Hot Cider Toddy
Combining the best of both worlds, this cocktail blends the fruity spice of mulled cider with the gentle warmth of a hot toddy. Spike it with The Glenlivet 14 Year Old, a single malt Scotch finished in cognac barrels: Since brandy is commonly added to mulled wine or cider, it builds the perfect bridge between two seasonal favorites.
Make this recipe in a slow cooker, in any quantity you want. For example, using a one-cup measure as a proportional “part” in this recipe, you’ll end up with around 1.5 litres, or about eight 6-ounce servings.
Hot Cider Toddy
2 parts The Glenlivet 14 Year Old Scotch
3 parts non-alcoholic apple cider
1/4 part lemon juice (optional: Instead of lemon juice, add a pat of salted butter for a Hot Buttered Cider Toddy)
1/4 part honey water (equal parts honey and water, thoroughly combined)
Whole spices, such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg
Aromatics, such as orange peel or fresh ginger slices
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and heat covered on low for up to four hours or on high for one hour. (You can also use a pot on the stovetop, but do not let liquid come to a simmer or boil, or the alcohol will evaporate.) Ladle into heatproof mugs or glasses to serve.
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Cocktail party calculations
Count on 1.5 drinks per person per hour. In a standard 750-millilitre bottle, there are five servings (5 ounces each) of wine and 16 servings (1.5 ounces each) of liquor. Sprinkle in some cans of beer, cider and one-pour hard sodas or cocktails, and you’re good to go.
And as always, be sure your guests have a safe way to return home, whether it’s a designated driver, taxi, Uber – or spending the night in the guest room.