This Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy is a warm soothing drink with an apple-flavored twist. Perfect for a cold winter evening!
Ahhh the hot toddy. It's well known for being a soothing drink, and can actually have some benefits if you're feeling a little under the weather. Lemon juice and a bit of hard liquor can help clear out your nasal system.
Even if you're not sick, a hot toddy is just one of those warm beverages you'll want to curl up with next to the fire. Or, ya know, on the couch.
Why this Hot Toddy recipe is different
This hot toddy recipe is different than your typical hot toddy for two reasons:
It's apple flavored! A regular hot toddy is made from lemon juice, honey, and whiskey. This recipe has a twist of apple flavor from apple cider and apple brandy.
It's naturally sweetened! No honey or maple syrup in this recipe. Both apple cider and apple brandy are made from just apples - they are highly concentrated so they give a strong sweet apple flavor.
Why I love this Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy
Dietary needs —this recipe is plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened! No sugar or maple syrup here - just apples
Warm and soothing — hot toddies are the perfect warm and soothing drink for a cold day
Quick and easy — it only takes 5 minutes to whip up a hot toddy and this drink is very beginner friendly. No crazy mixing!
Apple Cider: find a cider with no added sugar - many ciders are like this since they are naturally very sweet
Whiskey: your choice of whiskey is up to you. I used a mid-tier bourbon. But any whiskey you like will be great.
Apple Brandy: a regular brandy is distilled from grapes, but apple brandy is distilled from - you guessed it - apples! It has a sweet flavor that goes so well in this drink because it's only made from apples. You should be able to find apple brandy at your local liquor store.
Lemon Juice: fresh is best!
Garnish: sliced lemon, apple slice, cinnamon stick, star anise
How to make this Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy
Step 1. Pour the hot water, apple cider, whiskey, brandy, and lemon juice into a glass.
Step 2. Taste and add apple cider or lemon juice to adjust the sweetness. Garnish and enjoy!
Thank you God for this warm drink. We praise you for allowing us to enjoy our drink in the presence of friends and family.