Enjoy this delicious Italian Hot Toddy, Amaretto tea.

Amaretto Tea: An Italian Hot Toddy

Let’s get cozy with a spiked tea recipe

With January declared “Hot Tea Month,” it only seems appropriate to share a special spiked tea recipe! Staying in the spirit, we’re mixing up an interesting Italian Hot Toddy recipe called Amaretto Tea.

Amaretto pairs wonderfully with tea and milk in this Italian Hot Toddy recipe

If you’re still in hibernation mode, I don’t blame you. The cold weather that winter brings is enough to make me scurry under a pile of blankets. While we still have a couple months to go until the temperatures start to rise, enjoying a hot cup of tea is one sure way to warm you up.

Tea has been the drink of choice for many over the thousands of years since its discovery in Asia. There are over 3,000 varieties and five basic categories of tea: black, green, oolong, white, and puer. With this many options, it’s no wonder that tea is only second to water for the most consumed beverage in the world! (Can you believe that coffee drinkers?!)

Amaretto Tea is sure to hit the spot when you’re craving a warm cocktail with a unique flavor. Amaretto is a liqueur the originated in Saronno, Italy and its name in Italian means “a little bitter.” The meaning behind its name is deceiving though as the taste is described as a rich, velvety almond flavor. It is made using a base of almonds, apricot pits, or a combination of the two.

Keep the tea for this recipe basic (Lipton’s works wonderfully) so you don’t mix flavors that would compete with the amaretto. Tea contains tannin which makes it acidic, while the amaretto and cream are sweet. This helps to balance out the flavors. I happened to think this combination tastes similar to a chai latte but with the extra kick of liqueur.

Even though the ingredients in this recipe have a detailed background, the drink itself is very simple to make. So, when you’re cozy in your house on a cold winter night, give this hot toddy a try. I promise it won’t disappoint.

Warm up with this Amaretto Tea Hot Toddy recipe!

Amaretto Tea

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Hot Tea
  • 2 Ounces Amaretto Almond Liqueur
  • 1-2 Ounces Cream
  • Cinnamon for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Café glass
  • Spoon


Amaretto Tea : Pour hot tea into a cafe glass. Add amaretto and cream. Stir everything together. Garnish with Cinnamon and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 152 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9

Try this delicious Italian Hot Toddy, the Amaretto tea cocktail.

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!


Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker



Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

How to make an Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss via the Brio Smart Life Blog


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