Winter is here and the holidays are almost upon us.

During these times, I often imagine sitting in front of a fire, sipping hot drinks and relaxing with family and friends.  Instead, what usually happens is a lot of waiting in line at department stores and many late nights stuck at the office trying to get all the Holiday gifts out on time.

For those who share a similar dilemma,  I have the perfect solution – a Hot Toddy.  Perfect for the season and delicious enough to get your mind off all the stresses of the holidays, this tea-infused recipe takes this classic cocktail to the next level!

After Dark Tea-quila Toddy

Tea toddy!1 tsp After Dark

1 TBSP Agave Nectar

1 Cinnamon Stick

1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger

8 whole cloves

1/4 inch slice of orange

2 oz tequila (Recommended: Partida Reposado)

8 oz Water

Boil water, then remove from heat. Add tea leaves and 4 cloves, and steep for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, press the remaining cloves into the peel of the orange slice, studding it evenly around the circle.

In a tea cup, add tequila, cinnamon stick, ginger and clove-studded orange slice.

Strain tea into cup, stir in agave nectar.