Whiskey Cocktail Hour: Satsuma Hot Toddy - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Cocktail Hour: Satsuma Hot Toddy

I was recently asked to design some holiday themed cocktails for the Whiskey Wash holiday party. One of the cocktails I designed for the event was a Holiday Old Fashioned with a spiced syrup. It turned out so well, and many people commented that it was the best old fashioned they had ever had, which was of course the best compliment I could imagine. Other than the spiced syrup, there wasn’t anything fancy about it. It was just bourbon, Angostura bitters, and an orange twist. Easy peasy!

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Despite the 150 people we served at the event, I still had a ton of the spiced syrup left over afterwards, so I decided to use it in a hot toddy the next day. Man, was it good. The cardamom in this syrup really stands out, and I am personally a huge fan of cardamom. Typically you’ll see lemon in hot toddies, but cardamom and orange is such a classic combination that I decided that would be my base for this hot toddy. Satsumas, to be exact. In addition to the clementine juice and spiced syrup, I also added a bit of lemon juice for tartness and balance, and a star anise to give that wonderful spicy nose to the drink as you’re sipping it.

I’m actually not usually a fan of hot toddies. They often seem a bit weak and thin in flavor. But this one turned out to be so delicious that I think I will keep it in regular rotation this winter on particularly cold days, or even when I’m not feeling well. Give it a try at home and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your tried and true recipes for hot toddies.

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Satsuma Hot Toddy

  • 1 1/2 oz blended Scotch (I used Monkey Shoulder)
  • 1/2 oz satsuma juice
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz spiced syrup*
  • Hot ater

Instructions: Add all ingredients to a heat-proof mug. Stir and top with a satsuma wheel and a piece of star anise.


*Spiced Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise

Instructions: Add all ingredients to a pot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Once mixture boils, remove from heat and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain out solids and store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

For more awesome winter cocktails, check out the fern + shaker site, and follow along on Instagram

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