An alternative name for this Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy could be “the easiest hot toddy ever” or maybe “spiked hot apple cider.” It’s just good. Simple, delicious, and warming in more ways than one.

You get it, it’s a hot cocktail. Let’s do this.

This is a simple three ingredients plus garnish, so as you could probably guess the quality of those few ingredients matters. I especially think the cinnamon tea matters. Here is my current favorite:

If you’ve never tried Harney and Sons hot cinnamon tea, I highly recommend it. They have a herbal and caffeine version, I always get herbal (as I often drink tea at night and can’t handle caffeine after 3 p.m.). This isn’t even a sponsored post—I just sincerely LOVE this tea. It smells and tastes kind of like Red Hots candy (although not as sweet, it’s tea not candy). It’s just a very strong cinnamon tea and it’s perfect for this hot toddy recipe.



On the topic of tea, which I could probably go on and on about as I freaking LOVE it, I have to mention that David’s Tea and Numi are fantastic as well. You can also use whatever you can find at your grocery store, but if you think you’re not a tea person, I would suggest you just haven’t had the good stuff yet.

You can omit the booze if you’re needing a hot mocktail in your life this season. It’s still delicious, trust me. Cheers! xo. Emma

Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon tea bag (I recommend Harney and Sons)
  • 2 ounces dark liquor – rum (whiskey, or bourbon all work well)
  1. Heat the apple juice to almost boiling then add the tea bag. Allow to steep for 2-3 minutes. Then add the liquor. You can garnish with cinnamon sticks, apple slices, orange peels, or nothing at all.
  2. Rum, whiskey, or bourbon all work well in this hot toddy, so feel free to use what you have and what you love.

I don’t sweeten this beyond the apple juice, but if you want you can stir in a small spoonful of honey or maple syrup.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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