Hot Caramel Apple Toddy
Hot Caramel Apple Toddy is perfect as the evening’s get cooler here in the south. I have truly been looking forward to sitting by our new fireplace and enjoying a cocktail.
My Hot Caramel Apple Toddy tastes even better next to this beautiful fireplace. Thanks to the hard work of my husband, we can now sit by our new outdoor fireplace, as seen in the DIY Patio Paver Project to enjoy a nice fall themed cocktail. Yes we built this patio and fireplace ourselves starting around the end of last year and finishing up early this spring, and as this weather is cooling down we are loving every minute of it.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. We relocated from the Sleeping Porch when we did our first One Room Challenge this past spring, so it now has a permeant home on the patio. You will find that I really like to repurpose items in my home. As long as I still love them, and they are functional I will keep them and just dress them up to look new with each passing season.You may also remember a few weeks ago we went on an Apple Picking Adventure. This allowed me to pick up some fresh apple cider, to make one of my all time favorite fall treats. A hot apple toddy, or in my case a hot caramel apple toddy! This drink is the quintessential fall weather drink, and is perfect to enjoy by the fire while relaxing under the stars. It is a very simple recipe that can be premade on the stove, crock pot or Instant Pot if you planning a large event or gathering. Either of these options will allow you to keep the tasty elixir warm throughout the evening, and readily available for self service refills for your guests. Which frees you up for other things during a party and whether it’s simmering on the stove or on low in a crock pot your guests will be able to help themselves. Let me just say, presentation is everything for me. So even if I am making something small for myself, I still want it to be pretty. Here, I have sliced my apples in the round and used a star shaped cookie cutter to remove the core, and seeds then garnished with a cinnamon stir stick. The apples were pre soaked in fresh orange juice, to prevent them from browning though out the night. After you have this apple slice on top of your drink then drizzle with caramel on top to make it a caramel apple toddy.
Cooking tip- if you pre-slice apples for a DIY bar or even your lunch, you might want to consider leaving them in a citrus juice to prevent browning. Just to set the mood, I added a few small candles and votives to the tray for ambient lighting as it gets darker. These cute log pillars are could be an easy DIY which I pinned to my Pinterest Fall Board, you should totally check it out. I just pinned a tons of great things on my “to do list” for the season.
THE GROCERY LIST
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 star anise
- 2 tbs fresh clove buds
- A sauce pan or Instant Pot, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg , vanilla, orange zest and cloves. bring to boil on stove, Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow spices to steep for 10-15 minutes. Use Strainer spoon to remove spices Stir in brown sugar to dissolve. (This can also be done in crock pot for serving outdoors)
- If you are using an Instant Pot use High Pressure for 10 minutes and allow to vent naturally before removing lid an additional 10 minutes. Use Strainer spoon to remove spices. Stir in brown sugar to dissolve.
- Add one shot per glass of William Wolf Caramel Frisky Whiskey
- Serve with sliced apples (pre soaked in orange juice to prevent browning) , cinnamon sticks, or caramel.
- Enjoy an evening under the stars next to a roaring fire.
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