This delicious Hot Toddy combines Applejack brandy, lemon, and Tate + Lyle® Honey Granules for a warm winter cocktail that’s as soothing as it is delicious.
What better way to start off the holidays than with a warm, festive cocktail? Actually, this post is really all about health, and alcohol. I’m going old school here and fixing some hot toddies. These drinks were traditionally imbibed before retiring for the night, or in wet, cold weather. Many believe the drink relieves cold and flu symptoms. In How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as “the Vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb.” Cheers to a cold medicine that gets you a bit tipsy at the same time!
A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whisky, rum or brandy), boiling water, and honey or sugar. Additional ingredients such as ginger, cloves, lemon or cinnamon are often also added. The drink can also be made with tea instead of water.
I’m keeping things simple with this recipe, but definitely not boring.
First, I’m using apple brandy. This stuff is delicious! But, it’s been sitting amongst all my other bottles of seldom used liquors, which I keep next to my stove, because generally, when I’m using liquors, I’m using them in cooking – Sherry, Vermouth, Vodka. I used this apple brandy in these amazing Salted Caramel Apple Tartlets. Because… Why not spike the salted caramel sauce? Why not also give some apple flavor to your extremely comforting mug of hot toddy?
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens things up a bit. But, Mr. Toddy needs a bit of sweetening too.
I’m using a spoonful of my Tate + Lyle® Honey Granules to complete that trick. I’ve talked about my love of these Honey Granules before. In fact, it’s been ages since I bought an actual jar of honey because I just can’t imagine dealing with that sticky mess anymore. You know the drill – You flip the honey bear on its head, so that the honey will all move towards the lid, making it easier to get out… But then, you wake up the next morning and the honey is all over the insides of your cupboard…Arrrggh! Distant not-so-fond memories. With the Honey Granules, you just scoop out what you need and sprinkle them into your beverage. Easy-Peasy-1-2-3sy. Honey Granules can also be used in many different types of baked good recipes as a substitute for either some, or all, of the granulated sugar called for in the recipe and will add a touch of exquisite honey flavor. Check out these Honey Cream Scones!
So, yep. This cocktail is easy. And it only takes three ingredients. AND, start to finish, it took me 3 minutes flat. Do I have you convinced to take your cough medicine yet?
Applejack Hot Toddy
- 1 ounce Applejack brandy
- 1 tablespoon Tate + Lyle® Honey Granules
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup boiling-hot water
Put brandy, honey granules, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until granules are dissolved.
- To avoid the sticky mess, but still taste the delicious flavor, check out the Tate+Lyle® Store Locator to find Honey Granules at a Walmart store near you!
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