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Warm Up With This Hard Cider Hot Toddy Recipe

If there’s anything cozier than drinking a hot toddy on a fall day while staring out the window imagining that the soundtrack to "When Harry Met Sally" is actually the soundtrack to your life, we don’t know about it. 

What we do know is that the only thing better than a hot toddy made with its classic booze of choice – whiskey – is this sequel (or adaptation?) made with warm hard cider spiked with brandy.

If you’re having a large party, whip up a big batch, keep it warm on the stove and top with brandy just before serving. 

Trust us, everyone will want to have what you’re having.

Hard Cider Hot Toddy 

5 ounces Foggy Ridge Serious Cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pods star anise
4 whole cloves
1 tablespoon Catskill Mountain Fall Honey
2 ounces Mouth Exclusive Single Barrel Brandy
½ tablespoon lemon juice


1. In a small sauce pot, combine Serious Cider, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 pod star anise and cloves.
2. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let steep for 10-15 minutes.
3. Strain liquid into a mug and discard steeped spices. Stir in honey, brandy and lemon juice.
4. Garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick and star anise pod.

Serves 1

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