Festive Hot Toddy Recipe

Warm your soul with this homemade hot toddy recipe! This adult beverage mixes the hot toddy ingredients of cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, and citrus for a delicious winter drink. It is the perfect winter cocktail for any occasion!

A cup of hot toddy

Nothing like drinking on the job at 11AM. That totally happened a few weeks ago when Linley and I were shooting recipes at Fit Foodie HQ. There may have even been shots taken…I guess you’ll never know :)

This simple festive hot toddy recipe is a classic cocktail recipe for our families during the holiday season. There is nothing like having a big pitcher or dutch oven full of cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and greenery. It doubles as a drink and a decoration.

How to Make a Hot Toddy

There is a short list of hot toddy ingredients that you need for this recipe.

  • Fireball (or your favorite whiskey)
  • Apple Cider
  • Rosemary
  • Oranges
  • Cinnamon

The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it for two or for a crowd. When making a hot toddy for two, I tend to follow our exact recipe. If I am making this hot toddy recipe for a crowd I tend to add a little of this and a little of that and see how it goes. If you are not as comfortable adding ingredients to taste, no problem! Just multiply the hot toddy ingredients to match your group of people. It seriously makes the best holiday cocktail. Or? It makes the perfect cocktail for a cozy night in.

All you have to do is add all of your hot toddy ingredients to a pot, bring it to a boil, and serve. Don’t have oranges? Use a different citrus. No rosemary? Use thyme. The options to make this cocktail your own are endless.

If you are looking for multiple holiday cocktails to make this season, check out some of the recipes below from my favorite bloggers!

Warm your soul with a homemade cocktail this holiday season! From a hot toddy to a martini, you've got options!

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Recipe

Festive Hot Toddy Recipe

Warm your soul with this homemade hot toddy recipe! This adult beverage mixes the hot toddy ingredients of cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, and citrus for a delicious winter drink. It is the perfect winter cocktail for any occasion!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 4
Category: Drink
Method: Stovetop
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries (more for garnish)
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (and 2 cinnamon sticks- if you have them)
  • 4 1.5 oz. shots of Fireball

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients minus the fireball into a large pot. Turn to high heat and bring to a boil. Then, reduce to low and let simmer, uncovered, for 10-20 minutes or until cranberries begin to soften.
  2. Add a shot of fireball to 4 glasses and then add 1 cup of the cider mixture on top. Garnish with fresh cranberries and an orange slice. DRINK HOT.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 45
  • Sodium: 60
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 47
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 0
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