Holiday Hot Toddy

Holiday Hot Toddy.

Apple cider is preferred to hot chocolate in my house, especially when used to make Hot Toddys. I love having a comforting and soothing cup in the evenings, usually after a robust meal or a long night of entertaining.

Serves | 2 |

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ lemon, cut into four slices
  • 4 oz brandy, divided
  • 2 dashes cardamom bitters, divided
  • 2 lemon wheels (for garnish)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, divided (optional)

| Preparation | In a small saucepot over medium heat, bring apple cider and water to a boil; immediately remove from heat. Divide liquid evenly into 2 mugs. Add 2 ounces brandy and 1 dash of bitters to each. Garnish mugs with lemon wheels and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.

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Julia Calleo is a freelance photographer for editorial magazines including Feast. She is also a food and prop stylist at a commercial production studio and blogger in St. Louis.

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