Spiced Hot Toddy

Spiced Hot Toddy: a soothing concoction of orange spiced tea, honey, lemon, and whiskey. 

Spiced Hot Toddy

Coming back from a vacation is always tough. Especially, when that vacation is your honeymoon.

Yes, it’s true! After 7 years of dating and 16 months of wedding planning, Alex and I are finally married!

(Here’s a photo of the wedding cake I made. Read all about the wedding here: part 1 and part 2.)

Spiced Hot Toddy

Today we’re talking spiced hot toddy. We returned home two days ago and I am not ready to even start thinking about Thanksgiving next week.

Luckily, Alex and I aren’t doing any of the cooking this year!!! The entire wedding process was stressful enough.

We’re relaxing this year and letting someone else do the cooking. I am, however, in charge of beverages and cocktails.

Spiced Hot Toddy

Out of all the holiday cocktails, the hot toddy is my favorite. I can pass on spiked eggnog, hot buttered rum, and even a boozy hot chocolate, but hot toddy is my weakness.

It’s more than a cocktail!

It’s not just a cocktail, it’s also quite therapeutic and the honey and lemon are perfect for soothing a sore throat.

A few years ago, I made this apple cider hot toddy. This time I’m going the somewhat traditional route using black tea as the base.

Plain black tea works, but I suggest trying out this orange spiced tea.

Spiced Hot Toddy

Spiced Hot Toddy

Spiced Hot Toddy

This the perfect warm beverage for a chilly autumn night. It’ll definitely help you relax and unwind.

And in my case, it’s easing the transition from vacation mode to normal life a heck of a lot easier. CHEERS!

Spiced Hot Toddy

Yield: makes 1, multiply as needed

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon spiced simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon, whiskey, or brandy of choice
  • 6 oz orange spiced tea, (recipe in note)

Spiced Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-inch orange peel
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled, sliced into disks


  1. In a serving glass, add honey, lemon juice, spiced simply syrup, bourbon, and hot orange spiced tea. Stir together until honey has dissolved. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and lemon slices. Enjoy warm.

Spiced Simple Syrup:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, combine water, sugar, cinnamon, orange peel, and ginger. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow spices to steep for 30 minutes (longer, if you prefer intense flavor). Strain out spices and keep simple syrup refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

*Recipe for Orange Spiced Tea

All images and text ┬ęThe Little Epicurean

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Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Yay, congratulations! I love Hot Toddies this time of year – so perfect for warming up the body :).

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Absolutely gorgeous pictures, wow!


Congrats on the wedding! Your wedding cake is stunning and so is this hot toddy ;)

Sandi G

This is my very favorite winter drink :-)

Jenny | Honey and Birch

A hot toddy is a great way to relax post-honeymoon!! Congratulations!

Sharon @What The Fork

What a great drink to have to relax after a long day (or week)! I love how simple this is as well!

Cina H.

This was wonderful! First time having this and first time making it. Really enjoyed it.

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