January 2017 remains an epic and memorable winter for me! Temperatures had dropped to almost 10 Degrees and the cold wave was sending shivers in the air. While several suggestions were being floated to spruce up the bar at my annual winter party, I was looking for an alternate warm drink to the usual mulled wine. Guess luck was also in a mood to shine upon my party because just then my friend Harsh Shodhan-(Gourmet Catering Co.) stirred up this wonderful Apple Toddy, and before you know it, I had more friends dance to his awesome concoction than any other spirit or Bollywood Dhamaka, and the encores just didn’t seem to end!!!
Incidentally, this Toddy is just as gorgeous without alcohol and can be served as a warm Apple Tea!
This drink is at its original best when made with Apple Cider…So for the lucky ones who manage to get fresh pressed cider in their cities, please substitute the apple juice with it.
Warm Apple Toddy
|Preparation Time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
Ingredients for Warm Apple Toddy
(1 cup = 250 ml) (1 tbsp = 15 ml)
|300 ml.||Apple juice (I used Real Brand Apple Juice)|
|2 Nos.||Star Anise|
|3-4 Nos.||Cinnamon sticks|
|1-2 tbsp||Lime juice|
|60 ml||Whiskey, Rum or Brandy.|
|A pinch of grated nutmeg (Fresh preferably)|
Instructions for Warm Apple Toddy
|1.||Warm the apple juice in a saucepan along with all the spices.|
|2.||Let it simmer on a low flame for 10 to 15 minutes|
|3.||Let the spices get infused with the apple juice.|
|4.||Remove from heat. Stir in honey to dissolve. Add the lime juice and strain the mixture into a mug.|
|5.||Add in the Whiskey or Brandy or Rum and enjoy it really hot. Serve with a cinnamon stick, star anise and lemon slices.|
I hope you can give this easy Apple Toddy recipe a try! Its a perfect cocktail/mocktail for any upcoming Christmas/ New years celebration party! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram.Happy Cooking!