Spiced Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Sweet, spicy and warming, there is nothing like a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy to warm up the season. With brandy or without! Sweet, spicy and warming, there is nothing like a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy to warm up the season. With brandy or without!

I am a serious lover of hot mulled apple cider.  I have many fond memories of the drink, sipped fireside or carried through festive street markets–cup steaming and clutched for warmth.  

But this year, given…, umm, this year, I wanted to make it extra special.  So, I decided to add some caramel overtones and turn it into a Spiced Caramel Apple Hot Toddy.

Sweet, spicy and warming, there is nothing like a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy to warm up the season. With brandy or without!It’s great with a shot of brandy or easily goes alcohol free for kids or teetotalers!

To prepare the drink, I mulled some cider, then topped it with some pumpkin spiced whipped cream.  Finally I added a drizzle of caramel (you can buy this or go with my homemade caramel syrup) and an optional cinnamon stick for garnish. 

To drink, I stirred it all together to push caramel flavor throughout.  Or sipping through the cream is another great option.

The apple base and golden color of this drink evokes the beauty of fall.  But the warmth is perfect all the way until spring.  Yes, I can see myself taking off snowshoes and grabbing a cup in February. Or serving it up at a New Year’s Eve un-party.Sweet, spicy and warming, there is nothing like a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy to warm up the season. With brandy or without!

Yes, winter and the holidays are going to be different this year.  But I’ll miss bar hopping a whole lot less with a delicious Caramel Apple Hot Toddy in hand!  And check out some more hot toddy options below!

Sweet, spicy and warming, there is nothing like a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy to warm up the season. With brandy or without!

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Sweet, spicy and warming, there is nothing like a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy to warm up the season. With brandy or without!

Ingredients

Spice Mix (see note)

  • 3 whole dried cloves
  • 1/2 dried cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole dried allspice
  • 1 small piece ginger, chopped

Cider

  • ½ cup apple cider, ideally organic
  • 1 ½ ounces apple jack or brandy (omit for non-alcoholic)

Topping:

  • 3 Tablespoons whipped cream (spiced or regular)
  • ½ Tablespoon caramel syrup

Instructions

Put spice mix ingredients and cider into a small saucepan. Heat just to boiling, remove from heat and let sit, covered for about 5 minutes (like steeping tea).

Scoop out the spices or strain the cider. Heat the brandy or apple jack (if using) and add to the cider. Transfer to glass mug or other serving glass.

Top with (spiced) whipped cream and drizzle with caramel syrup (heat if needed to drizzle).



Notes

The exact spices and ratios for the spice mix aren't critical, so feel free to ad lib based on what you have. Or even use a mulling spice mix.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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5 thoughts on “Spiced Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

  1. Audrey

    Oooo, everything about this sounds delightful, from the apple cider and brandy to the spices to the the whipped cream and caramel on top.

  2. Raymund

    This is something new to me, hot mulled apple cider. When I hear cider it is always cold and summer for me. Got to try this, definitely sounds really good.

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