Gretchen Powers’ Signature Maple Hot Toddy

Gretchen Powers is a filmmaker and photographer, as well as a Vermonter, transplanted to Kodiak, Alaska and now back in the Green Mountain State. This recipe was developed in her time in Alaska in order to take a taste of home with her to the great white north, but conveniently it works in any geography.

Staying warm in the AK requires that she stays active. This time of year she also warms up after a day outdoors with a Maple Hot Toddy.

“The best hot toddies are packed with taste. A little sweet, a little spice, and a little sour — combine that trifecta with your favorite whiskey that warms you to the core on a cold winter night.”

This classic cocktail will bring festive cheer to a holiday gathering or just warms the soul curling up on the couch with a book. Gretchen put together this simple recipe which we know you’ll enjoy… (ahem) if you’re 21 or over!

  • 1 overflowing shot of bourbon
  • 1 spiced tea bag
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1/2 — 1 Maple UnTapped
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Boil water and pour into a mug with your preferred spiced tea bag to steep. Give the lemon slice a quick squeeze and add to the tea. Add bourbon and Maple UnTapped. Stir with a cinnamon stick and add to mug as garnish. Enjoy!

As an even simple alteration to this recipe, it’s as easy as reaching for Mapleaid! To a piping hot mug of water, add up to 3/4 to 1 serving of Lemon Tea Mapleaid. Pour in your favorite whiskey and give it a light stir. If you’re in need of some spice, opt for Ginger Mapleiad. Feeling downright wild? Combine Lemon Tea and Ginger for a ethereal combination.