The Rum Toddy cocktail is a popular drink that has been around for centuries. The first time it appears in print was in the 18th century when Charles Thompson wrote about it in his 1795 book, "The Gentleman's Amusement". It is unclear where the name “Rum Toddy” comes from. Many people believe that it originally came from the West Indies due to the use of rum, which was popular at this time. Others suggest that it comes from British sailors who found comfort drinking this drink while they were away at sea. It is a cold cocktail typically made with rum, water, lemon juice or lemon peel, and syrup mixed together and served chilled. It was traditionally considered to be good for preventing colds and other illnesses; but this has since been discredited.