Two glasses of our Chili Cinnamon Hot Toddy recipe topped with lemon slices
4.82 from 11 votes

Spiced Cinnamon Bourbon Hot Toddy

A simple, 7-ingredient hot toddy with chili-cinnamon infused maple simple syrup. Tart from lemon and sweet from the simple syrup and bourbon. A naturally sweetened, warming cocktail for the colder months.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Category: Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine: Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 weeks



  • 1 cup maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice, such as cane sugar or honey if not vegan)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 dried red chili pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks


  • 1/2 medium lemon (juiced)
  • 3-4 Tbsp spiced maple simple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon (rye or traditional // 2 ounces equals ~4 Tbsp)
  • Hot water (to fill)
  • Lemon wedge + cinnamon stick (for garnish)


  1. Add maple syrup, water, cinnamon sticks, chili, and red pepper flakes to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes - 1 hour (or longer). Strain and pour into a glass jar for serving.
  2. To make a single toddy, add the juice of half a lemon, 3-4 Tbsp Chili Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup, 2 ounces bourbon, and hot water to top (use less water for a stronger drink, more water for a weaker drink).
  3. Garnish with another cinnamon stick and lemon slice or wedge and serve. The longer it steeps the stronger the cinnamon, lemon flavor becomes.
  4. Repeat for more drinks or make a large batch to serve a crowd by simply multiplying ingredients by number of drinks you need.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 3 Tbsp simple syrup per drink.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6)