On the ninth day of Christmas, mama needed a hot toddy, or more specifically a Hot Apple Toddy with Bourbon. 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. Hot apple toddy to the rescue for a cold, the sniffles, or just because!

This Hot Apple Toddy with Bourbon 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. 

saucepan of warm cider for hot apple toddy

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).

3.2 from 5 votes

Hot Apple Toddy with Bourbon

This Hot Apple Toddy with Bourbon is a warm and sweet tipple for a chilly evening.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple toddy, hot apple cider, hot apple toddy, Hot Apple Toddy with Bourbon, hot toddy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 195 kcal
Author Amanda



  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 -2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 satsuma juiced
  • 1 cinnamon stick or dash ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange slice
  • 2 apple slices
  • 1 slice of a lemon
  • 3 ounces bourbon or whiskey or brandy



  1. Heat cider and water in a saucepan over low heat.

  2. Add cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon.
  3. Add lemon and orange slices and honey.
  4. Stir until the honey dissolves.
  5. Divide into two mugs and add a shot of whiskey to each. Stir and top with an apple slice.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Apple Toddy with Bourbon
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 29IU1%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Stay warm this holiday season, my friends. Looking for more holiday cocktails?

hot apple toddy photo