Hot Toddy.

It has officially happened. Chicago has seen her first snowfall of the season. And in the process, Tommy ate an entire jar of Speculoos and had a few hot toddy's to boot!

Now, considering I started listening to Christmas music on Halloween...yes, it sadly is the truth...I wasn't quite in the mood for any decking of the halls or roasting of chestnuts over a gas stovetop. I am trying to distance myself for a few days from the music. I love it all, but that dang Pentatonix album was on repeat day after day. I cannot get it out of my head. So instead, I played the classics. Rihanna. Celine Dion. The Weeknd. Lady Gaga. Fleetwood Mac.

I try to steer clear of alcoholic drinks on a Sunday afternoon. I mean, I am a responsible adult nearing his thirties. Drinking the night before having to work doesn't work out for me so well anymore - my body is not able to rebound quite like it used to. However, the circumstances were just too perfect. The crisp winter air. The beautiful white snowflakes falling from the sky. It's almost as if Mother Nature was begging me to make a hot toddy or three and enjoy them all while lounging around in my sweatpants. "Okay," I said to her, "Twist my arm."

This isn't any normal hot toddy recipe. It utilized that apple bourbon that I published on Smak a few months back. If you want to put on Christmas music while you enjoy your hot toddy, I guess that is okay. But I am going to continue listening to a song about shining bright like a diamond. 


| Hot Toddy |


1 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 cup hot water
3 tablespoons apple bourbon (see recipe HERE)
1 3x1/2' strip lemon peel
1 cinnamon stick


  1. Stir agave nectar and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until agave nectar dissolves.
  2. Add apple bourbon. Pour into glass.
  3. Twist a strip of lemon peel over drink, then add to glass.
  4. Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.