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. 


Last-Minute Christmas Gift: Learn How to Make Soy Candles

Maybe your girl friend is really hard to shop for, or maybe you haven't had time to shop this holiday season because you've just recently escaped the underground laboratory of a mad man who's spent the last seven years treating you as a lab rat in his unthinkable medical experiments. I don't know your life, and I'm certainly not judging you for not having your gifts all purchased and neatly wrapped under the tree.

I'm here to help. Instead of making a last-minute trip to the mall, you can give the gift of knowledge, experience, and booze through my Chicago soy candle making class on Dabble: Make Soy Candles and Drink Hot Toddies


Throughout the two-hour class at Paperish Mess, I teach folks how to make soy candles from start to finish, and send them home with their very own handmade soy candles in the containers of their choice. To spark on creativity (and further motivate people to leave their homes in January and February—life is hard), I'm serving complimentary hot toddies. 

Here are some students basking in the glory of their candle creations:


And here's an especially chic lineup of containers. When I saw these, I felt like a proud mother who had only just given birth. 


Perhaps best of all, if you register for a Dabble class during the 12 Days of Dabble, you'll be entered to win some amazing gifts and experiences. Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles is contributing a little something to the contest, so keep an eye out here!