The B's Hot Toddy Recipe

The B's Hot Toddy Recipe
The essential cold summer soup from Spain, gazpacho is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and country bread soaked in olive oil.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

 Gazpacho is a Spanish classic, best made when juicy tomatoes are in season.

Who isn't intrigued by the idea of a toasty Hot Toddy on a chilly winter night? Ordered one in a bar, but never prepared one at home? Here is a simple recipe for the hot drink virgins among us.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces brandy, rum, or rye
  • 1 ounce honey
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce plain or mulled cider
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice of orange studded with cloves, for garnish

Directions

A little planning goes a long way — his recipe is for two. Our recommendation, though, is to make a larger batch of the non-alcoholic ingredients in advance to keep on hand.

Infuse the cider, lemon juice, and honey mixture with the cinnamon stick and cloves a day or two ahead. It's simple: Bring the liquid to a boil with the spices, let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

Right before serving, re-heat your spiced infusion then add the alcohol (off the stove) and garnish with a squeeze of orange juice and the slice of clove-studded orange slice.

Hot Toddy Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Hot Toddy Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.