Booze-Free Toddy With Apple Shrub

January  5, 2022
2 Ratings
Photo by MJ Kroeger. PROP STYLIST: Brooke Deonarine. FOOD STYLIST: Lauren LaPenna.
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 drink
Test Kitchen Notes

If you’re looking for a comforting beverage to warm you this winter, look no further than the Hot Toddy. This recipe puts a non-alcoholic spin on the classic drink using Seedlip’s Grove 42, a non-alcoholic spirit flavored with three types of Mediterranean orange, ginger, lemongrass, and lemon peel. The addition of a homemade apple and black pepper shrub teases out the citrus even more and amps up the ginger’s natural zest. Before serving, warm your glassware so that your toddy stays toasty for as long as possible (and keeps your hands warm, to boot).

This recipe is shared in partnership with Seedlip. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • For the toddy:
  • 1 ½ ounces Seedlip Grove 42
  • ¾ ounces black pepper and apple shrub
  • ½ ounces black tea syrup
  • Candied ginger, for garnish

  • For the apple and black pepper shrub:
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • For the black tea syrup:
  • ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cups near-boiling hot water
  • 3 teaspoons loose black tea (or 3 tea bags)
  1. For the toddy: Warm your toddy glass by pouring near-boiling hot water in it while building the drink.
  2. In a bain-marie or saucepan set over medium-low heat, add the Seedlip Grove 42, black pepper and apple shrub, and black tea syrup and stir to combine. Heat until just warmed (you don’t want to cook the ingredients).
  3. Once the toddy mixture is warmed, dump the water from the now-warmed toddy glass and pour the mixture into the glass. Top with fresh, near-boiling hot water and give the drink a stir. Garnish with candied ginger and serve.
  4. For the apple and black pepper shrub: Bring all the ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Simmer for about 8 minutes, or until the mixture reduces by a little more than half. Strain into a heat-safe container and let cool.
  5. For the black tea syrup: Combine the ingredients in a heat-safe container, stir to combine, and steep for about 3 minutes. Strain the mixture, discard the loose tea, and let cool completely. Note: If using tea bags, steep for 2 to 3 minutes in the hot water, then add the sugar to dissolve while still hot; wring out the tea bags and discard.

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