Hot Caramel Apple Toddy

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 permanent 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 throughout 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.


  • 2 Tbsp ground Cinnamon
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 star anise pods
  1. 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)
    1. 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.
  2. Add one shot per glass of William Wolf Caramel Frisky Whiskey
  3. Serve with sliced apples (pre soaked in orange juice to prevent browning) , cinnamon sticks, or caramel.
  4. Enjoy an evening under the stars next to a roaring fire.

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

  2. 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!

  3. Consider this post saved!!! I have heard so much about Apple Toddy and never knew how to create them for myself. Thanks to you now I can!

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

  5. Lakisha Corbett

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

  6. I want to sit out on your patio and drink fresh cider! How wonderfully fall! I love sitting by the fire.

  7. Britta Clugston

    Nice post. This has fall written all over it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 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!

  9. Handmade Soy Candles

    Loved it! Great job, I read your blog occasionally 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 🙂

  10. doodle bug

    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.

  11. Sarah Bennett

    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.

  12. Glenda

    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!

  13. raven

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

  14. tj.girl

    Yum, I gotta try this one out. Maybe with some Apple Jack instead 😉

  15. Nana Gram

    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.

  16. Vonetta

    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

  17. Lydia Powers

    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 😉

  18. Darjeeling

    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

  19. mamaknows

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

  20. Patriot143

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

  21. Heather

    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.

  22. Nikki

    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.

  23. Addison Wheeler

    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!

  24. Yolanda Berry

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

  25. Ranna Simms

    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.

  26. Star Hammond

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

  27. Aubrey Andrews

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

  28. Kate Andrews

    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.

  29. Alicia @ What a Difference A Day Makes

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

  30. Samara Patel

    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.

  31. the cheap jordan's

    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.

  32. Dotty Mitchell

    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.

  33. Kendall | Is it nap time yet?

    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.

  34. 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.

  35. Boris1977

    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!

  36. Amelia Grayson

    This drink looks do good with the cooler weather starting to roll in, just had to turn our heat on today 😀 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.

  37. k durant

    Good post. I want to make use of some with the content on my weblog whether you don’t mind. Natually I will offer you a hyperlink on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  38. NVMD

    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.

  39. Original Olivia

    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.

  40. Becky Black

    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!

  41. sweethomealabama

    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.

  42. Our Little Fox Hole

    Now your talking, load that puppy up with Jack Daniels for me, pass on the fruit :D!

  43. Marla Weinzimer

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

  44. Angie Pickler

    Very nicely done looks so pretty and tasty, I certainly love this website, keep on keeping on you got it

  45. sunshine and daisies

    Jen this sounds amazing, I love a good toddy.Thanks for the recipe.

  46. Trina Covington

    very nice submit, i definitely love this web site, keep on it

  47. Morgan Vantassel

    Many thanks for providing all the pieces to make a great fall evening!

  48. Katie Moore

    After study a number of of the blog posts in your website now, and I really like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and shall be checking again soon. Pls check out my site as effectively and let me know what you think.

  49. Pink Warrior Walker

    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!

  50. lia

    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!

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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. 🙂 Go Falcons!!!

  54. Torri Sykes

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

  55. 5 stars
    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?

  56. Elizabeth O.

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

  57. 5 stars
    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.

  58. Beth

    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!!!!!!!!

  59. Chantel

    You have really great things on your site I would like to feature this drink for a party over the weekend.

  60. Addison Longmire

    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.

  61. 42 herber

    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.

  62. 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 🙂

  63. kelli booth

    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.

  64. November Bride

    5 stars
    This would make a great signature drink for my farm themed wedding next November, in Indiana, as it tend to be cold around this time.

  65. Tabitha Grantz

    Just wanted to let you know that we made these over the holiday’s and they were so fantastic. Warm drinks that could be made in a large crockpot and left on warm all day was perfect. Then we let the adults add there own extras as they wished separately. It was the perfect cocktail for all day holiday entertaining. Thanks!

  66. Pam

    I love how you cored he apples with little star shape inside, perfect for the holidays. We had these on Christmas Eve with our family while waiting up on Santa Claus 😉 Thank you for providing a recipe which will now become a family tradition.

  67. Sauumye

    These are super yummy and I just want to stop by say how many all my friends and family enjoyed them over the holiday season. Thank you for sharing.

  68. Penny Edwards

    These sound so good and look amazing. Plus that backdrop of a outdoor fireplace makes them even more appealing. You got to love the space, I would be out there all the time if I had one.

  69. Kimberly Nester

    Your fireplace it glorious, and so beautiful. I bet you use it all the time. I got to try out these pretty drinks, I love the stars you cut into the apples, too cute. I am always looking for something warm for the winter months, thanks.

  70. Jewel Carter

    The presentation on this sweet little toddy is very impressive. I would have never thought to core an apple with a cookie cutter. Some of you ideas are so simple they make me wonder how we all missed them all this time. Just keep up all you outstanding work and we will all keep reading on and learning your ways.

  71. April Helmsworth

    You fireplace is Grade A, prime time perfection. The cocktails exceed all my expectations and the presentation is beautiful. Thank you again for all the details on how to recreate the masterpiece.

  72. Kayden Weldon

    I wanted say this drink looks like the perfect winter sipping drink. I love apple cider so I would drink it all year if I could. Love that fireplace it is a beautiful addition to your backyard.

  73. Ashley Meaurs

    5 stars
    I simply wanted to post a quick note so as to express gratitude to you for some of the marvelous items you are showing here. The star shape add to the apple topper and all the other attention to details are first rate.

  74. Land of Nod

    This looks so good I will pin it for later. Thanks

  75. Home at Mimi's

    5 stars
    How cute are these? I love the star shape you used to core the apple. With or with out alcohol this is a really cute presentation. The grand kids will love it.

  76. christian southern life

    I think you photos are amazingly beautiful and worthy of a magazine like southern living. I just wanted to say how much I love you fireplace and the cute little drinks you made to enjoy that space. The star cookie cutter is a great idea to core our those apple slice with some flair. Great job, great blog, adding to feed burner.

  77. Kristina Gavigan

    5 stars
    Love this post it looks so good and sounds delicious! Plus, I like your writing so much!

  78. Aly

    Perfect aesthetics!!! Looks so delicious!!

  79. Fiorella

    So delicious and enjoying it in a very cozy place!

  80. 5 stars
    Anytime you are looking for a company on that beautiful backyard space I’m volunteering to sit in the cozy chair, by the cozy fireplace, with some delicious apple toddy.

  81. Amy L Coats

    This looks like the perfect fall drink! It’s finally getting cold here, so time to start drinking the warm drinks!

  82. 5 stars
    I have never heard of this before and i’m so glad that I saw this post! It looks so yummy!

  83. I really love the decor that you chose for the outdoor space. Everything looks so perfectly placed and is the perfect fall theme. I had no idea what an Apple Toddy was until reading this and it was very interesting to learn that soaking apples in a citrus juice can help it from turning brown. That was new to me too, thank you for sharing xxx

  84. Never has apple toddys before, but I love me anything with caramel.

  85. 5 stars
    Omg I wish I was right there at the fireplace sipping on that toddy as well! It all looks so cozy.

  86. 5 stars
    This looks yum! I am always in awe with your pics and the decor! Great post!

  87. Stephanie

    5 stars
    I love everything about this, from the recipe to the star shaped cutout to the styling of the patio, so great!

  88. 5 stars
    I personally don’t drink but this looks great !

  89. 5 stars
    Are you kidding me… the cutest drink presentation ever! I love the star on the apple with a cinnamon stick and high five to an awesome DIY fireplace. I wish I was getting cozy in front of it right now. Love it!

  90. Briana they taste great even without the alcohol inside as a hot apple cider too!

  91. Tana

    5 stars
    I can already imagine how amazing this smells! I’m pregnant this fall but will for sure be trying a virgin version!

  92. Amber Myers

    5 stars
    I would love to sip on this! I will keep it in mind when it gets chilly out. This will be perfect!

  93. 5 stars
    This looks amazing and perfect for fall!

  94. Edith Aguirre

    5 stars
    This looks like the perfect homey fall drink, thank you for sharing this recipe.
    I’m going to make it this weekend.

  95. Digitaldaybook

    5 stars
    Oh this sounds scrumptious! And I can’t help but agree to the fact that a lot of things taste better next to fire! Hehe

  96. Bella

    5 stars
    Yumm this looks so good! I love a good hot toddy!! thanks for sharing this recipe gonna have to make this

  97. Your yard looks so cozy and inviting. My husband would love this drink

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