Last night, I went to a lovely soirée at the Everlane offices where they served some characteristically chic cocktails. Chief among these was a cocktail that can only be described as a Maple Hot Toddy. And it was delicious. And since I’m not quite done with my fall-worshipping (you can pry those mini vegan pumpkin doughnuts from my cold, dead hands), I decided that I would scour the internet until I found a suitable recipe that I could whip up myself. And guess what?! It wasn’t that hard to find!
This particular specimen comes to you directly from the West Elm blog, which is one of my favorite hideouts on the internet. West Elm describes this cocktail as “toasty in both temperature and content… the mulled spices and tart lemon will aid the aches and chills of winter, and keep you cozy all season long.” I mean, come on. How perfect is that? It’s a welcome update on my previous iteration of a hot toddy, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
‘Tis the season to be cozy. And, for real, what could be cozier than a maple hot toddy?! Full recipe is after the jump. Enjoy!
WEST ELM’S MAPLE HOT TODDY
- 4 cups water
- 2 bags quality black tea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 whole cloves
- 2/3 cub fine whisky or brandy
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 lemon, cut into quarters
- Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. Add the tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves and bring the heat down to the lowest setting. Allow the bags to soak for 5 minutes, stirring every minute, or until the mixture turns a slight reddish brown. Remove the tea bags, cinnamon stick, and whole cloves and discard them. Stir the whiskey or brandy into the tea and remove from heat. Set the mixture aside.
- Evenly distribute the maple syrup between 4 serving glasses. Squeeze a lemon quarter above each of the 4 glasses and discard the drained wedges. Evenly distribute the tea mixture between the glasses and stir thoroughly before serving.