In South Georgia, cold is never a guarantee, even in winter. But just in case, the Apple Pie Hot Toddy recipe imagined here in Brunswick has you back.
On one of the few cold nights of the year, customers and staff at Tipsy McSway gathered for the restaurant and bar’s annual Thanksgiving feast. Susan Bates, the owner of the downtown establishment, hand-made a bunch of apple bread pudding for dessert for the evening, not knowing anything about the creation her apple syrup would help inspire.
“We like to reuse the things we use in the bar or the kitchen and not create a whole lot of trash,” said bartender Mallory Hanack, who created the libation. “It was for our Thanksgiving dinner at Tipsy’s; Susan made an apple bread pudding. She used that apple syrup for the drizzle, so I took what was left and built this.
What started out as a way to entice cold visitors with a warm and inviting mug has grown into one of the most popular features of the night.
“When I ran out of it at the bar, I didn’t have any extra apple syrup, so I just had to make another hot toddy,” which didn’t go as well, Hanack observed.
“It was a hot tea-based toddy, but people wanted what they had in their cups a minute ago. We will definitely bring him back.
Common characteristics of hot toddy, at least the southern variety, are hot tea, bourbon, lemon, and honey.
“He’s a cousin,” Hanack explained. “The flavors – the apple pie, the cinnamon, the vanilla – it gives the cocktail more body than normal.”
Starting with apple syrup, she added several flavors associated with the winter season: vanilla, cinnamon, spices and a few varieties of citrus.
Whipped cream vodka, spicy vodka and orange liqueur provided the alcohol content and contributed to the flavor, she said. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and Grand Marnier orange liqueur, that’s what Hanack uses. The spiced rum, however, left her to her liking. Lemon and orange leftovers from the bar completed the Christmas-themed taste.
Hot toddlers are a great treat in general cold weather or a remedy for your ailments.
“When you’re sick, these helped me heal really quickly,” Hanack added.
0.5 cup Grand Marnier orange liqueur
1.5 cups Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
Instructions: Combine apple syrup, sliced apples, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat over high heat until the mixture reaches a near boil, cook until it reaches a pasty texture.
Filter the resulting syrup in a slow cooker, adding the vodka, spiced rum and liqueur. Heat over high heat until the mixture reaches the boiling point, then allow to cool.
For added flavor, serve with orange and lemon slices and a cinnamon stick.