There are two ways you can frame these beverages – a cup of tea that got kicked up a notch, or a healthy(er) cocktail. Some recipes are for single servings – hey, sometimes a girl’s just gotta take a break, and some are for a crowd. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy this collection of low cal, low carb, gluten free, low sugar hot toddies as much as we have.
Apple Hot Toddy
1 chai or cinnamon-apple tea bag
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar (or a packet of Stevia or monk fruit)
3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup apple brandy
Pour 3/4 cup water into a mug. Add tea bag. Microwave for two minutes, then remove from microwave.
While the tea is steeping add remaining ingredients. Remove tea bag after 2 to 5 minutes.
Lemon Vanilla Brandy
Basically all you need to do is heat up your lemonade and add brandy. I’ve included the recipe below in case you want to start from scratch or you want the extra flavor dimension of the honey and vanilla extract.
I almost forgot to mention that you can use whiskey or dark rum in place of the brandy. A flavored liquor would be a nice twist.
½ cup xylitol or honey
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (somewhere near 6 lemons)
5 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup brandy (you can add more if you like, but taste it first)
Mix all ingredients and heat until hot, but don’t bring it to a boil. If you’re having a party you can put it in a slow cooker with a ladle for serving or in a thermos.
1 cup chai tea
1/4 cup heavy cream or nondairy milk
1/4 cup Kahlua, dark rum, or brandy
1 to 2 packets monk fruit, Stevia, or Splenda
Mix all ingredients in a mug. Heat in microwave for one minute.
Now sit back, relax, and sip your “tea” 🙂