Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Oh Autumn! How do I love you? Let me count the…adult beverages that I turn to when the leaves begin to change, frost shimmers on the rhubarb, and flames dance in the wood stove. First – Apple Cider Hot Toddy. I haven’t been a fan of whiskey for long. I guess as my taste buds age they’ve developed their own likes. Dry wines aren’t horrible anymore and you know, whiskey’s not so bad after all. I won’t be doing shots but add a shot of whiskey to apple cider, dress it up with honey and lemon and yes, I’ll have one, please and thank you.

Autumn is busy. There’s a lot of baking and cooking going on. Firewood has to be moved into the wood shed after a year of drying. Gardens are cleaned up and bedded down for winter. Hunting seasons take us outdoors into the chilly air. At the end of the day, or maybe even the middle of the afternoon as long as you’re not hunting, a cider hot toddy is a nice warm drink on a cool autumn or winter day.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy – an Autumn Favorite – On The Fire

This seasonal Apple Cider Hot Toddy is nice in autumn as fresh cider apples are being pressed as well as throughout the winter.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword adult beverage, apple, cider, cocktail, drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Robin Follette


  • pan


  • 1 oz Whiskey Bourbon or your favorite
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup apple cider warmed


  • Warm the apple cider. Stir in the honey (or maple syrup) whiskey and lemon juice. Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick or float a star anise on top.

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