Apple and thyme hot toddy

A warm, soothing hot toddy is a favourite nightcap – with or without alcohol it’s such a treat!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 2
Dairy Free, Gluten Free


  • 500 ml apple juice
  • ½ lemon juice and peel (no pith)
  • 4-5 sprigs sprigs thyme or 1 cinnamon stick or ½ tsp whole cloves
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • brandy rum or whisky 1 shot (optional)


  • Combine apple juice and lemon with your choice of thyme, cinnamon or whole cloves and mint in a small pan.
  • Simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Strain into glasses or mugs and stir in a shot of brandy, rum or whisky into each glass if you wish.


This hot toddy recipe is great with thyme, or you could even use cinnamon or cloves for a spiced flavour. It’s a take on hot apple cider that is popular in the USA over Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Use a high quality apple juice for this recipe – preferably one that’s 100% apple juice or close to it.