Hot Toddy

This highly sippable fall cocktail is clean and bright in flavor, yet warm and comforting in nature. Perfect for the holidays!


  • 1 green or black tea bag or equivalent loose leaf tea
  • 1 1/2 oz. rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 oz. real apple cider
  • 1/2 small lemon
  • garnishes: thin, round slices of lemon, a cinnamon stick


  1. Heat water to the boiling point and pour over the tea bag in a mug. Leave about an inch of room in your mug for the whiskey and cider. Let the tea steep for a few minutes, then discard the bag so the tea doesn't get bitter.
  2. Pour in the whiskey or bourbon and a hefty splash of apple cider (adjust these amounts to suit your tastes). Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and garnish with lemon slices and a cinnamon stick. Sip up.