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For all of you trimming the tree this weekend, or just snuggling by the fire, this Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Toddy is totally for you.

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Can you guys tell I’m really having fun with the Christmas Drink Saturday posts this year? I never thought I would say this, but these have really become some of my favorite posts to put together. It’s odd because I’m really not much of a drinker. Like at all. I’m more likely to very slowly sip on a cocktail and can almost never finish an entire drink. I know, kind of lame, but either way, I absolutely love making these fun and festive drinks for the holidays.  

This toddy recipe however? I think I could slowly sip on these all afternoon, and then into the late night. It’s such a warm and cozy drink, perfect for sipping on while decorating the tree, which is exactly what I did with my mom and little miss Asher (she had hot cocoa). We finally cut down our Christmas trees and I could not resist helping with decorating my parent’s tree when Asher so sweetly asked me to come over. I mean, how could I say no to that little girl?

I made these naughty and nice cinnamon toddies and we listened to Christmas music while climbing up and down the ladder hanging ornaments. It was the perfect way to spend a Thursday night. While we sipped and decorated, mom and I went back and forth on just what to call this toddy recipe. I love giving my cocktails fun names, so we brainstormed cute options. In the end though? It was actually Asher who came up with the Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Toddy name, and as soon as she said I knew it was perfect. This is naughty because of the bourbon, and nice because of the cinnamon and honey.

Leave it to the nine-year to pick the perfect cocktail name…

Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Toddy | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Toddy | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Toddy | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Anyway, this is a drink my whole family truly loves. Unlike a lot of holiday cocktails, this is one that I would actually consider healthy(ish) for us to drink. It’s not sweet except for a touch of honey, it’s hinted with citrus, spiced with a little cinnamon, and then spiked with bourbon. I’m thinking it could help cure almost any cold (hello to throat soothing honey, warming antioxidant loaded cinnamon, and cold fighting winter citrus). It’s also warm, which you know I love, especially during these cold December days.

My recommendation? Mix up this warming drink sometime today, tomorrow, or maybe even as a mid-week pick me up (hey, it’s December…anything goes!). I also recommend that you sip on it while sitting by the fire, because I mean, come on, how amazing does that sound?

Toddies by the fire on a cold night…perfect!

Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Toddy | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Bourbon Toddy

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 146 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small cinnamon stick, plus more for serving
  • 1 orange slices, plus more for serving
  • 1-2 ounces bourbon, depending on your taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, honey, cinnamon, and orange slices to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, remove from the heat, and let sit 5 minutes. Stir in the bourbon and lemon juice.
    2. Pour the toddy into a glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Naughty and Nice Cinnamon Bourbon Toddy Punch

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 173 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving
  • 2 orange slices, plus more for serving
  • 6-8 ounces (3/4-1 cup) bourbon, depending on your taste
  • juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, honey, cinnamon, and orange slices to a boil. Boil 2-3 minutes, remove from the heat, and let sit 5 minutes. Stir in the bourbon and lemon juice. 
    2. Divide the toddy's among 4 glasses. Garnish with each with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

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  1. 4 stars
    Yummy as written but didn’t give me as much of a punch as I was looking for. Next time I’ll boil for 3 mins then let it simmer for at least a half hour to hour to try and get more of that orange peel and cinnamon flavor…I might actually just zest the orange instead of just doing slices bc I love that butter note…it is really tasty as it is but I personally would love to amp up the flavor just a little more

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe. I loveeee craft cocktails and this gives me the feel sans being at the bar. Keep the recipes coming!

  3. 5 stars
    Just finished making this toddy! It is delicious and it certainly cuts some of the chill on this cold November night. I am sure you have thought of this before… but it would be amazing if you created a cookbook just of cocktails! I own your first cookbook – I love it! I also so often am checking out your blog for cocktail inspiration. As I fellow devout Harry Potter fan, I especially love your themed drinks! If you ever decide to make a cocktail themed book, I would be SO happy!

    Thank you for the Toddy recipe! Cheers!

    1. You are too sweet! That would be pretty cool to make! I am really glad you have been enjoying all of my cocktails, Natalie! Thank you so much! xTieghan

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