Hot Apple Toddy
As the evenings get cooler here in the south, I have truly been looking forward to sitting by our new fireplace and enjoying a cocktail. Honestly I have been dreaming about this for almost a year.
Thanks to the hard work of my husband and I, we can now sit by our new outdoor fireplace, as seen in the DIY Patio Paver Project to enjoy a cocktail. Yes we built this patio and fireplace ourselves starting around the end of last year and finishing up early this spring. As you can see we have added a few fun fall colored pillows, throws and blankets to snuggle under as the evening weather gets cooler. Which creates the perfect setting for cocktails under the stars. As you might remember recently went on an Apple Picking Adventure . Which allowed me to pick up some fresh apple cider, to make one of my favorite fall treats. A hot apple toddy, or if you are like me a hot caramel apple toddy. This drink is the perfect fall weather treat to enjoy by the fire. The recipe is very simple and can be made in a crock pot verses the stove. Which will allow you to keep the tasty elixir warm though out the evening, for easy refills.
Let me just say, presentation is everything for me, even if I am making something just for myself I still want it to be pretty. Here, I have slice my apples in the round and used a star shaped cookie cutter to remove the core, then garnished with a cinnamon stick. The apples were soaked in the remaining orange juice, to prevent the apples from browning though out the night. After you have this apples in place this is where you would drizzle the caramel on to make a caramel apple toddy. I also added a few small candles and votives to the tray to provide ambient light and a fun all feel. These cute log pillars are a easy DIY which I pinned to my Pinterest Fall Board, you should totally check it out. I tons of great things pinned for the season.
THE GROCERY LIST
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 star anise
- 2 Tbls fresh clove buds
- In a saucepot, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg , vanilla, orange zest and cloves. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow spices to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain spices. Stir in brown sugar to dissolve. (This can also be done in crock pot for serving outdoors)
- Add in liquor of choice ( I add one shot put cup)
- Serve with sliced apples (pre soaked in orange juice to prevent browning) , cinnamon sticks, or caramel.
- Enjoy an evening under the stars by a roaring fire.