Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

The holiday season is here! Let the eating and drinking begin. Obviously, aside from seeing loved ones, the eating and drinking part is the next best thing about the holidays. I’ve got the most perfect and comforting cocktail for you guys today that you can serve at your next gathering or for a quiet evening with your partner or a friend at home by the fire, the Caramel Apple Hot Toddy!

The word “toddy” always cracked me up when I was younger and I’m not really sure why as I don’t remember anybody even drinking them in my family growing up, I must have heard it in a movie or something. Anyway, a hot toddy is a traditional Irish drink and means “hot whiskey”. I’m not a big whiskey drinker myself, truthfully, but I don’t mind it so much in this drink. If you don’t like whiskey, you can also use brandy or even bourbon. Caramel vodka is also a nice touch, but not required!

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

This drink is quite simple to prepare. You just heat some apple cider on the stove and then stir in the booze and caramel sauce and it is ready! I do recommend serving these right away as sometimes the caramel syrup can start to settle at the bottom, but this may just depend on the brand or type that you use. I also like to add cinnamon sticks to the cider while it’s heating, but if you are going to use spiced apple cider, you can skip the cinnamon sticks!

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup brandy or whiskey
  • 1/4 cup caramel vodka (optional)
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce (or to taste)

Directions:

  1. Add the apple cider and cinnamon sticks to a sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer until thoroughly heated, about 5 minutes. Stir in the brandy (or whiskey), vodka (if using), and the caramel sauce.
  2. Remove from the heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks and pour into mugs. Garnish with apple slices and/or whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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Caramel Apple Hot Toddy