Darcy Miller, Darcy Miller Designs, Holiday, Holiday Party, DIY Hot Toddy Kit

It’s a one-person bar cart, a party activity, and an ideal holiday gift all in one! A DIY Hot Toddy Kit is also a great favor at a fall wedding or shower, activity for a birthday party or Thanksgiving gathering, or treat to bring along while tailgating.

Just slip everything you need to mix a hot toddy into a mug, add our printable instructions for whipping up different varieties, and tie it all together with a bow. Now you’ve got a great gift for all the grownups on your list, or a fun favor to hand to each guest at a holiday party or winter wedding.

Whether they’re making their hot toddies at home, or everyone at your party is having fun acting as their own mixologist, all they’ll need is boiling water and they’ll be ready to mix a winter classic that will warm them right up. Plus, it leaves the whole house smelling like the holidays!

Our printable recipe cards give suggestions for several versions of a hot toddy, so that everyone can mix theirs to suit their taste. Options include the citrusy Classic, sweet Maple (just melt in a maple candy), hot Spicy (add chili pepper) and a Virgin option, too (swap the booze for tea!).

The DIY Hot Toddy kit also includes a downloadable template for a printable label so you can write the name of the person you’re giving it to, or add a message like Happy Holidays.

It’s a fun way to simplify bartending at a party (everyone mixes their own drink!) and an interactive activity to DIT (Do It Together) before going out into the frosty air to look at the stars, build a snowman, ice skate, or whatever other winter wonders you have in mind.

If you’re using them at a party, write each guest’s name on them using glass markers so no one mixes up their mug. And if you’re missing loved ones this holiday season, drop off the DIY hot toddy kit at their home and arrange a time for a zoom happy hour when you can each mix your toddy and toast together! Whatever the occasion, long after the toddy has been tasted, every time your friends see their mugs, they’ll think of you and it will warm their hearts.

What You’ll Need

  • For each gift, pack up
  • 1 Mug
  • 1 mini bottle of bourbon, rum, whiskey, or brandy
  • 1 Dried lemon slice
  • 1 Dried orange
  • Candied ginger pieces
  • 1 stick of rock candy
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 Dried chili pepper
  • 1 Maple sugar candy
  • 1 Muslin bag
  • 1 Tea bag – try Earl Grey
  • 1 ribbon
  • Hey, Hot Toddy recipe and label template
  • Card stock or paper
  • Scissors


Step 1  Download our Hey, Hot Toddy recipe template, print, and cut out.

Step 2 Place rock candy, maple candy, ginger, chili pepper, star anise, and tea bag inside the muslin bag and cinch closed.

Step 3  Slip mini bottle, packed muslin bag, dried fruit slices, cinnamon stick, and Hey, Hot Toddy recipe card into mug. Tie with a ribbon and you’re good to gift!