XOXO Cocktail coverFor the grand finale of our Thanksgiving recipe series, we’re giving you a look at the upper easr-side.  This Hot Toddy recipe is the perfect send-off for Thanksgiving and a holiday staple. Be the glamorous Serena van der Woodsen or the fabulous Blair Waldorf with perfect this Thanksgiving cocktail.

Whether you’re an Upper East Sider, a prep school heiress, a Brooklyn wannabe, or the ultimate fan of an anonymous gossip blogger, we know what you want—a luxe cocktail and some good drama to enjoy it with. Find this recipe and more in XOXO, A Cocktail Book. 

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A Chilly Goodbye (aka Hot Toddy)—from XOXO, A Cocktail Book


When the weather turns cold, you know that’s when things on the Upper East Side are just heating up. There’s nothinglike Thanksgiving to  bring out the drama, as we’ve learned time and again. Thanksgiving weather in NYC might not be that frigid, but that doesn’t mean the relationships aren’t. When a cold shoulder freezes you out or you’ve been served an ice-cold dose of humiliation, this Hot Toddy is the perfect antidote to thaw you out.


½ cup bourbon
juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup hot water
lemon wedge, for garnish
cinnamon stick, for garnish


1. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and honey to a clear glass mug.

2. Top with hot water and stir. Garnish with the lemon wedge and cinnamon stick.

Special Tip: For a spicy twist on this classic drink, use hot honey to add a kick!