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October 28, 2022

Anyone familiar with the history of a hot toddy knows this drink is perfect for feeling all warm and toasty, as it is essentially a liquor-infused tea. While something like a spiked St. Patrick’s Day tea shares many similarities with that of a hot toddy and is great for a festive spring day, winter is the perfect time to warm up your bones with boozy beverages bursting with seasonal spices.

Hot toddies have also been used as a remedy for the common cold since the 1800s. This means that when it starts getting chilly outside, knowing how to make a hot toddy is a great bit of wisdom for a delicious bit of medicine.

No matter if your favorite spirit is vodka, whiskey, or something in between, we’ve got a hot toddy recipe for you; the Caramel Apple Hot Toddy, Chai Hot Toddy, and Peppermint Hot Toddy each call for a different kind of alcohol.

Here are our three favorite hot toddy recipes to whip up this season.

While containing different ingredients, all three of these hot toddy recipes follow the same steps for preparation:


  1. Combine the ingredients on a stove-top pan.
  2. Warm over medium heat and simmer until ready to drink.
  3. Pour the drink into your Ember Mug²and set at 133°F.
  4. Enjoy!
A Gray Ember Mug² is filled with a hot toddy drink and topped with apple slices. It sits on a weathered dark wooden table.

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

What You'll Need

  • 1½ oz Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • 6 oz Apple Cider (Check out Ember’s Mulled Apple Cider recipe for more homemade goodness)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Bourbon (Optional, but helps cut the sweetness)
  • Container Cool Whip - thawed or Whipping Cream (Optional)
A Stainless Steel Ember Mug² filled with steamed milk and cinnamon sits atop a a red wooden block. It is surrounded by small leafy trees, cinnamon sticls, a spoonful of black tea, and a stainless steel jigger of syrup. The background is a festive red color.

Chai Hot Toddy

What You'll Need

  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Bag of Chai Tea
  • 2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ oz Spiced Rum
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Sugar (Optional for added sweetness)
A Gold Ember Mug² filled with black tea sits on a marble and gold table next to a small jar of honey, slices of candied oranges, and a crystal carafe of a brown liquor.

Peppermint Hot Toddy

What You'll Need

  • 4-6 oz Hot Peppermint Tea Bags
  • 1 ½ oz Whiskey
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Honey

It doesn’t matter if you are feeling a tad under the weather or are just looking to cozy up with a nice warming nightcap; these hot toddy recipes are all ideal for the season. But whichever one you choose, be sure to enjoy it at 133°F in your Ember Mug² so that it stays warm to the last sip.

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