So I called on a few of my favorite bartenders to share their favorite hot cocktails to get us through. A chamomile-tequila hot toddy is a glorious innovation. Sometimes, a winning hot toddy combination is also a flexible one. Take this mix of earthy turmeric and nutty sherry from bartender Claire Sprouse, the mastermind behind Hunky Dory in Brooklyn. “Hot toddies can be tricky,” Sprouse says, “because there is so much water involved.