The Perfect Hot Toddy

Today was the first day I noticed a significant temperature drop and a cool breeze drafting through the open windows as I slipped on cozy sweats early this morning. I decided to make something using the oven to warm me up a bit and thought homemade granola would do the trick. As I was waiting on the granola, I made some tea. This got me thinking about great warm fall drinks and the first one that came to mind was The Hot Toddy, commonly used to treat onsetting colds but equally as good when you’re healthy! This recipe was found on Blue Apron which adds their personal touch of cinnamon sticks, Earl Grey tea, and apple cider.Hot-Toddy2 Hot Toddy

We like a nice bourbon in our hot toddies, but you can easily work with any whisky or brandy you have on hand. Be sure to take these off the stove as soon as they’re warmed to your liking; if you keep simmering the drink, the alcohol will begin to cook off.

INGREDIENTS : Serves 4

  • 8 ounces whisky, bourbon, or brandy
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 earl grey tea bags
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS In a small pan over medium-low heat, heat the cider, cinnamon, honey, and whisky until hot, stirring to dissolve the honey. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, and allow the drink to steep for 2 minutes. Remove the tea bags and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Pour into four glass mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and some lemon slices cut into half moons. Enjoy!

Content selected by Sara Chars.

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