Applejack Hot Toddy Recipe

Applejack Hot Toddy - Just 3 simple ingredients make this comforting winter cocktail |

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.

Hot Toddy For a Cold

Hot Toddy’s 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!

Hot Toddy Ingredients

A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whisky, rum or brandy), boiling water, and honey or sugar for sweetening. 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 Hot Toddy recipe, but definitely not boring.

How to Make a Hot Toddy

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. It adds the perfect hint of sweetness.

So, yep. This Hot Toddy cocktail recipe 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


Hot Toddy Recipe

This delicious Hot Toddy recipe is perfect for chilly weather. Learn several variations on how to make a hot toddy - with tea, apple cider, brandy, bourbon, or rum. 
4.67 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup boiling-hot water


  • Put whiskey, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.
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Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 3.9mg

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  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    How cozy! Have a very merry Christmas!


    1. Erin

      Merry Christmas to you too Meredith!


  2. Create/Enjoy

    What a treat!
    Your close-up food photos are so nice!!!


  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    What a tasty drink for cold, windy days like today!


  4. Erin

    That sounds perfect for these dreary, rainy days. Is 10:30am too early to have one?!


    1. Erin

      Definitely NOT Erin! Feel free to enjoy at all times of the day 😉


  5. Catherine

    This is so up my alley right now! I think I’m fighting a bit of a cold, and a hot toddy would be a delightful way to make sure my throat is healthy for the holiday.


    1. Erin

      I hope you feel better soon Catherine! Be sure to drink a couple of these to help soothe your sore throat!


  6. Pech

    This sounds amazing for warming up from a cold day or even prescribing for a sore throat!


    1. Erin

      The best kind of medicine Pech!


  7. Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

    I only recently discovered honey granules myself, and use them in my tea on a regular basis. I love them and have been telling everyone who will listen how awesome they are. Your applejack toddy sounds delicious and warming from the inside out – we will have to give it a try!


    1. Erin

      Aren’t they great Renee?! I love the honey granules! Happy holidays!


  8. Courtney

    Honey granules! Great tip, and new to me. This toddy sounds delicious. Thank you and happy holidays!


  9. Robin | CaliGirl Cooking

    This looks amazing! I’m going to have to give it a try. I’d love to chat more with you too (I think our blogs have a lot in common!) but am having trouble finding your “contact me” section. Let me know the best way to reach out to you! XO


    1. Erin

      Hi Robin – Thank you! Love that you’re a self-proclaimed “cork dork”! Birds of a feather should flock together! Feel free to email me at!


  10. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

    Ooh yummy! My husband would love this. I hope you have a great Christmas, Erin!!


  11. pam

    Sounds so good! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!


    1. Erin

      I’d love to Pam – How do I do that?


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