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Spiced Hot Toddy with Averna

Spiced Hot Toddy with Averna

Try this toddy made with a warm amaro and a spiced deep, dark brown syrup steeped with peppercorns and cinnamon.

Spiced Hot Toddy with Averna

This winter season you’re going to drink some hot cocktails (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere where you got another 6 months for that. Unless you like hot drinks in hot months. Hey, I drink iced coffee all year round now.) and more than likely a lot of them will have the same old familiar base. While whiskey is always a good partner, or even some nice aged rum, today I turn to a maybe an unlikely addition: Averna.

Now that I’ve had it warmed up, I can’t believe it took me so long to do it! I kept struggling with how I’d make hot whiskey interesting…until I nixed the whiskey altogether. Then what you get is a flavorful hot toddy that’s low on the ABV and the perfect beverage you can start offering with brunch all the way up through dinner. I like a cocktail that has that much potential.

Now you know I can’t leave good enough alone, and I always give you a bit of homework on here in order to make some of these drinks, so it should come as no surprise that I’m requiring a deep, dark brown sugar syrup steeped with peppercorns and cinnamon to accompany this toddy. As much as I like Averna, adding this syrup in there gives it so much flavor, and it kinda comes out tasting like a spicy tea (without the tea).

So curl up alongside a fire with a good cocktail book and one of these Averna Toddies this winter. And save the whiskey for something else.

Spiced Hot Toddy with Averna

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  • Author: Elana Lepowski



For the Spiced Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 ounce Averna
  • 1/2 ounce spiced syrup
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • Lemon peel for garnish


For the Spiced Syrup:

  1. Combine water, brown sugar, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to simmer, stirring, and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for an hour and a half. Strain and store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.

For the Cocktail:

  1. In a heat proof mug, combine Averna, spiced syrup, lemon juice, and boiling water. Garnish with lemon peel and serve immediately.
  • Category: Cocktail


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