Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Hot toddy is a classic winter beverage that is served warm and strong. This apple cider hot toddy has the additional kick of spiced apple cider.

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

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Hot toddy is a classic winter beverage.  It is served warm and strong.  This 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

Author Maryanne Cabrera


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


  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. 

  2. Strain spices. Stir in honey to dissolve. Add whiskey and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Add more honey according to taste, if desired. Serve with sliced apples, sliced lemons, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.

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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!

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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.


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!

Anna Martinussen

Hi, if you I want to serve the drink with a foam, what kind of foam would you recommend? Thanks.

Robin Diullo

I enjoy making hot beverages when its snowing and cold and I appreciate you letting me share your recipes with you


What should my new favorite winter drink be called?
It’s Hot hard apple cider with a shot of Jameson?
Suggestions for simple additions are welcome! I want to call it something appropriate for its Jameson root.

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