On the ninth day of Christmas, mama needed a hot toddy. For those of you not familiar with this libation, it’s a warm cocktail of whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey, usually reserved for medicinal purposes. Like the Thai chicken soup I posted for the third day of Christmas, it’s my go-to when I’m suffering from a cold, but on a chilly, rainy night like tonight, it’s perfect, too.
This version is a cross between mulled cider and a hot toddy. To start, heat apple cider in a saucepan, and add a cinnamon stick or some ground cinnamon and allspice. If you have a cold or a sore throat, add lemon and honey; if not, add an orange slice and a squeeze of its juice. Off the heat, add a healthy dollop of whiskey, rum or brandy and garnish with a slice of fruit.
It’s spicy and comforting and the perfect drink to curl up by a fire with (if your fireplace actually is operable–none of mine are, to my chagrin).
Hot Apple Toddy
A warm and sweet tipple for a chilly evening.
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 -2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 of a satsuma orange juiced
- 1 cinnamon stick or dash ground cinnamon
- 1 slice of an orange
- 2 apple slices
- 1 slice of a lemon
- 2 shots of whiskey bourbon, or brandy
Heat cider and water in a saucepan.
Add cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon.
Add lemon and orange slices and honey.
Stir until the honey dissolves.
Divide into two mugs and add a shot of whiskey to each. Stir and top with an apple slice.
Stay warm this holiday season, my friends.