Serves 1

The dinner table is cleared and the family has retreated to the living room for a game of Charades, a holiday family tradition. As your teenage son tries to guess what exactly the arm flapping gesture your sister is doing means, you start wondering, what’s a drink that the whole family can enjoy during this game?

Earlier in the evening, you remembered that you popped open a bottle of Martinelli’s Cider for the kiddos (and adults!). You slip away as your son starts yelling random words, hoping one of them is the answer to her arm flapping gesture. You pull out the opened bottle of cider, rifle through your pantry for the proper ingredients, and you whip up piping-hot mugs of Hot Apple Toddy. The scent of cinnamon wafts through the air to the living room and you hear someone cheer for the familiar aroma. Winning.


  1. Heat Cider to boiling point.
  2. Pour into mug and add sweetener.
  3. Top with lemon slice.
  4. Add cinnamon or cinnamon stick for stirring.
  5. Top with butter if desired.