Apple cider hot toddy (Recipe from The Little Epicurean)
- 10 oz apple cider
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 8 whole cloves
- 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
- 4 oz bourbon choice (A high proof like Weller 107 is awesome)
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
In a sauce pot, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow spices to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain spices. Stir in honey to dissolve. Add bourbon and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Makes two drinks. Serve warm, because, it's a hot toddy and garnish with star anise and cinnamon sticks.
I love the apple cider hot toddy. There's just something about mulling spices like star anise and cinnamon in warm apple cider that makes winter not so awful. Add some bourbon to the mix and you'll be feeling nice, toasty and forgetting all about old man winter being a real pain. And while your sitting on the couch sipping on this cocktail, throw on Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family. Released in 2013, Quality Street is destined to be a Christmas classic. Nick mixes a handful of traditional Christmas songs like a rockabilly take on Silent Night, with originals like Christmas at the Airport. If you're unfamiliar with Mr. Lowe, I highly recommend checking him out. You won't be disappointed. Merry Christmas!