“Hot Toddy” And Other Mixed Drinks That Have Inspired Songs

We’ve come a long way from “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” when it comes to name-dropping alcohol in music. Today’s artists get paid big bucks to sing about certain vodkas, or have a name-brand bottle of booze appear in their videos. But then some alcohol-inspired songs seem to be purely organic, created purely as a true tribute to a particular beverage. One of the most recent examples—a Jay-Z and Usher’s collaboration, “Hot Toddy.” What is a Hot Toddy, the uninitiated may ask? It is a mix of whiskey, boiling water, honey, lemon, and cinnamon. Sound like the drink needs all the publicity it can get.

Check out other mixed drinks that artists have honored with ballads.

  • Gin and Juice. Snoop Dogg keeps it basic, choosing a two-ingredient beverage to accompany his thug life. When your favorite drink is that simple to make, it is easy to keep your mind on your money.
  • Champagne Supernova. This Oasis song is a tribute to a drink that combines champagne, port and bourbon. So when the lyrics of the song ask, “Where were you when we were getting high?” I can understand why the person might not give an answer. If I had a few of these I would have no idea where I was either.
  • Tequila Sunrise. This is how The Eagles liked to start off their mornings, with a mix of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. Though the drink sounds like a tasty substitute for a Bloody Mary, the drink didn’t help them get the girl but could have possibly inspired a trip to Mexico “where the pace of life is slow.” So I will call it a draw.

These are just a few boozy songs. What are your favorites?