Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

An alternative name for this Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy could be “the easiest hot toddy ever” or maybe “spiked hot apple cider.” It’s just good. Simple, delicious, and warming in more ways than one.

You get it, it’s a hot cocktail. Let’s do this.

This is a simple three ingredients plus garnish, so as you could probably guess the quality of those few ingredients matters. I especially think the cinnamon tea matters. Here is my current favorite:

If you’ve never tried Harney and Sons hot cinnamon tea, I highly recommend it. They have a herbal and caffeine version, I always get herbal (as I often drink tea at night and can’t handle caffeine after 3 p.m.). This isn’t even a sponsored post—I just sincerely LOVE this tea.

It smells and tastes kind of like Red Hots candy (although not as sweet, it’s tea not candy). It’s just a very strong cinnamon tea and it’s perfect for this hot toddy recipe.

On the topic of tea, which I could probably go on and on about as I freaking LOVE it, I have to mention that David’s Tea and Numi are fantastic as well. You can also use whatever you can find at your grocery store, but if you think you’re not a tea person, I would suggest you just haven’t had the good stuff yet.

You can omit the booze if you’re needing a hot mocktail in your life this season. It’s still delicious, trust me. Cheers! xo. Emma

P.S. Love hot toddies? Try my Classic Hot Toddy recipe.

5 from 1 vote

Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Servings 1


  • cups apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon tea bag I recommend Harney and Sons
  • 2 ounces rum whiskey, or bourbon all work well


  1. Heat the apple juice to almost boiling then add the tea bag. Allow to steep for 2-3 minutes. Then add the liquor. You can garnish with cinnamon sticks, apple slices, orange peels, or nothing at all.
  2. Rum, whiskey, or bourbon all work well in this hot toddy, so feel free to use what you have and what you love.

Recipe Notes

I don't sweeten this beyond the apple juice, but if you want you can stir in a small spoonful of honey or maple syrup.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Hello ma’am. Good evening from India. Could you please tell me if a cinnamon flavored tea is necessary? Can I make a normal green tea and then sprinkle in some cinnamon powder or a cinnamon stick please? Because flavored tea in india is generally very expensive and being a high school student I can’t afford that for my boyfriend ?

    • Hi! You can make a hot toddy with any flavored tea (I usually just use whatever I have around) and lemon and honey. XX!

  • Your cocktail recipes are always so nice and reasonable to follow. I am craving watermelon season to bring back your spicy watermelon mezcal margarita – yummy!!

  • 5 stars
    This looks and sounds so amazing! Cannot wait to try.


  • yum. hot toddies are my favorite and this one sounds delish… and fantastically easy.

  • This looks delicious! So photogenic too! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • OMGOSHER! This is amazing! I’m going to snow country next week and this is def on my packing list. Thank you!

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