Honey Apple-Bourbon Toddy

Honey Apple-Bourbon Toddy

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So, it appears Boston has a bit of a flu problem. I’m knocking on wood as I type to say that I’m very lucky I haven’t been hit with it (yet). I credit this season’s health to my desperately trying not to touch anything on the T, not breathing on the T, and washing my hands every single time I walk by a sink. But if I were to be hit with the flu, I feel like I could fight it off pretty quickly with this drink. It’s a Honey Apple-Bourbon Toddy and yes, it’s another hot drink. This has most definitely been my year of hot cocktails. Which could be another reason I’m warding off sicknesses like a super human (knocking on wood again). I actually made my own apple bourbon for this recipe because Bon Appetit recommended it and it was 100% worth the 3 days I had to wait for it to be done. But if you’re a) dying of the flu and desperately need this NOW or b) just thirsty and would prefer not to wait 3 days, you can use regular bourbon. Maybe a dash of Calvados would be nice, too.

If you’re desperate for a cure, maybe just sip the bourbon instead. But remember, I’m not a doctor, so my health advice may not be 100% reliable. But it’s worth a try, right?

Honey Apple-Bourbon Toddy (makes 2):
Adapted from Bon Appetit
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  • 1-2 T honey
  • 1 C hot water
  • 6 T apple bourbon (recipe below) or plain bourbon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 lemon twists


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If you do decide to make your own apple bourbon, I will assure you that it’s super easy. Though I’ve been known to use Maker’s Mark in baked beans, I decided to get an inexpensive bottle of Jim Beam for my apple bourbon.

Apple Bourbon:
Adapted from Bon Appetit
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  • 750-ML bottle bourbon
  • 4 fuji apples, cored and sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

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Combine ingredients in a pitcher and cover and chill for 3 days. After 3 days, strain the bourbon. And you’re ready to sip away!

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The drink is also the easiest to make. Simply pour hot water in a 2-cup measuring cup and stir honey in. If you are using regular bourbon, use two T honey; if apple bourbon, use one since it’s already sweetened.

Now, add the bourbon and pour the mixture between two glasses. Put a cinnamon stick in the glass and throw on a lemon twist.

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So, my lemon twists aren’t exactly bartender worthy. I’ve actually never made one before. And maybe I’m the biggest idiot in the world, but I JUST discovered you can make them with a zester. Because I watched it on a YouTube video. I love the Internet.

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This drink did sound a tad weird — mixing water with bourbon and honey? But it was honestly one of the best drinks I’ve had in a long time. It’s light and comforting and slightly fruity.

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It had some tea-like qualities, but obviously a little extra zing too. Zing that’s perfect for a cuddle under a blanket on the couch kind of evening…

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Or a sneezing non-stop, body aches kind of evening. Just try it and see how much better you feel and how your flu symptoms subside. I really think this drink is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the flu. I mean, an apple a day does keep the doctor away, right? And cinnamon is always good for health. Also, you could utilize a little more of the lemon if you wanted to, for some extra vitamin C. Whatever it takes.

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Apple bourbon is pretty much my new best friend. Never thought I’d want to sip on bourbon, but welp, here I am. Cocktail Friday AND a flu cure? Today is basically the best day ever.

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If you’re sick with the flu, please make this immediately and then report back. Thank you. And also, you’re welcome.

Have you been sick this winter? What’s your cure?


12 Responses to "Honey Apple-Bourbon Toddy"

  1. Ashley says:

    You know I’m in on this. I actually made TheKitchn’s recipe for apple-spiced bourbon, which used a bit of unfiltered apple juice and spices in addition to apples. This is the perfect way to use it, especially to help stave off sickness. I’ve been eating kale salads and echinacea pills like its my job to stay cold-free.

  2. Gia Grossman says:

    Today is the perfect day for this brrrr! I wish I had one at work 🙂 I love that you made apple bourbon!!!!

  3. Joanne says:

    NYC has been afflicted as well and I’m just crossing my fingers that I stay healthy! BUt if not…at least I know I have this as an option!

  4. Apple bourbon sounds perfect!! I am lucky that I haven’t gotten sick this winter (fingers crossed). But when I do get sick I love drinking lots of tea and eating chilled oranges.

  5. This looks divine! I had a nice 10-day cold right before Christmas, but <> I haven’t caught this flu thing yet. Fingers crossed neither of us do!

  6. Meghan says:

    I have not been sick, miraculously! This looks like a perfect cocktail for such a cold day; I could do with one now. Happy Friday!

  7. cakewhiz says:

    this flu is like the plague…it’s everywhere and so many people are getting sick. at first, it was my husband, then my little baby …sheesh!
    Thanks for the recipe… that’s gotta help 😉

  8. Erica says:

    This definitely sounds like the ultimate flu cure!! I’ve had a sinus infection, no flu…knock on wood..so far!

  9. Theresa says:

    Does the apple bourbon need refridgerated until you use it all or is it just okay to chill in the liquor cabinet?

  10. Sues says:

    @Theresa- I found a lot of mixed info on this… Some say yes, refrigerate it since it has apple in it. And others say, you don’t have to because the alcohol kills everything off. I would probably refrigerate it just to stay safe….

  11. Shannon says:

    apple bourbon… this sounds like quite a fabulous winter cocktail!

  12. Odetta says:

    Seriously I think this could cure my death cold. Going to try it tonight though I wish I had the apple bourbon!

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