Contributed by: Chef Leigh Ann Chatagnier
Spiced Caramel Apple Hot Toddy
ou will love the warmth from the cinnamon and star anise as well as the hint of sweetness from the apple cider and caramels! The drink is rounded off with a kick of bourbon to keep all the flavors in check and makes this hot toddy one that you are going to love mixing up way past Halloween!
3 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 C Apple Cider
1/8 C Orange Juice – fresh
1 Orange slice
8 Caramel Candy
1 Water splash
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 Star Anise
8 Clove – whole
- In a small saucepan combine apple cider, orange juice, 4 caramel candies, cinnamon stick, star anise, orange slice, and whole cloves, and simmer for 15 minutes until fragrant and caramels have melted stirring occasionally.
- In two heat-safe glasses, add 1 1/2 oz. of bourbon each.
- Take the remaining caramels and add a splash of water to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute until caramels are melted and smooth. (Alternatively, you can melt on the stove.)
- Strain the warmed spiced caramel apple cider into each glass equally, stir with the bourbon, and garnish with an apple slice and drizzle the melted caramels over the rim of each glass.
- Serve immediately.