Best Places To Get A Hot Toddy In Cleveland

January 9, 2013 8:00 AM

(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Traditionally, a hot toddy is a warm mixed drink comprised of liquor, water, sugar and some spices. The Northern British traditional recipe uses whiskey, warm milk or boiling water, sugar or honey, and sometimes spices such as cloves and a cinnamon stick. Midwest recipes often use ginger ale, lemon, honey and bourbon, while particular states are known for specific ingredients (for example, Wisconsin is known for using brandy). The best Cleveland restaurants and bars have exactly what you’re looking for on a cold winter day.

The Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-8869

The Velvet Tango Room is legendary among cocktail drinkers in Cleveland. This upscale cocktail lounge is one of a kind, born from the mind of a mysterious man that escaped to Cleveland thinking he was heading to Marseilles. Well, Cleveland definitely profited from that happy accident because this establishment not only serves cocktails, but the staff and patrons believe cocktails are an art to be cherished and relished. If you’re ordering a cocktail here, you know it was made precisely and with care so you only receive the best. This would be a good place to branch out and try something new or to give your particular likes a challenge with made-to-order hot toddies. If it isn’t on the menu, trust that it’s in the bartender’s mind because The VTR is all about experimentation and keeping customers happy with unique drinks.

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Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 589-9112

Lava Lounge is exactly what it sounds like. It is a warm, inviting and very comfortable lounge in Tremont with a vintage vibe and a modern twist. The menu changes often, and the food reflects the chef’s quest for new and exciting dishes in this small and personal location. The bar is intimate as well, sitting close to the back wall, offering an attractive view of the bottle selection and unique decor. The bartenders here serve a delicious hot toddy using hot tea, whiskey and honey. If you’re looking for a warm and relaxing atmosphere to sip a delicious hot toddy in, Lava Lounge is the place to go.

12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 795-0550

Nighttown is known for it’s classy, cool, jazzy vibe; the only way to improve that is with delicious cocktails. From the perfect Tom Collins to the exactitude of a Maker’s Manhattan, enjoy a great mixture of exactly what you want here. With winter upon the city, though, sometimes the warmth from the boozy ingredients in your cocktail isn’t enough. Sometimes you simply need a hot toddy. At Nighttown, when you order one of these warm and tasty refreshments, you may work with the bartender to enjoy a personalized drink. It’s a made-to-order deal here at Nighttown, so you can keep it simple and classy, or try something new and unusual.

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Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-4243

The Flying Fig is a special little restaurant that has a little something for everyone. The interior is cozy and intimate, and the menu offers a seasonal mix of local ingredients prepared to perfection. Don’t overlook the bar and bartenders just because the food is delicious. The cocktails help further define Flying Fig’s reputation. Even a simple martini is special and perfect here. When it comes to hot toddies, the place again does not disappoint with its cider toddy. The Fig takes a traditional toddy and throws in some hard cider for a unique change. Using cider, Tuaca liquer and a cinnamon stick, this toddy is definitely one that will stand out from the others, just like the restaurant.

The Fairmount Martini And Wine Bar
2448 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 229-9463

The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar is more than accommodating. Ask for any sort of cocktail, and the experienced and experimental bartenders will gladly shake or stir something up to match your tastes. From new twists on old favorites to classic cocktails done by the books, it’s all top notch here. Whether you just want whiskey and hot water or brandy, hot water, cinnamon and honey, the bartenders promise pure happiness.

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Kaitlin Dershaw is an Ohio native with a distinct love for Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries from tasty places to eat and drink, to perfectly unique live music venues. Her work can be found at

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