My friend Philip introduced us to hot toddies when we were in Tahoe a couple of years back. The drink was perfect after being on the slopes all day. Here is his fun story on how he learned to make a hot toddy:
A Hot Toddy is a hot whiskey drink, perfect on a cold day, as an après-ski drink or something to help you sleep if you are suffering from a cold.
When I was in high school I had a job as a cycle delivery boy, delivering groceries around the small Scottish town I grew up in. The job was not too bad in summer, but in winter it was cold, dark, wet, windy and generally miserable.
Most of the people I would deliver groceries to were little old ladies who would talk my ear off for 10 minutes as I stood shivering in their doorway, it was however these same little old ladies that told me how to make the perfect Hot Toddy, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
You want to use good whiskey for this, not the finest malt, but a good Scotch blend like Famous Grouse or Bells, or an Irish whiskey such as Jameson if you prefer the smoother taste.