Wanna make a bartender angry? Ask for a hot toddy. Well, we’re home and I haven’t been to a bar in a whole minute. Several minutes. February to be exact. So I’ve been playing around with what drinks I like best at home.
I tend to be picky about my drinks in general. I’m not a beer fan. Not a wine fan (gasp!) I like hard liquors but prefer to mix them with things. One thing I never thought to do was mix my drinks with something warm until recently when I tried making a traditional hot toddy at home.
With the cold brings the drafts into our house — life on a slab! In the winter I want a cozy drink when I’m sitting down to watch a movie on a chilly weekend night.
After figuring out that a hot toddy was pretty much my jam for the cold nights, I started making them a little more often. Recently I came across a cinnamon apple spiced tea and thought I should marry the two.
I was actually pleasantly surprised with how good this cinnamon spiced apple tea hot toddy came out. Think like a spiked apple cider. It’s cozy and perfect for a chilly night — or a warm night if that’s your thing, too. No judgments here.
Here’s my super easy approach to a spiced apple tea hot toddy — it’s a really fun seasonal twist on a traditional hot toddy. You can use any brand of cinnamon spiced apple tea, I used Celestial Seasonings because it’s what was available to me. You can also use dark rum or bourbon in place of whiskey, again though, I just used what was available to me and what I liked. This recipe is definitely flexible, so let your drink flag fly!
Cinnamon apple spice tea
2 tsp Honey
2 tsp Lemon
1 shot of Whiskey
Bring a cup of water to a boil.
Steep your tea for 3-4 minutes.
Add the honey and lemon and stir
Add in one shot of either dark rum, bourbon or whiskey — dealer’s choice!
Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to finish.
If you make this, let me know! I’d love to see how it turns out.