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Jugo Antigripal | Ginger Basil Mezcal Toddy

A few of the things we love most about Mexico? The fantastic street food, the numerous celebrations, and the incredible hospitality. But top of that list is how everyone always has health advice, like fighting a cold. Our most recent trip to Mexico City was the full-on cold season, and everyone was sharing their remedy like this mezcal toddy.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Our Oaxacan friend swears by steeped ginger with honey, our Sinaloan friend says all you need is one shot of each lime juice and mezcal and then to sleep it off, and our friend from Mexico City was all about a hot toddy. 

We took inspiration from all of them and came up with this recipe that combines the best of ginger tea with a Hot Toddy — with a bit of ginger, lime, honey, basil, and mezcal. There’s probably no scientific evidence this does all that much to fight a cold, but we do imagine it makes it more bearable! Btw, we’ve got you covered if you’re asking “what is mezcal?”

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need to have on hand to make this mezcal toddy are:

  • fresh ginger
  • wateer
  • fresh limes
  • fresh basil leaves
  • honey
  • mezcal joven

How To Make This Recipe

Here’s how to make this mezcal toddy:

  1. Peel The Ginger: Peel the ginger and then pulverize it in a mini food processor.
  2. Make The Ginger Tea Base: Juice the limes then combine the ginger, lime peels, and basil and let steep until you like the flavor.
  3. Serve The Mezcal Hot Toddy Cocktail: Place mezcal and honey in a mug then top with the ginger tea base and serve. 

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

{Jugo Antigripal} Ginger Basil Mezcal Toddy Recipe

{Jugo Antigripal} Ginger Basil Mezcal Toddy Recipe

Inspired by our trips to Mexico, this easy recipe for a Mezcal Hot Toddy is made with ginger, lime, and honey.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Steeping Time: 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 87 kcal


For The Mezcal Hot Toddy Cocktails:

  • 1 (6 ounce) piece fresh ginger
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 fresh limes peeled and juiced
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 4 ounces mezcal joven


  • Make The Ginger Tea Base: Use the back of a teaspoon to peel the ginger then finely chop it. Place chopped ginger in a mini food processor and pulse until it's pulverized.
    Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, remove the lime peel in strips, making sure to avoid the white pith. Juice all the limes (you should have about 1 cup of juice).
    Bring the 4 cups of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, lime peels, and basil and set aside off the heat to steep for 10 minutes or until the tea is as ginger-y as you'd like.
  • Make The Mezcal Hot Toddy Cocktails: Place 1 ounce of mezcal and 1 teaspoon of honey in the bottom of four mugs.
    Divide the ginger tea (with the ginger, lime peels, and basil) among the four mugs. Stir to combine and reserved lime juice or more mezcal or honey as desired to make it as sweet or boozy as you'd like. 



Serving: 1servingCalories: 87kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.05gFat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 27IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Easy Cocktail, mezcal cocktails
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2 thoughts on “Jugo Antigripal | Ginger Basil Mezcal Toddy”

  1. the recipe could be delicious, but it’s very confusing. is the tea ginger mint or ginger basil? the ingredient list has basil, no mint. what are you supposed to do with the one cup of lime juice?

    1. Thanks for your feedback. We’ve edited the recipe for clarity. Let us know if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

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