tod·​dy | \ ˈtä-dē How to pronounce toddy (audio) \
plural toddies

Definition of toddy

1 : a usually hot drink consisting of liquor (such as rum), water, sugar, and spices
2 : the fresh or fermented sap of various chiefly Asian palms

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Recent Examples on the Web These distinctive regional liquors—palm toddy in Kerala, rice beer or wine in the North East, mahua in central India, and cashew feni in Goa—offer wonderful insight into the country’s diverse cultures and local produce. Joanna Lobo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to India's Must-Try Spirits," 24 Feb. 2021 The latter is like a spicy hot toddy in soup form, perfect for winter. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s most exclusive restaurants now serves delicious noodle soups: Takeout diaries," 13 Jan. 2021 British chef Heston Blumenthal’s hot toddy bombe, sold in pretty boxes at Waitrose grocery stores in the UK, inspires the spice cake. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Dessert classics updated: Hot toddy pudding and hazelnut cream pavlovas for Christmas," 18 Dec. 2020 Ladle about 2 tablespoons hot toddy sauce over each pudding. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Dessert classics updated: Hot toddy pudding and hazelnut cream pavlovas for Christmas," 18 Dec. 2020 Next: a wintery classic, the hot toddy, inspires a spice cake transformation with a little whiskey in the batter and more in a creamy sauce enhanced with a bit of lemon., "What to make, buy, eat and drink for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 This month's box focused on the holidays and contains a mug, hot toddy ingredients, a candle, a blanket, and socks. Monica Barnett, NBC News, "6 Black, women-owned businesses to support (that will take your fashion game to the next level!)," 21 Dec. 2020 The Scandinavian hygge-style kit includes a blanket and hot toddy mix, among other items to provide coziness. New York Times, "New Restaurant Offerings Amid the Pandemic," 15 Dec. 2020 The green tea toddy spiked with mint, honey, and lemon. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "25 Booze-Free Mocktail Recipes That Aren't Just Juice," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of toddy

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for toddy

Hindi & Urdu tāṛī juice of the palmyra palm, from tāṛ palmyra palm, from Sanskrit tāla

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1 Mar 2021

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“Toddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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: a hot drink made with whisky, sugar, and water

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