re paleo (or just living la vida loca through the Holidaze) go ahead and use some actual bee elixir, i.e. honey.
And if keto there’s actually a surprisingly legit honey hack: some allulose syrup + honey extract. Or you can just procure the readymade keto “honey” from the same brand, which surprisingly does taste legit… albeit a tad more watery in texture.
(But if none of those are on hand, don’t wait a week for your Amazon delivery, and just use any granular sweetener of your choice really as they all dissolve quite well in hot water… and the honey extract is just going ‘the extra mile’).
Since we’re talking about a traditionally Scottish drink, I obviously feel obliged to suggest you use actual scotch. But obviously bourbon or any whiskey will work just as well (and ahem, I used some good old Bulleit right here…!).
Just be sure to remember that even though hard liquors are all void of carbs, booze can hit you way harder while in ketosis. Like for real, you’ve been warned!
Looking for more drinks for The Holidaze? Don’t miss out on my keto eggnog!
Cozy (Cozy, Cozy!) Paleo & Keto Hot Toddy
For the paleo & keto hot toddy
- 2 ounces scotch bourbon or whiskey
- 1 tablespoon keto "honey" see notes for more deets
- a good squeeze lemon
- 1 lemon slice
- 2 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- boiling water to top off
- Add scotch, keto "honey" (or actual honey if paleo) and the juice of half a lemon to a heatproof mug or glass. Give it a mix.
- Embed the cloves in the lemon slice, and add it to the mug along with a cinnamon stick and star anise. Top with boiling water and enjoy!
While growing up my parents use to drink Hot Toddy’s & Hot Buttered Rum’s when it turned nippy. Now it’s my turn to carry out the tradition. Thanks for the recipe. I used spiced rum instead.
Oh no! Not another food blogger story, I thought to myself. *Goes on to read and enjoy the entire post*
Your cool friend sounds terrible, but I’m glad I found your blog through google just now.
Well i’d never had a hot toddy before but now I know why you dubbed it human anti freeze lol! It’s snowing so much in Minnesota this weekend and it hit the spot thank you Paola!
Where in Scotland?! I’m in Edinburgh!
St Andrews!!! So dear Claire, Edinburgh was my go-to for city getaways! 🥳
Hello…interested in the honey substitute w/ allulose syrup. How much honey extract do you add? Thanks. Love your creativity….Karen
I would add about 1/8-1/4 tsp of the extract only (it’s very strong!). And it’s my pleasure Karen, thank you for your comment xo!
“or just living la vida loca through the Holidaze”
That be me lol. Thanks for writing such enjoyable posts Paola.
Lololol! It’s a judgement free zone here at gnom-gnom. And it’s my pleasure Kate!