Hot Toddy Recipes

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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.

Meyer Lemon Cocktails for Winter

Blueberry-Lemon Fizz from Camille Styles

Blueberry-Lemon Fizz from Camille Styles

The tree outside my living room window is full of Meyer lemons, so I’m ready to turn lemons into lemon-flavored cocktails. I’ve documented my love of Meyer lemon cocktails before (more than once). But here are even more ideas for how to brighten a winter day with a Meyer lemon cocktail!

Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojito ~ If you’re already experiencing spring weather, like I am, this is the perfect cocktail to enjoy the sunshine and birds.

Pineapple & Meyer Lemon Margarita ~ If a Meyer Lemon Margarita is a good idea (which it is), then amping it up with a little pineapple can only make it an even better idea.

Cold Spring Cocktail ~ Cognac and maple syrup add dimension to the bright flavor of Meyer lemon in this drink. (If you don’t have rhubarb bitters, you can make your own DIY Rhubarb Bitters … you won’t be sorry!)

Blueberry-Lemon Fizz ~ This is another one for sipping on the patio on an unseasonably warm day. Light, refreshing and fun.

Four Winds ~ Mezcal and Yellow Chartreuse make for a sophisticated drink perfect for a night in.

Mulled Cocktails for Winter

White Glogg from Healthfully Ever After

White Glogg from Healthfully Ever After


Warm up some alcohol and spice for a drink that is nice! Mulled wine is a traditional warmed cocktail, but there’s more than one way to enjoy this delicious treat. Here are a few ideas:

Smoky Mulled Cider and Scotch ~ A dried chipotle pepper adds a different kind of heat and smoke to this creative winter drink.

Swedish Glogg ~ This is just one version of the many traditional mulled wine recipes out there … and it’s a good one!

White Glogg ~ If you’d like to try a white wine version of Glogg, this will keep you toasty and cozy.

Mulled Hard Cider ~ Spice up some cider with a little juice for a wintery cocktail.

Mulled Gin ~ Gin is an intriguing choice for mulling, proving that with a few spices you can make any warm alcohol delicious.

Kumquat Cocktails

Kumquat Margarita from Serious Eats

Kumquat Margarita from Serious Eats

Kumquats are fun! They’re still in season for a little while longer … so put some of these little guys in your cocktails now. Here are some more kumquat cocktails to try.

Kumquat Rose Cocktail ~ Kumquat-infused gin is paired with the lovely Lillet Rose for an elegant and balanced drink.

Kumquat-Ginger Whiskey Cocktail ~ The spicy kick of ginger is a great match for the sweet-tart flavor of kumquats.

Kumquat-Pomegranate Punch ~ This fun vodka punch includes pomegranate seeds and juice for a party-worthy. Now you’re ready to party.

Kumquat Margarita ~ Kumquat is a citrus fruit, after all, so naturally a Margarita is a must.

Kumquat Sour ~ Bourbon, sour oranges and candied kumquats make a festive drink for any occasion.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

orange-creamsicleWe’ve been enjoying some February sunshine here in California. But even if you’re in a blizzard, this Orange Creamsicle cocktail will give you a little taste of summer (with seasonal fruit). Savvy Housekeeping and I whipped up this cocktail that tastes like a light and sophisticated alcoholic Creamsicle. If only the ice cream man carried these.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

1 1/2 ounces vodka
2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 ounce cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces simple syrup
Sparkling water

Squeeze the orange juice. Combine juice, vodka, simple syrup, and vanilla in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Add cream. Close and shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling water to taste.

Photo by Savvy Housekeeping