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Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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6 cups apple cider

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

A few gratings nutmeg 

Seeds from 1 vanilla bean 

One 2-inch piece orange zest 

3/4 cup best-quality bourbon, optional 

Whipped cream, for serving 


  1. Combine the apple cider, brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla seeds and orange zest in a medium saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Divide among heat-proof mugs, top with a splash of bourbon if desired and a few dollops of whipped cream.