Hot Toddy Recipe with Apple Cider

If you, too, are foolish enough to live in Chicago, you already know what I'm going to say: IT'S SO COLD. PLEASE, SOMEONE, ANYONE, HELP ME! My apartment/studio is a frigid punishment with tile floors that might as well be an ice rink. Does this sound familiar? I guess my point is that the only way to escape is through man's merciful numbing elixir: booze—and more specifically, warm cocktails. 

To loosen winter's grasp, I've worked up a hot toddy recipe, and I've been sharing it at my Dabble Chicago candle-making class Make Soy Candles, Drink Hot Toddys to give folks a little added motivation to leave the house on these cold days. It's not your traditional hot toddy recipe, as I've modified it with apple cider (my students and I have been calling them Moddy Toddys, because that's super cool). The cider makes the drink a bit sweeter and more velvety, and really only monsters don't like hot apple cider. So here's to making winter a little more bearable.


  • 4 oz. whiskey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 gallon apple cider
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon
    (This recipe makes about 4 servings.)


  • Combine the whiskey, cinnamon sticks, apple cider, and honey in a large pot. 
  • Heat to a low simmer.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the juice of half the lemon. 
  • Cut the remaining half of the lemon into wedges to use as a garnish. 
  • Enjoy!


To further warm up your space, I recommend pairing this hot toddy recipe with a soy candle. To complement the whiskey-based cocktail's notes of oak, lemon, cinnamon, and honey, I suggest pairing it with a woodsy and sweet soy candle, making Vanilla Tobacco an ideal match.