Spiced (and spiked) rooibos hot toddy | 9Lives
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Autumn is here, which means that the leaves are changing and the weather is getting colder — and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a Rooibos Hot Toddy? Think rooibos tea, honey, ginger, a splash of lemon and, of course, whiskey! As an added bonus, the honey, ginger and lemon help ward off cold symptoms and soothe a sore throat or runny nose! So, what’s stopping you?

Spiced Rooibos Hot Toddy


Makes 2 cocktails

  • 3 shots whiskey
  • 2 tea bags Rooibos tea
  • 600 ml water
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp honey, or to taste
  • 1 lemon
  • 5cm piece of ginger


This recipe can easily be doubled to make 4 cocktails, or adjusted to make a whole jug to serve after your next braai before the cold sets in.

  1. In a medium pot, combine the water, tea bags, and ginger. Zest the lemon and add 1 tbsp to the mixture, along with the juice of half of the lemon.
  2. Slice two rounds out of the remaining lemon half and set aside to use for garnish later.
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil over a high heat and reduce to a simmer.
  4. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by about a third.
  5. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise and simmer for about a minute.
  6. Strain the tea and reserve the spices.
  7. Add 1 ½ shots of whiskey to each mug or latté glass, add a cinnamon stick and star anise, and garnish the mug with the lemon rounds.
  8. Add about 1 tsp of honey to each glass (more if you like things sweeter),fill to the brim with the tea mixture and stir to dissolve the honey.
  9. Taste your drink — add more lemon juice or lemon zest if it’s too sweet, or add more honey if you want it sweeter.

*Note: Add the spices last to ensure the flavours don’t overpower the tea.


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