Celebrate Halloween this year with Maple Hot Toddies by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking!
This blood-red cocktail will warm you up from the inside out and is the perfect protection against crisp autumn breezes. Our advice: if you plan on staying at home, make sure to get some candy while you’re out buying the other ingredients. Read on for the recipe!
“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.” – Eva Kosmas Flores
Maple Hot Toddies
4 cups water
2 bags quality black tea
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
⅔ cup fine whiskey or brandy
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 lemon, cut into quarters
1. 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.
2. 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.