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Happy Hour: Sweeney (Hottie) Toddy

Now that Fall is here we can start to think about cold-weather cocktails, especially the warming toddy. With its burnt orange color, caramelized sugar rim, and creative name, this modern variation of the classic drink is not your grandmother's nightcap. Made with rum and Canton Ginger Liquor, it's delicious and surprisingly easy to drink. Created especially for my birthday party, by superstar bartender Aaron Smith, of 15 Romolo, the Sweeney (Hottie) Toddy is also a wonderful concoction for a Halloween party. Lighting the glass on fire to caramelize the rim makes for a fabulous party trick! Learn how it's done and


Sweeney (Hottie) Toddy

Sweeney (Hottie) Toddy

Sweeney (Hottie) Toddy


  1. sugar, for caramelizing rim of glass
  2. 1/4 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
  3. 1/2 ounce Canton Ginger Liquor
  4. 1.5 ounces Pampero Anniversario Rum
  5. 1.5 ounces hot water
  6. orange twist, optional for garnish


  1. To create the sugar rim, lightly wet the rim of a wine glass, and dip in a plate of sugar. Then, using a lighter with a handle or a kitchen torch, light the sugar on fire. Be sure to use a glass that can withhold heat. The sugar will melt and caramelize. Turn the glass while the flames burn to ensure even caramelization. Set the glass aside to cool.
  2. In a cocktail shaker combine the orange juice, Canton, rum, and hot water. Stir to combine.
  3. Strain into prepared glass, garnish with an orange twist, and enjoy immediately while the mixture is still warm.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've been sick this past week and someone at work recommended I have one of these!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
If they taste as good as they look, I'm in!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Hmm--I like the classic hot toddy. Best thing when you're sick ;) :drinks:
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
I love the idea of caramelizing the sugar! I wonder if colored sugar would maintain its color. :ponder:
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
hmm... me and a fire around food or alcohol. . . i don't envision good things. lol. i'll give the recipe to my girlfriend and have her make it for me :) better safe than sorry. i agree, the rim looks very cool. i like the drippage effect.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Happpppppy birthday!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love when people bring back the old school drinks and this is one that i've heard of many times yet i've never tried it myself. thanks for the reminder!
nancita nancita 8 years
I can't wait to try this. I love the look of the rim! Though perhaps I shouldn't try the fire part at home.
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