Brrrrrrr! It is chilly out there. This San Francisco cold spell has made me realize exactly how soft I’ve gotten living out here when it comes to winter weather (…as I see pics of snow drifts and frozen windshields back East).

Not to worry, though. I have just the thing to warm you right up! This Caramel Apple Hot Toddy will do the trick quite nicely. Imagine a caramel apple. Liquify it, liqueur it up, and get it warm and toasty. That’s right, you now have the perfect boozy winter beverage for those mittened hands of yours.

This hot toddy is super simple too – just apple cider spiked with Applejack brandy (which by the way is a product of New Jersey! Like me! And diners!), and infused with cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and cloves. As if this isn’t delicious enough as is, we then bring on the salted caramel. Oh hell yes.

Warm, sweet, buttery, and full of Christmas spices, this hot toddy is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Merry Merry!!!

Apple Cider Hot Toddy with Salted Caramel //

Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

Yield: 10 cups

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

‘Tis the season to cozy up with a hot toddy! This apple cider version is warm, sweet, buttery, and full of holiday spices. Imagine a caramel apple. Liquify it, liqueur it up, and get it warm and toasty. In other words, imagine the perfect boozy winter beverage. This is it.


  • Half gallon apple cider
  • 2 cups Applejack brandy (or to taste)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • ¼ cup salted caramel (*can be made ahead)


  1. In a large pot, combine the apple cider, brandy, cinnamon sticks (crush them to get more flavor out of them) and cloves. Smash cardamom pods open with the flat side of your knife (just like smashing garlic), and add them to the pot. Stir in the caramel sauce.
  2. Bring to a simmer and serve while hot. Feel warm and cozy all over, maybe find some mistletoe to stand under.