This delicious Hot Toddy recipe combines Applejack brandy, lemon, and honey 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 honey to complete that trick.
So, yep. This Hot Toddy 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?
Hot Toddy Recipe
Applejack Hot Toddy
- 1 ounce Applejack brandy
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup boiling-hot water
Put brandy, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until granules are dissolved.