hot vodka tea toddy {Thanksgiving cocktail}

This hot vodka tea toddy holiday cocktail recipe is part of a sponsored post on behalf of SocialStars and Sweet ‘N Low #donthesitaste

Most of the year in Palm Springs it is hot to very hot, meaning I take most of my beverages iced.  So, when November rolls around and the weather cools off, I take full advantage.  Not much says fall more than warm beverages in mugs between cold hands, right?  I love coffee but try to avoid it since I get jittery easily.  Tea is my jam, though, and I drink a ton of it.  Since it is the weekend, I decided to spike my tea and add some classic fall flavors like clove and fresh lemon to create a perfect Thanksgiving cocktail – the Hot Vodka Tea Toddy!

vodak hot toddy tea

The lemons on my tree are finally turning yellow and I couldn’t be more excited, since I am a citrus junkie!  There is a massive amount of them, so expect several more lemon-focused recipes to be coming your way soon.   Of course they are really perfect for brightening beverages, so let’s get to the recipe!

lemon tree

One of my favorite flavor combinations is lemon with clove, which goes perfect in a black tea.  I’m using an English Breakfast tea, which is a yummy blend of Indian black teas, in this case: Assam, Darjeeling and other black teas.  you could certainly use straight Darjeeling though if you have it on hand.  While the tea is still super hot, drop in a lemon peel pierced with cloves, a cinnamon stick and a star anise.

This recipe is a play on a hot toddy, the quintessential cold weather cocktail.  I cannot think of a more appropriate cocktail for Thanksgiving, but I really wanted to do something with black tea, so I swapped the water for tea!  Easy!


vodka hot tea toddy

To keep this Thanksgiving cocktail light, I used Sweet ‘N Low zero calorie sweetener rather than my usual honey.  This is a great swap for those of us watching our calorie intake.  With the big “food holidays” coming, it is the perfect time to start cutting back.  Save your calories for dessert (though Sweet ‘N Low works in baked goods as well)!

russian hot toddy

For more recipes to lighten your beverages and meals this holiday season, check out these recipes at Sweet ‘N Low!

Vodka Tea Toddy

  • 6 oz freshly brewed black tea, hot
  • 2 oz premium vodka
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Sweet ‘N Low packet
  • lemon peel
  • whole cloves
  • cinnamon stick
  • star anise
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass or mug.  Stir and enjoy!


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    I use hot today’s when I’m sick. Drink it, cover up under blankets and sweat it out. Works every time, on the first try.

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