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. Hot apple toddy to the  rescue for a cold, the sniffles, or just because!

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.

Servings 2
Author Amanda



  • 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



  1. Heat cider and water in a saucepan.
  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.

Stay warm this holiday season, my friends.


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