Hot Apple Toddy

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 (click to link) 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 (link here). 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 (here).


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 star anise
  • 2 Tbls fresh clove buds
  1. 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) 
  2. Add in liquor of choice ( I add one shot put cup) 
  3. Serve with sliced apples (pre soaked in orange juice to prevent browning) , cinnamon sticks, or caramel.
  4. Enjoy an evening under the stars by a roaring fire. 


  1. This looks perfect for a cool weather celebration. Maybe add fireball to the mix and use it for a spicy valentines cocktail for our engagement party.

  2. When I first saw the picture I wondered how you made that star shape in the drink..genius!! I am coming over, save me a cup!!! Thanks for sharing at Create and Celebrate..pinning ­čÖé

  3. I just saw this!!! Do you know how cooly really are? I have done cider before but never like this, you completely take apple cider to a whole ‘nother presentation level, and that fireplace, I want to be in your group friends to sit in front of that on the weekends.

  4. Thank you a lot for giving everyone such a great fall treat for parties and gathering. I know this will be seen at our holiday gathers this year with you perfect apple slices adorning the tops.

  5. Would you be interested about exchanging hyperlinks? You have really great thing on your site I would like to feature.

  6. I did not know that you had recipes too, I thought you were just a home decor blogger, apparently you have more than one trick in your bag. Love this recipe and how cute you made the drinks look. Oh and lets not forget about that gorgeous outdoor fireplace, I may need to read more about that!!!!!!!!

  7. You’re so cool! Love this idea for a party tonight. I already got the cider and apples for bobbing so I can cut some up for the topper too.

  8. Apple cider is my fav, so add in a little somethin’-somethin’ and you got a good time in a glass!

  9. You made some great fall drink here. I think I will try them at our next tail gate party. It seems like it would stay hot in a thermal carafe? Any suggestions?

    • Yes I think a thermal carafe would work perfectly, I would recommend adding the liquor upon dispensing verses pre mixing. It will allow for my apple cider and then people can add as much or as little as they want. ­čÖé Go Falcons!!!

  10. Oh this looks so warm and inviting, the little apple slices on top really make the presentation special too. Good job.

  11. You had me at apple toddy, I love warm apple cider, it is a treat I can give my kids and feel better about than most. Love you created a adult version for mommies sippy cup.

  12. The perfect thing to make after apple picking, so glad you linked these posts together it was very easy to navigate over here too. Love the sweet star shapes you cut into the apples too.

  13. I would like to express my appreciation to you for sharing such a fun fall entertaining idea. I will not think twice about recommending your web sites to all my friends at our party Saturday night, since it was your brilliant idea that spawned this get together. Thanks again, from my booze crew!

  14. It needs to said I get pleasure from reading a post that conveys a air of happiness. Additionally, thanks for for the great drink idea!

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  16. It’s hard to find knowledgeable folks on hot to make a toddy, however you sound like you know what you are talking about! Thanks for the recipe.

  17. These are so cute, the pictures are so big end they should be in southern living or some other publication like that.

  18. Now your talking, load that puppy up with Jack Daniels for me, pass on the fruit :D! Adding your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Looking for forward to reading more from you later on!

  19. I love this idea, we are hosting a 5k, and I think a cider bar would be a great addition to our set up. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  20. We having a fall hoe down, here in Nebraska, and I am in charge of setting up a cider station. I will be totally be stealing the star apple topper idea, as it turned out so cute and made this drink look so appealing. Thanks!

  21. Needed you to put you the very little note that says “these drinks may cause addiction” on your post. We tried them last weekend and oh they were so good. So I just wanted to say thanks a lot, again you made my event, and my daughters birthday party was a hit with all the mama’s that stayed.

  22. These are the cutest little cocktail I have ever seen. I bet parties at your house are the event to been seen at, can I just move in next door and be your neighbor? Great post and beautiful pictures.

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  24. This drink looks do good with the cooler weather starting to roll in, just had to turn our heat on today ­čśÇ Speaking of heat your outdoor fireplace is so pretty, where did you get it? I would love to have one in our outdoor pergola area.

  25. Apple cider is one of my seasonal favorites and I really like the twist you provided to this version. Nice photo too, since we all eat with our eyes first. All the best!

  26. This is perfect for fall football and having our friends over. Do you think Fireball would be good in it? That’s all my husband’s friends drink, besides beer.

    • Kendall yes I think that would be a very good choice. You may want to consider using fewer spices as you brew it. It might add too much cinnamon with the spices and fireball.

  27. I am not a bog drinker nut I love the way you dress this apple cider. The star cutouts on the apples slices really elevates this drink such a simple way. I really love all your creative endeavors and attention to details.

  28. I’m often to blogging all about how to save money and get the most out of life. I really recognize the quality of your content. This article has actually peaks my interest, on how you can make some simple seem like it is so much more. I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for brand spanking new information.

  29. I drink a lot of teas, and warmed juices similar to ciders. I like how you even decorated your drinks. Clearly there is no end to what you will decorate next.

  30. Those apples slices make the entire drink look fun! It love how you take something so simple and make it something everyone wants.

  31. The Apple Toddy looks tasty and sounds super yummy, and what about that outdoor fireplace!!!!!!! Now that is impressive. Also wanted to say great pictures by the way, they are so clear crisp and of good composition.

  32. I love anything with a star and these sweet little apples are perfect, making them my signature fall drink! Thanks girl ­čÖé

  33. Look good and sounds easy to make, which I really like. I wanted to say thanks for another great libation, once again.

  34. Such great recipe is always worth a comment. I believe that this is one of the best hot apple drinks I have seen, and your pictures certainly look fantastic! Trying it this weekend, Cheers.

  35. These are the cutest little cocktails, the way you dress the up it is fun. Star cut apple slices, so cute.

  36. I love apples and the fall so thanks for combining my favorite things! I won’t hesitate to refer this blog to anyone it is great!

  37. Actually rarely do I encounter a weblog that offers me something that is both educative and entertaining. Your Apple toddy idea is outstanding. I’m very glad that I stumbled upon this recipe in search search for warm fall drinks, relating to this.

  38. This drink looks absolutely delish! I love the way you made cute little stars in the apples slices with cinnamon stir sticks!!!! Good tip about the lemon juice to keep them from turning brown too.

  39. I love a good warm drink, for the colder months. I will pin this for the winter months.

  40. Oh my I love apple cider, I will have to pin this one for later. #mamatime #mamassippycup

  41. I apologized I got a little cheeky on my last comment, but after viewing this post with your palatial fireplace. I am officially booking a trip across the pond to stay. We can work out a trade of sorts, Cheerio

  42. I was searching for a fun fall cocktail and I stumbled upon this gorgeous scene from a movie set. Your back yard is stunning and the caramel apple toddy’s are pretty good too ­čśë

  43. I do not drink much anymore but I wanted to say really love the way you cut star shapes into the apples to core them. Sometimes it is the details that make the difference.

  44. Now I just want to be your neighbor, I bet you neighbors love to come to your house. I mean cocktails by the fire, it does not get any better than that! How do I join the inner circle? LOL

  45. these look so good for a cold fall night. your fireplace look equally as inviting. pretty picture too

  46. First of all let me just say I love your outdoor fireplace. I also can’t wait to try the Apple Toddy, we are going apple picking this weekend so I will get some really good cider then. Cheers!

  47. These look so yummy, and your fire place is beautiful! I can not believe that you built it. You have some mad talent and skillz.

  48. I just left you Apple Pie post and found this tasty grown up treat too! I am really enjoying your site, thank you for sharing such great recipes.

  49. Loved it! Great job, I read your blog occassionally and you’re always coming up with some of the best articles.
    I shared this with my followers on facebook and my followers loved
    it! Keep up the good work ­čÖé

  50. First of all, I loved your patio and it is so inviting with its fireplace! Nothing can beat the experience of having cocktails or hot apple toddy at your patio in a Fall evening! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  51. The setting of your outdoor area is just so perfect for the cooling temperatures and the hot apple toddy a delicious treat

  52. OMG not only does the drink look delicious but the setting as well. I totally visioned myself sitting by the fire place,sipping. lol

  53. No I am jelous! That looks very inviting! I can see myself sitting there with a cup (or two) hot apple toddy listning the sound of the fire cracking! Ohhh sooo cozy!

  54. That sounds AND looks delicious – a perfect Fall drink! I love how you’ve set up the photo too, your candles look so cosy!

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