Fall is finally upon us. Long, hot summer days are replaced with cooler, chilly evenings. We replace our sundresses and flip flops for cozy sweaters and jeans. Iced coffee turns into hot chocolate. White wine morphs into warm, cozy cocktails. And then there's the classic hot toddy. A hot toddy is composed of alcohol mixed with hot water, lemon, honey, sugar and/or spices. Here's our top five favorite recipes!
#5. The Classic Hot Toddy
1 measure of whisky
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 slice of lemon
1 tsp honey
1. Put 1 tsp of honey and a measure of whisky in a mug or heatproof glass.
2. Add two cloves and half a cinnamon stick then top up with just-off-the-boil water.
3. Stir in a slice of lemon and just enough lemon juice to balance the sweetness of the honey.
4. Drink as soon as it doesn't burn your lips.
Go easy on the cloves. Use water that is just off the boil. Putting a spoon in the glass will prevent it cracking as you pour the water in. Use a lightly flavored honey so it doesn't make your toddy taste like cough mixture. Drink while it is still quite hot – it will be more soothing that way.
#4. Apple Cider Hot Toddy
1 green tea or black tea bag (I like Tazo China Green Tips)
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon (I like Bulleit)
1 ounce real apple cider**
1/2 small lemon
Garnishes: thin, round slices of lemon, a cinnamon stick, and star anise
**Be sure to use real, unfiltered apple cider (it should be murky). Locally produced cider tends to be fresher and contain fewer (if any) additives. Spiced cider is good, too.
1. Heat water to the boiling point and pour over the tea bag in a mug. Leave about an inch of room in your mug for the whiskey and cider. Let the tea steep for a few minutes, then discard the bag so the tea doesn’t get bitter.
2. Pour in the whiskey or bourbon and a hefty splash of apple cider (adjust these amounts to suit your tastes). Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and garnish with lemon slices, a cinnamon stick and a star anise. Sip up.
#3. Pumpkin Hot Toddy
2 TBSP pumpkin spice concentrate
2 oz Captain Morgan (you can double if you like a stiff drink)
3/4 cup hot milk (I used flax milk to add a little nutrition but any milk is fine)
Whipped Cream (homemade recipe below)
Whipped Cream Ingredients
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
Add all together and whisk until thick (usually about 3 minutes full speed on the kitchenaid)
1. Put 2 TBSP pumpkin spice puree into coffee cup
2. Add 3/4 cup hot milk and a shot of Captain morgan.
3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
#2. Hot Cinnamon Toddy
1 Hot Cinnamon Sunrise tea sachet (this tea is also called Hot Cinnamon Spice)
Splash of bourbon
Cinnamon sticks - optional
1. Add tea bag to glass.
2. Top with boiling water and let steep for 8 minutes.
3. Add a splash (or more...) of bourbon and enjoy!
4. Make it look fancy with cinnamon sticks, if desired.
#1. Smoked Maple Bourbon Chai Tea
6 ounces steaming hot water
2 chai tea bags
3 ounces Knob Creek Maple Bourbon
1 ounce half-and-half
Cinnamon stick for garnish
1. Pour the steaming water over the chai tea bags in a heatproof mug.
2. Let steep for 3 minutes, then remove the tea bags.
3. Add the maple bourbon and half-and-half and stir to combine.
4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
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