Hot toddys are made a number of ways depending on preference. Toddys prepared with brandy, rum or more traditionally whiskey with hot water, sugar and spices are what is commonly served during the cold weather months to prevent illness. As the temperatures drop and rain moves into Los Angeles, hot toddys sound pretty good. While they’re simple to make, not all of them fare the same. Avoid the lukewarm messes and get a great hot toddy at one of these places in Los Angeles.
Preux & Proper
840 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Still young on the bar scene, Preux & Proper is happy to oblige your request for a delicious hot toddy. Specify between whiskey, rum or brandy and your tender will customize a warm cocktail to your preference. Order it a little zesty with a touch of honey and a whole lotta kick to keep that winter chill from creeping in. Base price starts at $10 and can go up according to brand. And be sure to check out some of Preux & Proper’s New Orleans flavor-infused small plates.
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Casey’s Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Just going by the name, if you were to assume the hot toddys at Casey’s Irish Pub are made with Irish whiskey, you’d be right. Aside from fresh lemon and honey, it’s the whiskey that makes them so good. Jameson is the house choice but for a truly delicious toddy, simply upgrade to some of the finer labels like Redbreast 12 year, Irishman single malt, Midelton very rare, Slieve Foy 8 year single, Fianian’s or Wild Geese Irish Soldiers & Hero single malt.
8022 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Elegant and classy but not stuffy, Pistola provides attentive and friendly service. And if you’re feeling under the weather or looking to shrug off the LA chill, this is the perfect place for a hot toddy. Step to the left of the whiskey tradition and order a hot toddy with one of Pistola’s fine cognacs. A little spicy with a touch of zest and a warm smile from the bartender will have you feeling like a million bucks.
Tiki-Ti Cocktail Lounge
4427 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hot toddys are known for helping a person feel better, but what if you’re already feeling fine? The hot toddys at Tiki-Ti will only make you feel better. The hot toddy is not on the menu but the bartenders are happy to accommodate. Choose your poison of spicy or flavored rum with a squeeze of tropical fresh fruit that will lift your spirit. Perhaps then you’ll feel brave enough to let fate choose your next cocktail and take a spin of the cocktail wheel.
The Roger Room
370 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
A cozy, unassuming little bar on La Cienega, The Roger Room is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for some quiet comfort. Enjoy dim lighting, low ceiling, friendly bartenders and little booths you can snuggle up into and just be. The hot toddy is not on the menu but the bartenders all know how to make them right. You choose the spirit and they’ll do the rest.
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