When the evenings begin at five and the darkness holds a chill, we turn to the warm, bright comforts of spice, hot tea, and Scotch to create a Cinnamon Spiced Hot Toddy. The history of hot cocktails stretches back to the Roman Empire, where spiced, mulled wine provided a brace against winter. The rise of the British Empire and the colonization of India saw the appropriation of the Hindi tadi, a drink made from fermented palm sap. By the late 1700's, the British had claimed the drink as their own and defined it as a mix of any liquor, hot water, sugar, and spice.
Our Cinnamon Spiced Hot Toddy follows that tradition and is built for balance and an evening of relaxed sipping. We start with Firepot's Soul Revival (available on Firepot's website or in our cafes), a turmeric chai created by spicing black tea from Assam, India, to honor the toddy's origin. Scotch serves as a nod to the British for popularizing the drink in western Europe, and we tie the drink together with the same Cinnamon Cardamom simple syrup we use in our seasonal latte in our cafes.
To bring an added layer of depth to your Scotch's peat and the syrup's cinnamon infusion, we recommend pre-smoking your mug by charring a cinnamon stick. If you just love our Cinnamon Cardamom Latte and want to experience at home, we recommend brewing a cup of coffee, adding an ounce of the syrup, and topping it with an ounce or two of milk for a home version second to none.
Cinnamon Spiced Hot Toddy
Cook / Brew Time
2 recipes in one, as we recreate our cafes' Cinnamon Cardamom Simple Syrup for use in the Cinnamon Spice Hot Toddy cocktail.
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
20 grams cinnamon (2-3 sticks)
20 grams cardamom pods
¾ oz Cinnamon Cardamom Simple Syrup
1 Cinnamon Stick (optional)
1 Firepot Soul Revival sachet
6oz boiling water
1.5 oz Scotch (your favorite, though a medium-peat Scotch is recommended)
Cinnamon Cardamom Simple Syrup Recipe
Cinnamon Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe
Cinnamon Cardamom Simple Syrup Directions
Add sugar to water over high heat and stir to dissolve
When water boils, lower to simmer
Add Cinnamon and Cardamom
Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring intermittently
Pour syrup through strainer
Remove from heat and let cool. Syrup holds for 10 days when refrigerated.
Cinnamon Spiced Hot Toddy Directions
(Optional mug prep) Char cinnamon stick until it begins to flame and smoke. Place under upside-down mug.
Add Soul Revival to off-the-boil water, steep for 4 minutes in teapot.
Add Scotch to teapot.
Add Cinnamon Cardamom Simple Syrup to teapot.
Flip mug over, pour cocktail into mug, and enjoy!
The Cinnamon Cardamom Simple Syrup is the same syrup we use in our cafes' Cinnamon Cardamom Latte, and we highly recommend it in your morning cup as a sweet treat, but if 16 servings is too much syrup for your use, halving the syrup recipe will still produce enough syrup for 8 great cocktails!
Shop Firepot's Soul Revival tea sachets: Go to firepot.com