The Fernet Apple Hot Toddy

2 1/4 teaspoons honey
3/4 teaspoon warm water
3 ounces fresh, unfiltered apple cider
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce honey syrup
1 3/4 ounces dark rum
1/3 ounce Fernet-Branca
2 dashes angostura bitters
1/4 orange wheel, for garnish
2 whole cloves, for garnish

To make the honey syrup:

  1. Stir together the honey and water until the honey dissolves. Set aside.

To assemble the toddy:

  1. In a small saucepan bring the cider, lemon juice, and honey syrup to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum, Fernet, and bitters.
  3. Pour into a warmed mug and garnish with the orange wheel studded with cloves.