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! I hope you enjoy this hot toddie recipe!
I plan on making many of these as the fall progresses into winter, sitting by the fireplace in the evening trying my best to stay warm. That’s one thing about old houses, they sure are drafty. I love the old wooden-paned windows in our house, but the cold just zaps right through them, so I’ll probably resort to getting heavier curtains just to help insulate the house a bit more. Any other cold-weather tips for living in an old home would be much appreciated :)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!
Maple Hot Toddies
- 4 cups water
- 2 bags quality black tea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 whole cloves
- 2/3 cup fine whiskey 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.
These are so cute! I love the sound of maple in a hot toddy mmmm!
Thank you, Millie!!
Oh…these glasses are so spooky! Loving this cocktail…anything with maple syrup has me hooked! Happy Halloween!
Agreed! Maple syrup is the best sweetener ever.
Holy moley! These make me shiver!! Happy Hallowe'en girl….I would love to have a drink like this tonight!
Hahaha, aren't they so fun and spooky??
What. Awesome. Glasses! I love those holograms! I've only had a hot toddy once, but I've been thinking about them a lot lately and want to try making them at home. I love the maple syrup in your recipe. I can't wait to try these 🙂
Thanks Brianne!! I love hot toddies, they're sooo tasty in the cold weather, and drinking them out of these creepy glasses makes it extra-enjoyable 🙂
Oh Gosh! Halloween photos are really scary!! Happy Halloween!
Thanks Maryna!! You have a happy Halloween as well!!
Fabulous photos!! Utterly spooky…those glasses are 'must have'!
Haha thanks my dear!
Your hot toddy sounds lovely, and an absolute necessity for a drafty old house. Our house is about 100 years old, so I know what you mean about those chilly drafts. The heavy curtains are a great idea. Another thing to do is to make draft stoppers for the bottoms of the doors and windows. They are essentially a cloth "sausage casing" the length of the bottom of the door or window. Fill it with sand and put it along the base of the door or window and it will keep some of the cold out. Lots of cozy throw blankets and slippers are also great, and a fire in the fireplace, if that's an option. Stay warm!
Ohhhh thank you Vivian!! I will definitely do that, I know a few of the windows definitely are in need of a draft stopper wince they're the old wood-frame ones. And totally stocking on throw blankets this winter!
You have to love a good, strong, sweet hot toddy! I've never tried making one with maple before — such a great idea. 🙂
Thank you Eileen!! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
I am absolutely in love with everything about this post. Those glasses, this recipe… those crystals! If I was old enough, I would be making this all through the cold months, as well.
Soon enough! You will find them quite enjoyable when the time comes 😉
Hehe your pictures are perfect for Fall season since they complement each other so well :D!! And I live in a reeeeeeeeealllllly old house. I feel ya girl. The wind goes straight through every crack and people can hear our conversations unless we whisper or have the AC on. 😛 But the only thing I can say is–try to put caulking in every corner or crack you can find where it's not conspicuous or doesn't prevent things from working, like a window from opening (or something like it). It's obvious but it really does help!
Ok will do!! Yeah there are lots of little gaps and cracks around the house, like the baseboards on the stairwell don't actually touch the ground so I really want to redo that, and there's gaps between the wood on the stairs too. Basically the stairs need a lot of TLC haha/.And a lot of the other baseboards…will be doing a lot of caulking this winter!
Spooky glasses, I wish i had the same for my Halloween party! That drink sounds great!
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Very cool! Love everything about these! oxox
Awwww thank you Gwen!!
Thats amazing! I can just imagine that you would sell a lot of these on Halloween! 😀
Where did you order such glasses? 🙂 It look's great!
Yeah i want to buy some too, they look great
It looks interesting and charming as well 🙂 In my opinion it would make the atmosphere more thrilling. Please advice me from where to get those issues? Thanks a lot.
The Maple Hot Toddies are looking tremendous! Cannot wait to prepare them. Thank you for sharing!
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