This French take on the Hot Toddy uses Calvados or applejack and apple syrup, giving the drink a much sweeter scent and flavor. When buying apple syrup, look for the Austrian brand DArbo. This company produces some of the best, most intense fruit syrups on the market.
1/4 cup Calvados or applejack
1/4 cup apple syrup
1/4 to 1/2 cup hot water
4 or 5 thin apple slices
1 whole nutmeg for grating
In an 8-oz. glass, combine the Calvados and apple syrup. Top with the hot water and stir.
Add the apple slices and grate nutmeg to taste over the top. Serve immediately. Serves 1.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma TASTE Magazine, "Winter Warmers," by Andy Harris (Holiday 2001).