Apple Cider Hot Toddy

If you haven’t tried an Apple Cider Hot Toddy before, now is the time! Get our favorite Fall cocktail recipe below. 

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

There is just something about warm apple cider that screams Fall to me! Add a little bourbon, citrus and spices and I am ready for a perfect Fall afternoon.

So, today I am sharing a family favorite recipe for an Apple Cider Hot Toddy. This is a perfect Fall cocktail to serve for an afternoon gathering.

You can make a big batch in a pot on the stove (or slow cooker) and keep it warm all day. It not only tastes good, but the house will smell delightful!

Fresh or unfiltered apple cider would make this warm cocktail even that much more delicious. I love this spin on the classic Hot Toddy. I cannot wait to make a big pot of Apple Cider Hot Toddies for this Thanksgiving!

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

What is a hot toddy?

A hot toddy is typically a cocktail served warm with whiskey. It usually consists of liquor, hot water, spices, lemon. Often people like to enjoy these drinks during Fall and winter months. 

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

What kind of glass to serve a hot toddy in

A glass mug is most often used to serve a hot toddy. You want something with a handle as the beverage is hot. Here are some of our favorites:

Modern glass mugs 

Vintage copper and glass mugs

Colored glass mug

Brass and glass mugs

Double glass mugs

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

How to make an Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Ingredients (Makes 2 – 3 drinks)

  • 10 ounces good apple cider
  • 4 (or 5) ounces bourbon
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star of anise

Mix the apple cider, cinnamon and star of anise in a sauce pan. Bring to low boil. Turn down heat, simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

Add honey and stir. Add bourbon and fresh lemon and fresh orange juice. Pour into mugs or glasses.

You can garnish the glasses with an apple or lemon wedge.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

What are your favorite Fall cocktails? Our friend Cyd makes an amazing Caramel Apple Sangria that is to die for! 

More Fall recipes to try

Make sure and check out more Fall inspired recipes below. From baked donuts to apple chips and salads, we have you covered! There is something almost magical about using apples, pumpkin and spices that remind all of us of the Fall season.

Favorite Fall Recipes

Check out some of our favorite Fall recipes. Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and more bring the feeling of Fall to food and drinks.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

Photos by Sara Albers.


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