Hot Toddy Heaven

Gotta love hot boozy drinks at Christmas. One of my favs is a hot toddy. The latest copy of Bon Appetit magazine has recipe for a divine honey-bourbon toddy. However, to make it, you first need to prepare apple bourbon. Sounds like a lot of work for just a drink but it’s definitely worth the effort. It’s also really good on its own over ice. 

A bottle would also make a perfect hostess gift. I got my glass bottles at IKEA. The labels are from Martha Stewarts’ line at Michaels.

Fuji Apple Bourbon: Combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon (I used Jack Daniel’s), four cored, sliced Fuji apples, and four cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for three days. Strain and sip or use in recipe below.

Honey-Bourbon Toddy: Stir two Tbsp. honey and one cup hot water in a two cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add 6 Tbsp. apple bourbon. Divide between two mugs or glasses. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to mug or glass.  Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve. Makes two.

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