When you have the sniffles, a sore throat and you have a cold it is time for a toddy. One of the nicest things about a hot toddy is this lovely sounding name. The word toddy appears to be a variation of a Hindu word tari which I believe means sweet alcoholic drink made of palm sap. The word is more generally used in Scotland and has been used by Robert Burns in poems meaning a generic alcoholic drink. Today the word is almost always used to describe a hot sweetened drink of spirits and water.