The perfect boozy beverage for a cold winter’s night. This blood orange hot toddy is sure to cure whatever ails you.The perfect boozy beverage for a cold winter's night. This blood orange hot toddy is sure to cure whatever ails you.I’m no cocktail blogger. In fact, I think the last time I posted a boozy beverage recipe was this time last year with my vegan Mexican spiced boozy hot chocolate. But I think at least once a year we deserve a cocktail, right?! 😉Blood Orange Hot ToddyI was inspired to make a cocktail this week because of the blood orange. Citrus is in-season right now and I can’t get enough! I especially love blood oranges because of their dark, bold, purple/red hue. Now I know, I know, you can cook with blood oranges. And I’ve got a recipe for that soon. But for now, we drink. I originally thought about making a blood orange mojito but we’re in the middle of winter people and Boston just experienced sub zero temps over the weekend so forgive me if I’m not feeling very tropical.

I’ll tell you what I am feeling. Hibernation. Cuddling. Cozying up on the couch with Netflix (and Steve, of course). Burying myself under blankets. And warm cocktails. Like hot toddies. Blood Orange Hot ToddyI think the first time I had a hot toddy I was feeling a bit under the weather and someone told me it was nature’s adult cough syrup. I can’t say the drink treated my cold but it surely made me feel a little better for a few hours :).

I do love a hot toddy during the winter. Cold or no cold. It can warm you up on a winter’s night in no time. I’ve only had your standard hot toddy though – bourbon/whiskey, lemon, honey, hot water. I’ve never changed it up from my usual recipe. But I thought why not swap one citrus for another? Blood orange, anyone?

Blood oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C (120% DV!) and packed with the antioxidant anthocyanin, which may help treat/prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.Hot Toddy with Blood Orange The recipe is about as simple as it gets: four ingredients. Heat them up in a couple minutes and voila, it’s time to grab the blankets and Netflix.

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Blood Orange Hot Toddy

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  • Yield: Serves two


  • 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • Optional garnishes: blood orange slices and/or star anise


  1. Heat water, honey and blood orange juice over stovetop in a small saucepan or heat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until hot.
  2. Stir in the booze and divide evenly between mugs.
  3. Optional: Garnish mugs with blood orange slices and/or star anise.
  4. Cheers!

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  1. YUM! These look so comforting and cozy- perfect for a cold winter weekend!

  2. You had me at hot toddy! This is not only delicious looking, it is absolutely beautiful!

  3. This reminds me of my Blood Orange Chai Latte! I’m obsessed with blood oranges at the moment, so warming up with one of these is always welcome. 🙂

  4. love these photos! They look amazing. This recipe is the perfect evening drink to cozy up with.

  5. I always think of winter drinks of being rich and creamy. This looks so beautiful and light. Must try!

  6. Once in a year? And you choose whiskey? You are brave! I bet these would be the perfect gender neutral drink to serve though!

    • Haha obviously the once a year comment was total sarcasm ;). My whiskey/bourbon tolerance is limited LOL. I can only handle them in hot toddies or winter cocktails with warming spices.

  7. These are BEAUTIFUL and so up my alley! Definitely adding to the weekend agenda 🙂

  8. Yummy! I’m going to the snow this weekend and this looks like the perfect drink!

  9. Maddy

    Ha Kara made hot toddies last weekend with honey, lemon and bourbon they were delicious now I will try blood orange!