Maple Spiced Toddy

Recipe contributed by Kathy Hester, HealthySlowCooking.com

Prep Time: 5 minutes      Cooking Time: 15 minutes     

Maple Spiced Toddy

Once the temperatures drop, you need a few warm drinks that are as easy to make as they are to drink. This toddy has the traditional bourbon and tea and adds warming spices and maple syrup for fall inspiration.

Ingredients

  • 4 green cardamom pods

  • 3 whole allspice berries

  • 1 whole clove

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon stick chunks

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon black tea (or 2 small tea bags)

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Instructions

    1. Place the cardamom, allspice, clove, and cinnamon in either a large metal tea ball or small muslin bag. Add the spices and water to a saucepan and bring it to almost a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
    2. Remove the pan from heat, leaving in the spices, and add the black tea (in a different tea ball) and steep for 4 minutes.
    3. Remove the spices and tea. Stir in the bourbon and maple syrup and pour into mugs. Add a squeeze of lemon if desired.

Kitchen Tips

If you don’t have a tea ball or muslin bag, add the spices and loose tea directly to the water. When the tea is brewed pour through a fine mesh strainer into a metal bowl or teapot to strain. Stir in the bourbon and maple syrup as above.

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