When the weather gets cold, you need SOMETHING to warm you up, and this will definitely do it!

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A hot toddy is generally made with some combination of whiskey, boiling water, sugar, and spices.

When I make them, I usually use hot black tea, Irish whiskey, honey, lemon, and if I have one, a cinnamon stick. This is a simple variation on that basic recipe.


  • 1.5 oz maple bourbon* (like the kind by Knob Creek)
  • 1 cup fresh, hot black tea
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup/sugar (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick, to garnish
  • fresh nutmeg, to garnish (optional)
  • orange peel, to garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a mug and sip to your heart's content.

*if you can't find the maple bourbon, you can use regular bourbon with 1/2 Tbls. pure maple syrup.

Switch it up:

Use more or less maple syrup or sugar to suit your tastes.
Add a little Fireball (cinnamon whiskey) for extra cinnamon flavor.
Rim the mug with the orange peel for more citrus flavor.
Try a flavored tea!

Here's to staying warm!

*Please drink responsibly.*

(Special thanks to Colleen C. for the name idea!)

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