Christmas Kitchen: Rachel’s Hot Toddy

How To Make A Hot Toddy | @rachelphipps

Mulled Wine is all very well if you’re catering for a crowd, but this Christmas I’ve added a brand new festive warmer to our family repertoire for the chilly afternoons and evenings when there is just one or more of you: my mulled apple juice, cognac (or brandy, whichever you’ve got really) and cinnamon vodka laced hot toddy. Curl up with a good book in front of the fire, mug in hand, or knock together a plate of festive nibbles (hello our family Classic Cheese Straws recipe) and get set in to a good present wrapping session.
Rachel's Hot Toddy | @rachelphipps

Use the same glassware (I use my JING tea infusor mug) you usually select to serve up a good steaming cup full of muller wine, and serve with a cinnamon stick in each glass. I’ve also found here that the better base ingredients you use the better the taste; I like fresh Innocent apple juice and Fentimans ginger beer for that extra kick in mine. These actually also taste great mixed together 50/50 as an impromptu drink for guests who happen to be driving, so be sure to keep the fridge well stocked over the next fortnight!

Hot Toddy Recipe | @rachelphipps

These proportions serve one person, but I’ve easily sized it up to serve whoever wants one; remember to up the spices for mulling stage, and the pour from the pan through a sieve to catch the cloves and cinnamon pieces so that they don’t end up in everyones glasses.

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Rachel’s Hot Toddy

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: Christmas


Hot Toddy’s are really personal, and I like mine made with warm apple juice, ginger beer, cinnamon vodka and cognac.


  • 75ml Apple Juice
  • 75ml Ginger Beer
  • 50ml Boiling Water
  • 2 Cloves
  • Broken End (about 1/4) Crushed Cinnamon Stick
  • 30ml Cognac or Brandy
  • 20ml Cinnamon Vodka or Liquor (I use Smirnoff Gold)


  1. Combine the apple juice, ginger beer and boiling water in a small lidded saucepan. Add the cloves and the crushed cinnamon, and bring to the boil over a medium to high heat.
  2. Put on the lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cognac and the cinnamon vodka, and heat gently until heated through, taking care not to let it boil as it will boil off the alcohol.
  4. Sieve into a glass mug and enjoy: I was fuelled by these while Mummy and I decorated the Christmas tree!