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Three glasses filled with hot toddy, fresh fruit and spices floating in drink.


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5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This hot toddy recipe is made with rum, pineapple, honey, and warm spices. It’s the perfect festive fall or winter drink to soothe the body or to simply enjoy with good company. It has some great nutritional benefits, too!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 cups pineapple juice or orange juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons honey (preferably raw)
  • 6 to 8 ounces spiced rum and/or whiskey (combine if desired)
  • 8 ounces ginger ale or sparkling water with ginger bitters
  • 2 cinnamon sticks and pinch of cinnamon (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Orange peel or slices to garnish
  • Star anise or whole cloves to garnish

Optional mix ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 oz non dairy cream or 2 Tablespoons butter (warmed)


  1. Place juice, water, honey, ginger ale, and alcohol in a small pot on stove. Simmer on medium until combined and honey is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in cinnamon sticks and remaining spices. Continue simmering on low or medium low for another 5 minutes. If you are adding cream/butter and/or vanilla extract, do so here. Heat and stir until combined.
  3. Pour into 2-3 glasses and then garnish with star anise, orange slices, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top if desired. Enjoy!


Non-alcoholic hot toddy version – Repace 4 ounces of rum or whiskey with a 6 ounces of ginger or cinnamon herbal tea. Still warming for the soul!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: drink
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: american