Apple Orange Hot Toddy

by Denise Woodward on November 5, 2013

in Chez Us Cooks, Drinks, Featured, Fruit


When the air gets nippy, we want a hot beverage (with just a little booze) to help combat the cold. Thankfully, Denise has a Hot Toddy with a dash of homemade apple simple syrup and a bit of orange that is sure to warm those chilly afternoons.  All that’s left to do is sip and sigh in complete comfort. -Kate

Fall has definitely been knocking at our front door the past couple weeks. The days are beginning to get shorter, not to mention crisper. The nights are leaving a lovely blanket of dew over what is left of our garden, and I am falling deeper into comfort mode. When Fall hits, my mind immediately rushes to the thought of a hot toddy. I begin thinking of wool socks on my feet, cable knits sweaters wrapped around my body, lounging on the sofa with a good book and a whiskey-infused toddy. All that is left is for me to slowly begin slipping away into an afternoon of bliss.


The base of a good hot toddy starts with a dark alcohol such as a whiskey or bourbon which is mixed with hot water, some sort of citrus, something sweet, and spice. The first decision to make when planning out your hot toddy is what type of alcohol to use as  your base. When the craving hits me, I tend to reach for 1792 Whiskey. What I like about this whiskey is that it is slightly sugary,  and it has enough spice to hold it’s own, which makes for the perfect base. The taste is smooth and balanced; the perfect companion for the other ingredients. Please use whatever is your favorite whiskey for this recipe as it is lovely regardless.


To keep with the feeling of fall, I opted to use an apple simple syrup for the sweetener with this recipe. Typically, I like to use Morris Kitchen Spice Apple Syrup, but since I was out I made one of my own by using an unsweetened apple cider and sugar. A wedge of orange studded with cloves is all that’s required to add the extra warmth this cocktail needs to make you want to curl up on the couch and slip into bliss.


Apple Simple Syrup


  • 2 cups unsweetened apple cider
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • Small sauce pan


  1. Place the ingredients into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Bottle and place in the refrigerator. The simple syrup will thicken upon cooling.

Apple Orange Hot Toddy


  • 1 ounce apple simple syrup
  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 4 ounces hot water
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 4 cloves


  1. Fill a thick glass cocktail glass with the simple syrup.  Stir in a small amount of hot water to dissolve the syrup.
  2. Pour in the whiskey and stir.
  3. Add the remaining hot water and stir.
  4. Slightly squeeze some of the orange juice into the glass and then garnish with the wedge.
  5. Serve and drink.

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Denise Woodward

Denise leaves in Oakland, California with her partner in crime Lenny. She is a free lance webcast producer, photographer, food writer and recipe developer who is always dreaming about food. She is driven by delicious as well as gorgeous food, and admits that her first thought of the morning is what she will be cooking that day. During her free time she enjoys traveling and hitting mountain getaways with Lenny in their Eurovan. You can find more of her recipes over at their shared food blog Chez Us, or follow along on Instagram where she shares daily inspirations.

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