With the weather starting to get cooler, it's time put away those cold-brew coffees and iced teas and pick up a drink that’s going to warm your heart. You could always go traditional with black coffee, of course, or try hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or tea — but why not a hot toddy? A hot toddy is perfect for cool fall nights — it includes rum or bourbon or some other spirit, water, lemon, cinnamon, and cloves. Rumor has it that if you drink a hot toddy when you’re sick, you'll be well in hours. Having a warm drink is the perfect way to welcome fall, which is why we made it the theme of this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).
We asked The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network members to share their best warm fall drinks and the results will make you forget about pumpkin spice lattes — those spice-cabinet-flavored concoctions that everyone rushes to get their hands on every autumn at their favorite coffee shops. This year, forget about pumpkin. Try making a wassail this fall — a warm apple, orange, or cranberry drink blended with ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
Here are this week’s highlights:
Skinny Chai Tea Latte
Hot Toddy Recipe
Rini Desarin of Healing Tomato adds a little extra pick-me-up to her fall drink with whiskey. Chamomile tea, star anise, clove, cinnamon, and lemon juice round out this delicious hot toddy. It’s perfect for when you're sitting by the fireplace with your loved ones, but also wotth trying if you're trying to get rid of a cold.
Bourbon-Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Apple cider is delicious all on its own, but adding a few extra fixings makes it perfect. Mary Cressler of Vindulge Blog adds bourbon to her hot apple cider recipe, which improves on perfection — that’s why she’s the winner of this week’s SWAT. Apple cider with cinnamon, star anise, orange juice, and bourbon — what’s not to love?
Hot Buttered Rum Nutella Toddy
When you’re feeling a little under the weather, the perfect warm drink is a hot toddy. When you add Nutella to the mix, you've really got something special.
Hot Fluffernutter Cocoa
Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
This is the perfect drink for peanut butter lovers. Chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff gives you a warm, creamy chocolate drink.