We’re having our first real cold snap this winter here on the East coast, and frigid temperatures and the biting winds make hot beverages a top priority. I’ve been drinking coffee and hot tea every couple of hours as I sit at my desk and work. Last night, I needed something a little more potent to warm me up, so I set out to create a hot toddy.

One of my goals this month is to use up a lot of what is in my fridge and pantry. There are odds and ends in the freezer from all the holiday festivities, and I’m getting creative with my cooking while adding them to pantry that need to get used. It’s something I do every January to help keep my grocery bills down while reigning in food waste.

I decided to do the same with the hot toddy I created. I didn’t buy anything new; I only used what I had in the house. One of the things I had in the house was a bottle of American Fruits Bourbon Barrel Aged Apple Liqueur – a blend of cider and apple brandy. My friend Gary who works for a distributor gave me a few bottles of the New York distillery’s liqueurs, and the apple one seemed like it wanted to become a toddy.

Once I decided to use the apple liqueur, the rest came together. Apples and cinnamon are a classic combination. I used gin because I have a big bottle of it in the kitchen, and I didn’t feel like routing through my liquor cabinet in a different room to try a different spirit.

This toddy tastes so good and is very comforting, like a toddy should be.

Ingredients

Directions

Place first four ingredients in an 8-ounce mug. Fill with boiling water, stir, and enjoy!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.