Apple Ginger Hot Toddy

December 11, 2017 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Some tasty zing in this Hot Toddy recipe. The Apple Ginger Hot Toddy is a delicious way to drink a hot brandy cocktail.

Apple Ginger Hot Toddy in irish coffee mug with cinnamon stick and apple slice.

It has become one of my evening rituals to have a glass of ginger water and honey. I think it helps me get ready for bed and sleep. In fact, many people believe both honey and ginger can aid in sleep. If I can get a great night of sleep, the next day is usually that much better. I thought it would be fun to incorporate this into a toddy recipe and maybe add some apple, as apples go so great with both honey and ginger flavors. We have been diving deep into the world of hot toddies and today we are going to make an Apple Ginger Hot Toddy.

Getting Apple Ginger Hot toddy ingredients put together. Pouring cider into pot with fruit in background

Ginger water

I guess I didn’t even know that ginger water was a thing, but I guess it is. I have partaken in Kombucha that was infused with ginger before and it tastes great. My wife made some ginger beer not that long ago and I loved the stuff, but it was quite the process to make. No, it isn’t that it is even really a big deal, but it does require care. I already have lots of yeast-based critters that need attention. So I just started boiling some chopped up ginger and stored the resulting drink in a mason jar. Every night I swipe a little bit to warm up and add honey once heated.


As we talked about in a previous post, I have made the transition from using whiskey to brandy for my hot toddies. While it could really be any spirit that was available at the time to make a historically accurate hot toddy, I decided that the flavor profile of brandy works better in this cocktail. Additionally, the oldest reference I could find to a specific spirit in a hot toddy recipe was to brandy. For these reasons, I am using brandy as my alcohol in this apple ginger hot toddy recipe.

overhead shot of apple ginger hot toddy sitting on blue cloth

 So, get ready for some more Fall and Winter flavors with this apple ginger hot toddy. Please take a second to follow on Pinterest and if you are liking the blog, please subscribe!

Apple Ginger Hot Toddy

Apple Ginger Hot Toddy in irish coffee mug with cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Check out this Apple Ginger Hot Toddy Recipe! It combines the hot comfort of a toddy with an extra feel-good of apple and ginger.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Drinks 1x
  • Category: Cocktials
  • Method: Heating
  • Cuisine: English


For Ginger Water

  • 1 Quart Water
  • 3 1 inch hunks of Ginger

For Apple Ginger Hot Toddy

  • 8 Ounces of water
  • 4 ounces of ginger water
  • 4 Ounces of Apple Juice or Cider
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 Ounces of Brandy
  • 2 Apple slice to garnish


To Make Ginger Water

  1. Add Ginger and Water to sauce pan and boil for 3 minutes
  2. Once cooled, put in quart mason jar and store in fridge until used

To make Apple Ginger Hot Toddy

  1. In medium sauce pan, add clove, water, ginger water, and apple juice.
  2. Bring to a soft boil and remove from heat
  3. While water is warming and before removed, add honey and brandy equally to two mugs
  4. Add hot water equally to both mugs
  5. Stir with spoon
  6. Once cooled down enough to drink, add apple slices and serve

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  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Love the combo of the ginger and apple…sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 11:50 am

      It is such a great combination.

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    Traci The Kitchen Girl
    December 11, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Nice Ben! I’m drinking ginger every day too…although not with honey and brandy. Yummm, looks like a keeper! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      December 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

      I would recommend the honey… at least… just a tad before bed time. I can really tell from my fitbit that the quality of sleep I get improves. I would also suggest the Brandy, but maybe not every day on the brandy. 😉

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    December 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

    You are me hero. This is one of my favorite winter drinks and I lost my recipe. Really sounds delicious.

  • Reply
    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Hot toddy drinks are so yummy for cold winter nights. This looks great!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you Marlynn!

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    Jessica Robinson
    December 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Sounds like a very festive drink! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks for visiting!

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    December 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    the perfect soothing drink to have over the cold days!

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      December 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      It is very nommy! thanks for sharing!

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    December 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Yum! If it weren’t 7:00 am, I might make one of these right now!

    Looks amazing, simple, perfect.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

      It’s 5 o’clock somewhere? lol.

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    December 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I love ginger and honey together! Yum. I can just imagine that it would make you sleep better! This apple ginger hot toddy looks so delicious! And soothing. And fabulous. And gimme now.

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    December 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Coming in from a cold day on the slopes or snow shoeing would be great if this was waiting. Perfect fireside drink too…curled up in front of the TV watching a movie (and the snow falling).

    • Reply
      December 16, 2017 at 9:26 am

      I miss skiing. I need to consider getting back to it soon, although I just had knee surgery, so it may be a minute.

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    December 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I think I should try this too, I have been fighting insomnia lately. Right now it’s 4 am and I could need your hot toddy. It’s known that ginger strengthens the immune system so I can imagine how ginger water would help me in relaxing.

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    Analida @
    December 13, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I love the ginger and honey idea for an evening drink. I try to eat local honey in the morning to help with my allergies and I’ve seen and improvement. The toddy sounds great!

    • Reply
      December 16, 2017 at 9:26 am

      the one thing to consider is to add your honey AFTER you heat the drink. boiling or cooking honey can harm its medicinal properties.

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    Veena Azmanov
    December 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I love hot toddy in this cold winter days. The ginger and honey sure does help me sleep better. This would honestly be a treat for me tonight.

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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    December 14, 2017 at 3:02 am

    this sounds like a great night cap. i love ginger and honey together in general but never thought of hot toddy.

    • Reply
      December 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

      A fun way to imbibe in a cocktail AND some nice tea like flavors.

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    December 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

    This is exactly the kind of cocktail I need before bed – sure to help me sleep like a baby 🙂

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    Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    December 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    This sounds so good! I can see this being the perfect beverage to end the evening

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    December 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Ginger water? Who knew?! This looks like the perfect thing to sip on a cold winter’s night. YUM!

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    Claire @ The Simple, Sweet Life
    December 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This sounds perfect for the cold winter days we’ve been having lately! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    • Reply
      December 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks for visiting and reading!

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    Jessica Pinney
    December 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love when it’s hot toddy season! The temperature is supposed to drop here this week and I’m definitely going to try your recipe out.

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      The temp is supposed to drop here this week, as well! -16 on the radar. 🙁

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    July 1, 2019 at 1:35 am

    A hot toddy shot is a great drink to whip up at home since it’s just a few basic ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.

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