Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling
Active Time
6 Mins
Total Time
8 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1/3 cup)

This hot toddy comes together in a flash thanks to the microwave. A touch of salt, though it may seem counterintuitive, actually heightens the sweetness of the drink, though the beverage is far from cloying. Pear vodka, such as Absolut, can be found at most liquor stores. We love the floral fruit flavor of pear, which is perfect for late fall. Cognac adds a little oak-cask richness and complexity to the mix. We add the liquor to the hot sugar mixture, which yields a very warm drink that can be sipped right away. Moreover, it avoids safety concerns with heating flammable alcohol. A little fresh lemon juice adds a bright top note and balances the sweet pear flavor with light tang.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until boiling. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt completely.

Step 2

Stir in vodka, brandy, juice, and vanilla. Garnish glasses with pear slices, if desired. Serve warm.

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