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Apple Hot Toddy

Apple Hot Toddy

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Baby it is cold outside, which means it is time to enjoy an Apple Hot Toddy!  Now that winter has finally hit the Bay Area, we have been enjoying cozy cocktails in the evenings.  This is one for an Apple Hot Todd has become a favorite.


Apple Hot Toddy


This is a recipe I developed for Eat Boutique last year, and we wanted to feature alcohol that was reminiscent of the cooler months ahead.  That being said, you will definitely want to use a dark alcohol such as a bourbon or rye as they mingle so much better with apple cider simple syrup than a vodka or gin would.  Plus they both taste better when warmed.

The orange wedge adds a bit of brightness as well as holiday glamour;  don’t you agree?

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Recipe:  Apple Hot Toddy


  • 1 ounce apple simple syrup (recipe below – you will have extra)
  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 4 ounces hot water
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 4 cloves


  • 2 cups unsweetened apple cider
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • Small sauce pan

How to:

  1. Fill a thick glass cocktail glass with the simple syrup. Stir in a small amount of hot water to dissolve the syrup.
  2. Pour in the whiskey and stir.
  3. Add the remaining hot water and stir.
  4. Slightly squeeze some of the orange juice into the glass and then garnish with the wedge.
  5. Serve and drink.


  1. Place the ingredients into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Bottle and place in the refrigerator. The simple syrup will thicken upon cooling.
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Thursday 18th of December 2014

It would have been lovely to sip one of these gems at the hangout. We don't see much white on west coast winters, but a bev such as this would conjure up a snowy wonderland. Good tidings and joy to you and yours. Cheers!


Wednesday 17th of December 2014

I can only imagine how glamorous I'd feel on a blustery day, sipping on a hot toddy next to the cocoon like warmth by the fire. Orange with cloves is a wonderfully warm combination.