Every so often it’s nice to spend the afternoon relaxing with friends, unwinding with a delicious glass of wine or beer. But when fall hits and the weather drops, I always find myself wanting something warm – and a hot toddy does just the trick. This cold-weather beverage is served hot and is bursting with the flavorful spices that come hand-in-hand with autumn. Today I have not one but three hot toddy recipes: one classic, one non-alcoholic, and one a bit on the unique side – all equally delicious.
1. The Perfect Hot Toddy
This is the original hot toddy that we all know and love. To be sure I had this recipe down pat, I turned to Brendan, one of the expert bartenders at a favorite Philadelphia bar and restaurant – Standard Tap.
1 ¼ oz whiskey
1 cup boiling water
1-2 tbsp honey
3 lemon wedges
8-10 whole cloves
“Add 1 ¼ oz of whiskey and a nice gloppy amount of honey into a glass or mug. Squeeze a few lemon wedges and then pour boiling water on it, then mix to dissolve. Take a lemon wedge and fill each lemony section with a clove, poking it in pointy side first. It looks pretty and spices up the toddy nicely.”
2. The Not Toddy
For any of you who don’t drink alcohol, dislike whiskey, or just want something flavorful to sip all day long, this recipe is for you! It may be more of a glorified cup of tea than a hot toddy, but I love it just the same.
6 oz hot tea
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp ground or whole cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lemon wedge
First pour the honey, lemon, and spices into a glass or mug. Top with hot tea, stir, and add a lemon wedge for garnish.
3. The Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy
This recipe is slightly more involved, as you must first ginger-infuse your apple cider, but it’s not difficult! I love it because the apple cider adds to the beautiful autumnal aroma, while the ginger soothes the stomach.
6 oz ginger-infused apple cider
1 slice fresh ginger
1 tsp honey
2 oz whiskey
1 slice lemon
To infuse your apple cider, first, peel and chop several slices of ginger. Bring 6-8 ounces of apple cider to a boil in a nonaluminum pot. Once the cider boils, add in ginger. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Puree your mixture in a blender and strain using a cheesecloth.
To make the toddy, add the whiskey to your ginger-infused cider while the cider is still hot. Stir in honey. Pour into a glass or mug, and garnish with lemon and ginger slice.
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