Apple Cider Hot Toddy

  • Apple Cider Hot Toddy

    Sometimes the week goes by terribly, unbelievably slow and Friday can’t come soon enough.  And then there are other days that zoom by without any warning and next thing you know, wham, bam!  I’m getting emails about Thanksgiving.  What the heck?  I haven’t planned out what I’m doing for Halloween…

    For days when everything is happening too fast, a stiff drink is definitely in order.

    Apple Cider Hot Toddy

    Hot toddy is a classic winter beverage.  It is served warm and strong.  My apple cider hot toddy is comprised of the same components of a tradition toddy with the additional kick of spiced apple cider.

    Be warned.  Ever since apple picking this past weekend, I have been on an apple and apple cider frenzy.  The next couple of weeks will be filled with apple recipes.  I have a gallon of cider and a few pounds of apples to go through.

    This apple cider hot toddy is my drink of choice as I try to relax and regain my sanity before I must start planning the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Apple Cider Hot Toddy

    note: I used honey whiskey to amp up the honey flavors.  You can also substitute rum or brandy.  If you like drinks sweet, add a ton of honey as this drink is pretty strong. 

    Apple Cider Hot Toddy

    Yield: serves 2-3

    Prep Time:5 minutes

    Cook Time:15 minutes

    Total Time:20 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • 10 oz apple cider
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 star anise
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
    • 4 oz honey whiskey, or whiskey of choice
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

    Directions:

    1. In a saucepot, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and cover with a lid.  Allow spices to steep for 10-15 minutes.  Strain spices.  Stir in honey to dissolve.  Add whiskey and lemon juice.  Stir to combine.  Add more honey according to taste, if desired.
    2. Serve with sliced apples, sliced lemons, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.

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    Comments

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Bring on the apple recipes!! The more the better, in my opinion. Especially if there is alcohol involved…:-). Gorgeous drink!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thank you Liz! There’s another apple recipe coming up this week ;) I have to space them out so I don’t get tried of them!

    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    You really are a genius when it comes to boozy beverages. I love your creativity with this hot toddy. And honey whiskey is my all time favorite! Pinning!

    Thalia+@+butter+and+brioche

    I really wish I had one of these hot toddys to devour right now.. I can definitely see myself making the recipe this upcoming Christmas season too!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      I wish I could just send you a cup! This would totally be perfect for the Christmas season!

    Zainab @Blahnik Baker

    Oh this is just incredible!! I am all about apples this week, this month and hopefully all winter :)

    Annie @ ciaochowbambina

    These look absolutely delicious and I love your photos!

    Carla (@charliesue)

    No, seriously. I feel like you’ve been making all your recipes especially for me this past week or so. DELICIOUS.

    Julie

    This looks delicious! Can you make this in a crock pot to keep warm throughout a dinner party? If so when would you add the alcohol?

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Julie! Follow the directions as is, including adding the alcohol. Then you can transfer it to a crock pot and keep it warm on the low setting. The whiskey should not evaporate.

    Cindy Rodriguez

    I love a good hot toddy especially now that the nights are getting cooler in LA, finally! This looks so delicious!