Hot apple toddy. Photo and recipe courtesy
January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day; January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day.
The two drinks are pretty much the same thing. A toddy can be made with any spirit (brandy, rum, whiskey) while hot buttered rum is specifically a rum toddy (and these days, no butter is included).
While this toddy recipe from the U.S. Apple Association does not use rum, it’s a truly delicious—and related—way to celebrate the day. The Association calls it “apple pie in a glass.”
Ideally you should serve it in glass mugs or Irish coffee glasses, but any mug will do.
APPLE TODDY RECIPE
Ingredients For 2 Servings
1. COMBINE cider, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and brown sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
2. REMOVE from heat and divide between two Irish coffee glasses or mugs. Transfer a cinnamon stick to each.
3. TOP each glass with half the sherry and brandy. Serve hot.