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Hot Drinks for the Holiday


Who isn't intrigued by the idea of a toasty Hot Toddy or cup of Hot Buttered Rum mulled cider on a chilly winter night? Have you ever ordered one in a bar, or prepared one at home? Probably not. Here are three simple to make hot drinks for all the virgins among us.





The B’s Hot Toddy

2 ounces brandy or rum or rye

1 ounce honey

1/4 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce mulled or plain cider

2 cloves

1 cinammon stick

1 slice orange studded with cloves for garnish


The B’s Mulled Cider

1 quart cider

1 orange thinly sliced

2 cinammon sticks

6 cloves

3 whole allspice berries

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 inch ginger root (optional)

1 star anise (optional)

rum or brandy to taste (optional)


The B’s Hot Buttered Rum

1 1/2 oz. dark rum

¾ oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz. maple syrup

Hot water

1 pat butter

Garnish with fresh nutmeg

Warm liquids, add butter, sprinkle nutmeg on top.



The B's Hot Toddy

A little planning goes a long way. This 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 cinammon 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 used.

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 orange.


(The B's Mulled Cider)

Bring liquids (excluding alcohol) and spices to a boil. (We like to put the spices in a tea strainer or cheesecloth for easy removal). You can serve right away or let sit for a day or two in the ‘fridge to deeply infuse fla