Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hot Toddy with Calvados

The hot toddy is a classic winter’s drink. It’s simple but delicious, warming from the combination of both heat and spirits, and was traditionally used medicinally to treat those pesky winter chills.
The ingredients are simple: lemon, a sweetener, a strong spirit, and hot water. We found lots of traditional recipes out there using whisky or brandy, but decided to soften the traditional drink by using Calvados – a delicious French apple brandy.
I’d never tried a hot toddy before, but it’s perfect to sip while you watch the snow drift outside (and try to disregard the 2-year-old who’s “going to climb this!” and “going to stand up high!” due to excessive snow-bound energy). It lived up to expectations.
The final result was spectacular. Lemony apple steam, strong but not overpowering, and the most adorable garnish I’ve ever seen.

Hot Toddy with Calvados

  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 ounces Calvados, or another apple brandy
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
Combine honey, lemon juice, and calvados in a mug. Stir to combine. Boil water in your teakettle and pour over the other ingredients, stirring well to dissolve the honey.  Garnish with a lemon wedge spiked with whole cloves. (makes 1 beverage)


  1. Very creative; both recipe and garnish! My hot toddy recipe is so boring: hot cider, Crown Royal®, honey, lemon. Guest comments: “Is there any cider in here?”

    Toast to Two Tarts: “May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”

  2. I'm blaming you when I'm drunk all winter--this looks amazing! (Just kidding. Kind of. Totally making one tomorrow).

  3. This sounds delicious right now. I wonder if it could be as good with vodka (?)... I don't do well with brown liquors. Although maybe then it would just be a hot Moscow Mule..

  4. Courtney, I thought I didnt like brown liquors too, but I LOVED this Hot Toddy. The steamy lemony-ness of it does away with the badness of the brown liquor!

  5. 1 T lemon juice
    1 T honey
    1 C Ginger Brandy
    Heat brandy and add the other ingredients
    and heat....wonderful after you have been
    out in the snow plowing, skiing or just

  6. I think I will slip this in for some of my midnight winter walks, usually I just take hot chai. :)


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