Blackberry Hot Toddy

You will be relieved however to know that there is some common ground detailing what the basic building blocks should be:  an alcoholic spirit, a sweetener, lemon and some kind of warm base (tea, cider or water).  The recipe below makes use of fresh blackberry juice, both as a sweetener and a gorgeous color saturation enhancer.



  • 6 oz package of blackberries (set aside 2 berries for garnish)
  • 4 oz bourbon whiskey (gin or rum can be substituted)
  • 2 tsp raw sugar (plus extra for edge of glass – optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz Earl Grey or other mild, freshly brewed hot tea
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 long sprig of thyme


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