tod·​dy | \ˈtä-dē \
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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The menu consists of cold-weather favorites like s'mores and hot toddies. Alyson Krueger, Vogue, "Where to Watch the Winter Olympics, Craft Cocktail in Hand," 9 Feb. 2018 Wrap up your long day of adventure with a cozy hot toddy, and get an antioxidant boost from the blueberries! Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 The hot toddy is to winter what the bourbon smash is to warmer months. Liza Weisstuch,, "It’s time to Smash N’ Dash," 31 May 2018 Maverick Coffee Olympic athlete Mitchell Watt opened a coffee shop in north Scottsdale that does both a toddy style and Kyoto cold brew, a slow-drip process. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Where to get your caffeine fix in Phoenix when Starbucks stores close on May 29," 28 May 2018 Art in the Age Tasting Room & Home Bar Supply 116 N. Third St., Philadelphia, 215-922-2600, When to go: Aim for Thursdays, when a weekly happy hour brings one-off specials like the recent Rye Eagles Rye green-tea toddy. Samantha Melamed,, "Old City has a secret cocktail bar. It's in the back of the Art in the Age boutique," 14 Mar. 2018 Typically a hot toddy is a warm beverage, a mixed drink with a brandy or whiskey base. Lodro Rinzler, Marie Claire, "Deciphering His Vague, Confusing, Off-Putting and Totally Awkward Text Messages," 3 Jan. 2014 Don’t forget about the adults, and serve the ideal camping beverage: a honey-bourbon hot toddy. Alejandra Bennett, Sunset, "10 Great First Birthday Party Ideas," 22 Jan. 2018 Some people swear by having a hot toddy, which combines whiskey, honey, lemon juice, and water. Korin Miller, SELF, "Lea Michele Swears This Soup Is a 'Flu-Buster'," 5 Feb. 2018

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

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