Warm up with a hot toddy at these Toronto bars

Nothing soothes a sore throat or warms chilled bones in the depth of winter like a hot toddy. This classic warming mixed drink features an intoxicating combination of brown liquor (usually brandy or whiskey), hot water, lemon and a touch of sugar or honey for some added sweetness. Track down this comforting cocktail at these Toronto bars.

Kalendar Restaurant & Bistro

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546 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B1

This enduring College Street bistro offers an intimate spot for a romantic date or for those seeking refuge during a snowstorm. The dining room has a European feel thanks to the ruby red walls, sparkling chandeliers and eclectic accents throughout. Warm up with a hot toddy from the winter drink menu; the soothing concoction is made with brandy, honey, fragrant cloves and a citrus twist.

Museum Tavern

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201-208 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 3B4

This second-floor spot feels worlds away from the throngs of museum tourists and Bloor Street shoppers below. The upscale American brasserie has a decidedly nostalgic ambiance thanks to the checkered tile floors, dark wood paneling and classic bistro fare. If you’re craving a soothing elixir, the 2 oz. hot apple toddy is an ideal remedy. The signature pick-me-up features a seductive blend of Dewar’s scotch, apple liquer, honey, ginger syrup, lemon, hot water and warming apple cider with a hint of smoke.

The Queen & Beaver Public House

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35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1

You wont find the hot toddy on the official drink menu at this downtown English pub, but the barkeep will be happy to make one up for you if you’ve got a craving or a bad cough. U.K. expats will love the upscale British comfort food and charming vintage décor (don’t miss the china plates emblazoned with images of Queen Elizabeth II). Visit on Sunday evenings to pair your boozy beverage with a proper roast dinner served with all the fixings.

The Comrade

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758 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4

This moody bar in Riverdale has earned a cult following among east end locals thanks to its gourmet snacks, classic cocktails and vast selection of bourbon. The dark interior has a speakeasy atmosphere and the crowd here is hip without being too pretentious. Whether you’re seeking out a hot toddy for medicinal or recreational reasons, the expert bartenders here are happy to oblige.

The Emmet Ray

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924 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A4

This local watering hole in Dufferin Grove is known for its live music and large whiskey collection — the bar stocks over 230 bottles from around the world. Ask your bartender for a bespoke hot toddy made with your preferred brown liquor; menu features a seriously long list of premium and standard Canadian, American and European whiskeys that’ll act as a perfect base for a boozy warm up. The cozy, dimly-lit space has a welcoming ambiance that’ll makes it hard to vacate your bar stool at the end of the night.

The Gabardine

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372 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2W9

Feel a cold coming on after a long day at the office? Head to this Bay Street eatery where the classic cocktails and hearty dinner plates are sure to provide some much-needed comfort. The Hot n’ Stormy is sure to relieve even the raspiest cough thanks to the soothing blend of Kraken spiced rum, lemon, house made ginger syrup and hot water.

The County General

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936 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G6

You’ll spot plenty of plaid shirts and hungry west end locals at this farmhouse eatery with a laid-back vibe and a serious cocktail list. The traditional hot toddy here gets jacked up with some creative ingredients; the Ole’ Miss toddy is made with El Dorado five-year-old rum, mulled lemon syrup angostura, hot apple cider and cinnamon.

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