Secret Recipe Club: Cinnamon Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Cinnamon and dried hibiscus flowers add a merry and bright twist to the classic hot toddy for a delicious holiday treat.

A very merry December to all! With the holiday season in full swing, I only had one thing in mind while choosing a recipe for The Secret Recipe Club... Something festive for the holidays! My assignment this month is A Fit and Spicy Life written by Mellissa whose tagline perfectly sums up her blog, "A lot of cooking, a little wine, and workouts to keep it all inline." Full of health-conscious recipes like Ramen Noodle Salad, Ginger Carrot Soup, and her Spinach, Mushroom & Onion Mini-Frittatas, you'll also find fitness tips and wine recommendations on her weekly Wine Wednesday series.

I chose Mellissa's Hot Toddy recipe for a couple of reasons. One, I'd never tried a Hot Toddy, because I'm more of a Hot Buttered Rum girl. And two, because it sounded like a delicious after-dinner cocktail to keep you warm and toasty on a cold winter's night. And that it was! I may have had a little too much fun trying this recipe, but that's just the kind of sacrifice us food bloggers have to make every once in a while. I made and loved Mellissa's classic Hot Toddy recipe that calls for just hot water, whiskey, and lemon juice. It's the kind of cocktail that would be perfect when you're feeling under the weather. You could even make this cocktail with whatever teas you have sitting in your pantry, like chamomile, orange pekoe, or lemongrass tea. But it was my homemade Cinnamon-Hibiscus Flower Tea that won me over. The dried hibiscus flowers add a vibrant and festive ruby red color to the cocktail, while the cinnamon gives it a hint of spice that is just perfect for your next holiday party.

Cinnamon Hibiscus Hot Toddy
(recipe adapted from A Fit and Spicy Life)


  • 4 cups water 
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (flor de jamaica)  
  • 8 oz. whiskey (I used Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey) 
  • 4 oz. lime juice 
  • 1/4 cup honey  
  • Lime slices (for garnish) 

Simmer the cinnamon stick and dried hibiscus flowers in the 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan over low heat until it comes to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, remove hibiscus flowers and cinnamon stick. For each toddy pour 2 oz. whiskey, 1 oz. lime juice, and 1 tablespoon honey into a coffee mug, stirring gently to combine. Fill each coffee mug with the hot cinnamon hibiscus tea. Garnish with lime slices. Enjoy! 

Yields 4 servings

Receta en español

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