Two glasses of our Apple Cider Hot Rooibos Toddy recipe topped with sliced lemon
5 from 8 votes

Apple Cider Rooibos Hot Toddy

Simple, soul-warming apple cider hot toddy infused with ginger, cinnamon, and rooibos tea. Spicy, naturally sweet, and perfect for cold winter nights.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 2 (beverages)
Category: Beverage
Cuisine: Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days


  • 1 1/2 cups unfiltered apple juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 medium lemon, juiced (more for tart)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or sub 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon per 1 cinnamon stick)
  • 5-6 slices fresh ginger (1/4-inch thick)
  • 1 healthy pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch each salt + pepper
  • 2 rooibos tea bags (or sub chai tea)
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne (for spice/heat) (optional)
  • 1 ounce bourbon (we love Bulleit Rye Whiskey) (optional)
  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetener (coconut sugar or maple syrup // optional)


  1. Add apple juice, water, lemon, cinnamon stick, fresh ginger, ground ginger, and salt + pepper to a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer, then turn off heat and add rooibos tea bags. Steep for 10-12 minutes, still on the stove (heat turned off).
  2. Sample and adjust flavor as needed, adding cayenne and/or bourbon at this time. If you find it needs more sweetness, add coconut sugar or maple syrup (optional).

  3. Remove tea bags and divide between two (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) serving glasses, with additional slices of lemon. Serve hot.

  4. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep covered well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculatedĀ without bourbon.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2 beverages)