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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!