Caribbean Breeze Toddy on a table in a Studio
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Caribbean Breeze Toddy

This winter warmer replaces the citrus in a classic hot toddy with hibiscus tea, which is tart, floral and a deep, cheery red.

To read the accompanying story, see: It may not cure your cold, but the hot toddy sure can cure your cold heart.

We used Tazo brand Passion Tea (a blend of hibiscus and other botanicals), but you can substitute other hibiscus teas; you should be able to find one at any grocery store with a decent tea selection.

From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.


measuring cup
Servings: 1
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3/4 ounce dark rum, such as Plantation
  • 3/4 ounce ginger liqueur
  • 1 hibiscus tea bag or sachet (see headnote)
  • 4 to 5 ounces boiling water
  • Lemon wheel pierced with whole cloves, for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Combine the bitters, rum and ginger liqueur in a teacup or small mug. Add the tea bag, then pour in the boiling water. Let the drink steep for 4 to 5 minutes, then discard the tea bag. Add the clove-studded lemon wheel and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

  • Calories


  • Carbohydrates

    8 g

  • Sugar

    8 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan

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