Cozy Tea-Toddy Mocktail

We use a spice-infused tea — not whiskey — as the base for this winter mocktail.

cozy tea toddy mocktail with cinnamon sticks

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes or more
Makes eight servings


  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 bags tulsi (holy basil) tea, or 1/3 cup loose dried tulsi
  • 4 thin (about 1/8 in.) slices fresh gingerroot
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star-anise pods
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Honey, to taste


  1. Pour boiling water over the tea bags in a slow cooker.
  2. Add the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, and lemon slices. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the spices with a mesh skimmer or straining ladle and set the cooker on the low or warm setting as guests help themselves.
  4. Add honey to taste.

Suggested spirit: Top off with a splash of whiskey.

(a.k.a. "That Food Girl") is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and food stylist.

Photos: Andrea DAgosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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