What cold weather scene would be complete without a hot toddy? You are probably familiar with the hot toddy, also known as the hot whiskey, used to treat symptoms of colds or the flu. How do you make a hot toddy? A hot toddy contains a liquor, often whiskey, to which is added lemon, honey or sugar, and tea.
However, this twist on the traditional hot toddy doesn’t contain tea in its list of ingredients. It does, however, contain pumpkin. There really should be more alcoholic drinks containing pumpkin, because this one is amazing. It just might be one of my new favorite fall cocktails.
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The sweetness of this warm whiskey drink comes from maple syrup. This is balanced with a touch of tartness from fresh lemon juice. An aromatic apple Brandy lends a seasonally appropriate flavor to the hot toddy, in addition to the pumpkin. The warm, herbal depth to this whiskey drink comes from Angostura aromatic bitters and a touch of cinnamon.
What’s the best bourbon whiskey for this hot toddy?
Generally, it’s a matter of personal taste which liquor you add to the hot toddy. While the vast majority of hot toddy recipes will site whiskey as the liquor of choice, you can use what you choose, from a rye whiskey to a bourbon. Some people actually prefer to use a dark rum for their hot toddy.
I had some Bulleit whiskey on hand, but personally, I prefer Woodford Reserve.
Pumpkin Toddy Cocktail
1 oz apple brandy
1/2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon pumpkin puree
2 drops Angostura bitters
Garnish: ground cinnamon
Note: Grade B maple syrup is a lot deeper in color and flavor, almost like molasses. What you’re probably used to seeing is Grade A maple syrup. Using Grade A syrup is just fine—this pumpkin adult beverage is still highly tasty.
Add all the ingredients to a preheated mug.
Top with 5 oz of boiling water and stir to combine.
Top with grated cinnamon.
A warm combination of maple syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin in this hot toddy make this a phenomenal option for fall-inspired cocktail. This variation on the traditional hot toddy cocktail incorporates a lot of flavors to celebrate the season. Hopefully, this whiskey-based drink will warm you up and help get you through the colder months.
The tea kettle I’m using above is amazing! It takes just a few minute to boil water for a cup of tea (or in this case, a hot toddy). I highly recommend it. Get one for yourself HERE.
Need some new spice jars? I love this set I found, which includes 14 jars, holding 4 oz each. This set also comes with 2 sets of preprinted labels (the ones above are chalkboard print, but a set of clear PVC labels is also included), a silicone funnel to help you fill the jars, and a handy conversion table magnet. It’s a great buy for the price – find it HERE.
The small cutting board is the perfect size for your home bar. You’ll have one handy for slicing your ingredients and garnishes, and won’t have to worry about cross-contamination. Find one HERE.
Angostura Bitters are a necessity in any home bar, and featured in a large number of drinks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Get some HERE.
Give Grade B Maple Syrup a try. I think you’ll love the robust flavor. Try this organic syrup from Vermont HERE.
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