Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert

December 4, 2017 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Hot Toddy in a dessert form? Darn right! This Hot Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert seems so wrong, but it is oh-so-right and dang delicious.

Naughty Hot Toddy finished on table with cinnamon and spoon

We have been making quite a few hot toddy cocktails lately. We have made a traditional hot toddy and we have a few variations on that traditional recipe coming up. And while I love cocktails, I wanted to try a different recipe for this post. I thought it would be fun to bring the spirit of a hot toddy and fireplace flavors to a dessert. So, today, we are going to flip the story on the hot toddy and make a hot toddy ice cream with a brandy honey lemon glaze topping. Because it is sort of an opposite hot toddy and because it is fluffy friendly (not low calorie), I am going to call this one a Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert.

Quasi Churned Ice Cream

Yes, we do have an ice cream maker. Do I want to churn ice cream? Not really. What I have been in the habit of doing over the past year or so is taking some extra time and just sort of churning the ice cream myself in the freezer. I thought about pulling together a recipe for the gadget, but I decided to roll with what I do when I make this stuff at home. I am sure there are some chefs or foodie people who might be cringing at this, but it tastes good. Besides, we are talking about heavy cream, sugar, and dessert flavors. Can we really go wrong?

Well, one thing can go sorta wrong. I have found that the bad thing about this recipe is you do have to babysit it over a long period of time. It doesn’t need that much time, but it does need attention. If allowed to freeze without churning, it can turn hard and if this happens, it is a bit more like a frozen cream block than ice cream. If you give the ice cream the attention it needs, however, it turns out great.

The choice was made to use brown sugar. I thought the flavor profile of molasses (we all know that brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses, right?) would work well since we are trying to create an ice cream with a spice flavor. I feel that the molasses adds to the flavor profile of our Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert

The brandy and lemon flavorings were more appropriate for the topping, so I left those out. Also, I thought it might be a little tricky to incorporate the honey, so I am leaving that for the topping. In our ice cream, we are going to have the spice flavors that you might taste in a hot toddy. I am adding ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

finished naughty hot toddy next to napkin

Brandy Honey Lemon Glaze

This was a new one for me. I have made all sorts of fruit toppings, but I have never made an alcohol forward ice cream topping. It couldn’t be that hard, right? Well, after several attempts, I think I got it right. It is very similar to making a cherry or blackberry topping, but basically with no fruit. It is clear, which isn’t ideal, but it tastes good. Tasting good is ideal. To make this, we add all of the ingredients and just let it thicken like we would a compote.

The topping tastes really good cold, but keeping in the hot toddy tradition, I prefer to serve this with a warm topping.

squeezing lemon into pan to make ice hot toddy topping

So, I think all of these ingredients come together really nicely to embody the spirit of a Hot Toddy in dessert form. Enjoy the Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert.

eating hot toddy ice cream dessert in my kitchen wearing a 'do your okayest' t-shirt ME eating the yums. Please Pin this recipe.


Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert

Naughty Hot Toddy finished on table with cinnamon and spoon

The essence of a hot toddy cocktail in a delicious ice cream dessert. The Naughty Hot Toddy Ice Cream Dessert is tasty and a perfect holiday treat.

  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Hours
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Churn
  • Cuisine: English


For Cinnamon Clove Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)

For Hot Toddy Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Lemon Juice, 1/2 lemon
  • Lemon Zest, 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated


Spiced Ice Cream:

  1. Add all ingredients to glass bowl and stir.
  2. Place in Freezer for one hour.
  3. Take out and stir.
  4. Check again in 45 minutes.
  5. Stir.
  6. Check again in 30 minutes
  7. Stir.
  8. Repeat stirring every 30 minutes until ice cream is done and has an ice cream consistency.

Honey Lemon Brandy Topping

  • Add all ingredients to sauce pan
  • Bring to boil while constantly stirring, being careful not to allow to burn.
  • Once at a boil, let simmer for 15 or so minutes, making sure to tend to the sauce and not burn. The goal is to let it thicken. It will be even thicker when cooled.

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  • Reply
    Cheapskate Cook
    December 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! Also, where did you get your Okayest T? I want one ?

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      ha! I think I got it on Woot T-shirts.

    • Reply
      January 7, 2018 at 8:18 am

      I want one too

      • Reply
        January 7, 2018 at 2:18 pm

        You better have one!

  • Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    This looks like an amazing recipe.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you Brandi. A guy has to do what he has to do to stay snatched, right?

  • Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Now this looks just like something I need right now. I might have to make myself some for dessert.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      I think that sounds like a great idea!

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    Amy Nash
    December 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Sounds like a delicious treat perfect for this time of year! Although I really don’t mind busting out the ol’ ice cream maker and letting it churn away. But your makeshift method has me intrigued…

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Yeah. I sometimes feel that an ice cream maker is just as much work and more of a mess than doing it this way. Like I said, it probably isn’t right. It does, however, taste right. 🙂

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    December 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    When I read the title I thought you were talking about toddy which is collected early mornings from coconuts on the tree.
    Your ice cream is calling out my name! ?

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Not sure what the ‘early mornings’ are, but if you are talking about palm wine, yes there is a distinct difference between what a toddy is in the west vs much of the world.

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    December 5, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Well for the adult ice lovers this holiday season, this would make the perfect dessert. Happy holidays….and eat ice cream!!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    December 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    That sounds so interesting! I’ve never even had a hot toddy 😉 , and I’d definitely try this dessert!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    December 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    That lemon glaze sounds like a phenomenal addition here – I always love a good boozy dessert option!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    December 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This looks like an interesting recipe. Never had toddy in ice cream before.

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    December 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Yes! This is perfect! I love hot toddy’s and having it with ice cream? So good. I look forward to trying your recipe!! Especially the toddy part of it. 😉

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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    December 6, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    im not a hot toddy person but in an icecream form, i think i will enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply
    Erica Acevedo
    December 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    First of all, I want your shirt. Secondly, hot toddy in my ice cream? Whoa buddy…this is genius. I LOVE it!

    • Reply
      December 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much! I really strive to do my Okayest. 😉 I think I found it on Woot! T-Shirts.

  • Reply
    Analida Braeger
    December 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I think I want to make some of the naughty toddy mix for cold season! A few shots of that might knock out the bug!

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    December 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    The ice cream flavors alone are brilliant! But with the topping, I’m sure it’s over the top.

  • Reply
    December 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I love that you turned this into an ice cream dish. Sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    prasanna hede
    December 10, 2017 at 11:29 am

    interesting recipe.never tried toddy but looks like an awesome idea!

  • Reply
    December 10, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Yes, yes, YES. You had me at the recipe name, but this sounds like absolute perfection. I’m a firm believer that ice cream should be enjoyed year round, and this give it the perfect boozy holiday spin!

    • Reply
      Ben Myhre
      December 11, 2017 at 6:50 am

      I agree! Ice cream is beyond season. 😉

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Hey, this is such an interesting recipe! And I don’t have an ice-cream maker, so this recipe is perfect for me.

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