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A hot toddy is a warm drink made from liquor and other add-ins, and people typically drink it to relieve cold or flu symptoms in cold weather. While a hot toddy is traditionally made with honey, lemon juice, whiskey, and water, there are plenty of ways to put a spin on the classic recipe. Read on below for four great unusual hot toddy recipes to keep you warm through the winter.
Apple cider hot toddy
This apple cider hot toddy is a perfect hot toddy recipe for the fall and winter and can be easily made in just 10 minutes. Start by mixing 1 ½ ounce of bourbon with a tablespoon of honey in a large mug. In a small saucepan, heat half a cup of apple cider with 5 whole cloves, a cinnamon stick, and an anise star. Simmer the mixture in the saucepan for about ten minutes, then strain it into the mug and stir it together with your honey and bourbon.
Chai tea hot toddy
Chai tea is a popular drink by itself as well as when made into a chai tea latte, but its use in a hot toddy may be less common. For this spicy twist on the drink, start by bringing two cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Remove the pot from the heat and add four chai tea bags or half a cup of loose-leaf chai tea. Let the mixture steep for five to six minutes, then remove the tea bags or strain out the loose-leaf tea.
Stir in 1½ cups of milk, ¼ cup of honey, and ¼ cup of sugar. Return the pot to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar has fully dissolved. Remove the pot from heat for a final time and stir in six ounces of rum and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Gingerbread hot toddy
It may not be Christmas anymore, but a gingerbread hot toddy can still be a great way to enjoy a holiday treat while keeping the cold and sickness at bay. To make this, start by preparing a cup of hot gingerbread tea, then moving two ounces of it into a small mug. Add in ½ teaspoon of molasses and a teaspoon of sugar and stir until dissolved. Finally, add an ounce of bourbon and garnish the drink with an orange slice.
Maple ginger hot toddy
For another recipe that uses ginger, which can be a powerful aid in helping treat nausea and stomach sickness, try this maple ginger hot toddy. Start by putting two bags of your choice of ginger tea into a mug, then pour ¾ cup of boiling water into the mug. Let the mixture steep for five to six minutes, then remove the tea bags.
Next, stir in 1 ½ ounces of your favorite maple-flavored bourbon, as well as four teaspoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of maple syrup. If you’d like, finish off the drink by garnishing it with a lemon wedge or a creatively sliced lemon peel.