Orange Hot Toddy


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

The original hot toddy likely dates back to just prior to the turn of the 18th century, but people are still drinking variations of them around the world today. The toddy is the amongst the truest staples of winter cocktailing: it’s warm, it’s boozy, and some even claim that it helps relieve symptoms for the common cold.

So, I set out to try creating my own version. This one combines English breakfast tea with seasonal oranges, cinnamon, honey, and bourbon. If your brunch companions are set on dining outside, this hot toddy will keep you warm.

What you’ll need:
6 oz hot water
2 oz bourbon
1/2 tsp clover honey
1/4 orange, cubed
English breakfast tea bag
Cinnamon stick

Steep the tea bag in the hot water for about two minutes. Remove the tea bag and stir in the honey. Stir in the bourbon. Squeeze in the orange cubes, stir, and drop the orange in. Garnish with the cinnamon stick and serve.