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Sweet Nothings Hot Toddy

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Warming rooibos and bourbon fuel this wintry hot toddy.

Spice things up with this hot toddy combining bourbon with a black pepper–infused rooibos.


  • 3 oz. brewed tea base
  • 3 oz. milk
  • 1½ oz. bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Tools:tea linen or tea ball, saucepan, spoon
  • Glass:mug
  • Garnish:cinnamon stick and freshly ground cinnamon


To make the tea base, heat 6 oz. of water until hot (but not boiling) and pour into a heat-safe container. In a tea linen or tea ball, combine 1¼ tsp. of rooibos, ½ tsp. of chopped vanilla bean and ¼ tsp. of black peppercorns. Brew in the hot water for 5 minutes, gently agitating from time to time. Remove the tea sachet/ball. Pour 3 oz. of the tea base into a saucepan. Add the milk, bourbon and sugar. Let it sit over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a heat-safe mug and garnish.

Reprinted with permission from Wise Cocktails: The Owl’s Brew Guide to Crafting & Brewing Tea-Based Beverages by Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield. Published by Rodale.

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