It’s getting cold! So it’s time to get cozy with a hot toddy. Here are some fun variations on the basic hot toddy to warm you up from now through winter.
Gingerbread Hot Toddy ~ This warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The gingerbread syrup would make a great latte too.
Honey-Bourbon Toddy ~ Honey, bourbon and cinnamon are the perfect ingredients to sip by the fire this fall.
Chit-Cha Toddy ~ Oolong tea joins forces with rye whiskey and ginger liqueur to keep the cold (or a cold) away.
Cider and Tequila Hot Toddy ~ This fruity twist on the toddy is great for people who don’t like whiskey (or who do and also like tequila).
Pumpkin Toddy ~ Pumpkin and maple syrup along with apple brandy and rye make a seasonal hot cocktail you can’t resist.
It’s raining and fall coziness is in full effect. So Savvy Housekeeping and I made the perfect seasonal twist on the Hot Toddy—the Gingerbread Toddy. Made with a delicious gingerbread syrup, this warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The syrup would also be good in other drinks like a Gingerbread Latte.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce gingerbread syrup* (recipe below)
1/3-1/2 cup hot water
A squeeze of lemon
Combine bourbon and syrup in a mug. Fill to the top with hot water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir.
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan. Heat to boiling on a stovetop while whisking until all the powdery substances dissolve. Boil for 2-3 minutes so that the syrup thickens slightly.
Photo by Savvy Housekeeping
Thyme-Kissed Pear-Infused Honey Syrup & The Bee’s Knees from Reclaiming Provinical
Fall has been a whirlwind of activity for me—so much so that I haven’t even I had time to make myself a cocktail. (Something must be done about this, right?) So I’m happy to jump back into fall drinks with these pear cocktails. Pear is a lovely, flexible fruit that tastes great with any kind of liquor and a wide variety of herbs. That makes it tasty and fun to play with. Here are some pear cocktails to try.
Rosemary Pear Cocktail ~ This is a light and flavorful cocktail that’s perfect for these fall nights that feel a little like summer nights.
Sparkling Pear Ambrosia ~ Cardamom-infused brandy, pear nectar and some sparkling wine sounds like exactly what I’d be sipping in front of my fire place, if I had a fire place.
Eros Elixir ~ Thai-chile-infused Chartreuse and a pear syrup with fresh ginger give a spicy, warming kick to this complex cocktail.
Roasted Pear Cocktail ~ I’ve already found out that grilling fruit changes how it tastes in a cocktail, so I’m intrigued by this drink made with roasted pear puree.
Pear-Honey-Thyme Bee’s Knees ~ A variation on the classic Bee’s Knees, this delightful combination of flavors is great for a late afternoon cocktail party. (Yes, have one of those!)
Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail from Garden and Gun
It seems like it’s cool to bash pumpkin spice. Somehow bagging on pumpkin spice drinks gives you hipster/grumpy-old-man street cred? I don’t know, man. Shut your face and pass the pumpkin spice latte, because it is straight-up DELICIOUS and hurray for fall! Would you like some suggested pumpkin cocktail recipes from someone who just said “shut your face?” (I wasn’t talking to you. You are nice. You do not need to shut your face.)
Pumpkin Flip ~ This fall drink is light and fluffy while being bold and spicy at the same time. The light and fluffy comes thanks to the egg-white foam, while the bold and spicy comes from bourbon and allspice liqueur. (PS – also there is pumpkin!)
Spiced Pumpkin Shrub ~ This is not one of those sweet “pumpkin pie in a glass” drinks. A shrub is a syrup made with vinegar, so there’s a little oomph in the cocktail that goes beyond sugar and spice.
Hot Buttered Pumpkin Rum ~ Is it actually cold where you live? It sometimes is here! When that happens, it’s time to cozy up with some warm and spicy buttered rum.
Pumpkin Punch ~ Halloween party drink alert! Made with cinnamon-infused rum and condensed milk, this punch satisfies the sweet and spiced craving that accompanies fall weather without going into cloyingly icky sweet territory.
Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail ~ Bourbon and pumpkin are the stars of this layered cocktail. However, it wouldn’t be complete without the dashes of celery bitters. (You can make DIY celery bitters if you so desire. I think you should.)
The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers
Cider isn’t just something you drink in the fall! It can also be a lovely cocktail ingredient that gives a little zip to your sip (I am totally joking with that phrasing although the sentiment is accurate). Here are some crisp and bright cider cocktails perfect for any time of year.
The Sideshow Cocktail ~ Mixing cider with gin gives a summery twist to the cider cocktail. Add in a little herbacious Benedictine and bitters and you have a winner.
Cider Rum Punch ~ Thyme simple syrup adds a fresh flavor to this punch that makes it a fun choice for summer.
Apple Cider Sangria ~ Few things are more summery than Sangria. Have fun with the choice of fruit and make it for a backyard barbecue.
Maple Cider Cherry Whiskey ~ Grab some cherries from one of the summer roadside stands and get to making this cider and whiskey cocktail!
Hard Cider Ginger Shandy ~ Ginger beer and hard cider are a refreshing take on a shandy that will go great with a sunny day.