With fall bustling through more and more with each passing breeze, there comes a time when a toasty beverage hits the spot more than a cool one. And as the weather progressively chills, sometimes you need a little extra ‘heat’ in that drink to warm you up from the inside out. That’s where the maple hot toddie comes in. 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 used these amazingly eerie x-ray cocktail glasses from West Elm along with their forged bar tools, crystal votives, and delightfully spooky skull vase. You can take a look at this post over on their blog Front + Main, as well!
And on that note, I wish you all a happy Halloween, full of good food, fun frights, and dear company. Enjoy your hallow’s eve!
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.