Riesling Hot Toddy

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Warm white wine is delicious when steeped with honey, lemon, and cardamom.

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Riesling Hot Toddy

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:6 minutes
Total time:50 minutes
This recipe appears in: December Brunch Drinks for A Crowd


  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle riesling
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 strips lemon zest


  1. 1

    Toast cardamom pods in a dry skillet over high heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Gently crush with a mortar and pestle.

  2. 2

    In a medium saucepan combine riesling, brandy, honey, cardamom pods, and bay leaves leaves. Squeeze lemon halves over liquid and add rinds to the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer then reduce heat to lowest setting and steep for 45 minutes. Strain and divide between 4 cups. Garnish with lemon zest.

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