It’s Been A Long Week: Cooper & Thief Hot Toddy

As true believers of the work hard, play hard mantra, we present you with It’s Been a Long Week, a weekly column aimed at awarding some liquid appreciation to you for just being yourself, dammit. Make yourself a glass or two, on us — you deserve it.

Holiday’s are looming in, NYC has seen its first snow, and it’s officially cold enough for gluhwein, or in this case a twist on the traditional hot toddy. Warm, spiced, and comforting with a kick, the Cooper & Thief Hot Toddy is a long-needed revamp of the drink. Starting with the wine, Cooper & Thief is renowned for aging its wine in ex-bourbon barrels with a spirituous character and velvet to taste. The soft tannins and subtle heat married with the season’s best friends: cinnamon, star anise and a dash of whiskey, are the perfect taste of holiday spirit never too early to enjoy (even on Thanksgiving.)

Cocktail by Apartment Bartender


  • 1/2 cup Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend
  • 6 oz High West American Prairie Bourbon 
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 star anise
  • 8-12 oz hot water 
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • granulated sugar 
Ingredient (3)


For Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend Spiced Syrup: In a saucepan, lightly simmer wine, broken cinnamon sticks, and star anise until warm.  Add equal parts sugar and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat and strain.

  • Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and spiced syrup in a mug. 
  • Top with hot water and stir. 
  • Garnish with a smoke cinnamon stick and a lemon wedge.