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Toby Maloney’s Ginger Toddy

A soothing winter warmer that’s a cinch to make.

“There isn’t much besides a sumptuous quilt in a reading nook strewn with pillows that can deliver comfort like a hot toddy,” says The Violet Hour’s Toby Maloney. This drink is “kind of like an Old Fashioned with hot water, but adding ginger amps it up, gives it a secondary heat, and makes it fantastically soothing. There is applejack in this recipe, but you could switch out for whiskey or rum or Cognac and it would still be as wicked as the Jersey Devil,” he says.


  • 1 oz. apple brandy (Maloney uses Laird's Bottled-in-Bond)
  • 1/2 oz. ginger syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Demerara syrup (1:1)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Reagan's orange bitters
  • lemon peel
  • 6-8 oz. hot water, to top (plus 6 oz. water to temper)
  • Glass:mug
  • Garnish:clove-studded orange peel, expressed and inserted


Place a mug in the sink or on a plate. Fill it with hot water, and gently place a small shaker in the mug, bottom side first. A bit of water may spill over the top. Into the tin, dash the bitters, express and drop in the lemon peel, add the syrups, then the brandy. Give that a stir and press the lemon peel deep into the liquid so it gets fully saturated. Let it sit for about a minute so the cocktail takes on the heat of the tin. When it seems hot enough, carefully take the shaker out of the mug. Discard the hot water from the mug and pour the cocktail from the tin to the mug. Remove the lemon peel. Top with hot water and express and drop in the orange peel.

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