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The brandy hot toddy has a warm flavor with notes of cinnamon and apple! It’s the perfect hot drink for cold weather.

Brandy Hot Toddy

Looking for a warming drink with brandy? Try the Brandy Hot Toddy! This variation on the classic Hot Toddy is uniquely delicious, featuring the fruity, sweet taste of brandy with apple and cinnamon. Adding hot water opens up the flavor of the liquor so you can appreciate the complexity in each sip. Use any type of brandy you have on hand, and cup your hands around the warm mug for the ideal cozy drink.

Ingredients in a hot toddy with brandy

The hot toddy is a mixed drink made of liquor, hot water, and honey. It’s got a long history: it was drunk in Britain as early as the 1780’s, likely originating from India. By the mid-1800’s it had spread across the ocean: Americans were prescribing it as a cure for the common cold.

The original British hot toddy was made with whiskey, like Scotch. Once it spread to America, Americans began drinking it with the spirits they had access to: rum or brandy. So you can imagine early Americans drinking this to warm up around a fire, or as a cure for various ailments. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a hot toddy with brandy:

  • Brandy of any type
  • Maple syrup or honey: we prefer the flavor with maple syrup
  • Hot water
  • For the garnish: Apple slices and cinnamon stick
Brandy Hot Toddy

Types of brandy

You can use any type of brandy you have on hand for a Brandy Hot Toddy. It’s a casual drink, so save your top-shelf Cognac for something more sophisticated (a Brandy Manhattan or Sidecar, perhaps?). Here are a few types of brandy to consider:

  • American brandy, any type of brandy made in the US: we used Korbel brandy (also great in a Wisconsin Old Fashioned)
  • Cognac, a French brandy that tastes spicy, fruity, and bitter, with notes of vanilla and oak
  • Armagnac, a more full-flavored, richer French brandy, with notes of dark caramel, chocolate and burnt orange
  • Calvados, an apple or pear brandy made in France
  • Brandy de Jerez, Spanish brandy that tastes dry and smooth, with notes of caramel, almond and vanilla

Pisco is also a type of brandy: it’s Peruvian and has a much different flavor profile. Save that for a classic Pisco Sour!

How to make a Brandy Hot Toddy

For a brandy hot toddy, all you have to do is combine brandy, maple syrup and hot water. For this variation, we added sliced apples and a cinnamon stick as a garnish. The apple flavor really does come through, adding a nice fruity complexity. Here’s what to do:

  • Mix: In the serving glass, stir together 3 tablespoons brandy with 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey. The maple syrup works well here flavor-wise, but you can use honey if you prefer.
  • Add apples to the glass. This way when you pour over the water, you’ll get a nice apple aroma.
  • Add hot water: Pour in ½ cup hot water.
  • Garnish: Add a cinnamon stick if desired.
Brandy Hot Toddy

Make it for a crowd

Want to make this brandy hot toddy for a crowd? You can do that too. Simply simmer 8 times the ingredients on the stovetop until hot but not boiling. Then garnish as specified above. It’s an easy way to serve it when entertaining.

More hot toddy recipes

There are several ways to make a hot toddy! Here are some of our favorites to try:

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Brandy Hot Toddy

Brandy Hot Toddy

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The brandy hot toddy has a warm flavor with notes of cinnamon and apple! It’s the perfect hot drink for cold weather.


  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) brandy
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • ½ cup steaming hot water
  • 3 apple slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In the serving glass, stir together the brandy and maple syrup.
  2. Add the apple slices to the glass. Pour in the hot water and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  3. Variation for 8 servings: Warm 4 cups water, 1 ½ cups brandy, and 4 tablespoons maple syrup on the stovetop until hot but not boiling. Garnish as in Step 3 and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Brandy hot toddy

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Your recipe for brandy hot toddy starts – mix 3 tablespoons rum ????
    Made it with brandy though and it is delicious

    1. The official recipe card at the bottom was correct, but this was a typo in an above paragraph talking about the method. We corrected it — thank you!