Drinks

December 11, 2021

Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy

This Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy is a warm soothing drink with an apple-flavored twist. Perfect for a cold winter evening!

Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy

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!

Ingredient Notes

  • Hot Water
  • 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

Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy

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!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this warm drink. We praise you for allowing us to enjoy our drink in the presence of friends and family.

Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy

Related Recipes

Want more holiday cocktails? Try my healthy apple cider spritzer or my allergy-friendly eggnog!

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Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy

This Naturally Sweetened Apple Hot Toddy is a warm soothing drink with an apple-flavored twist. Perfect for a cold winter evening!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

1

Prep:

5

min

cook:

0

min

total:

5

min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Ounce Whiskey
  • 1/2 Ounce Apple Brandy
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Garnish: sliced lemon, apple slice, cinnamon stick, star anise

Instructions

  1. Pour the hot water, apple cider, whiskey, brandy, and lemon juice into a glass.
  2. Taste and add apple cider or lemon juice to adjust the sweetness. Garnish and enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography