After lots of experimentation and a look into the (really, really interesting!) history of the Hot Toddy, I discovered my favorite method is to go light on the sugar but heavy on the citrus. You know, for its medicinal properties (ahem). —Wonderland Kitchen
Juice the citrus into a footed glass mug. Add spirit of your choice and hot water. Stir in the honey and garnish with a scratch of nutmeg, which "lends a Dickensian note to the whole affair" a friend suggests.