NYC's Best Hot Drinks for Cold Nights

NYC's Best Hot Drinks for Cold Nights

You may believe that Hot Toddies begin and end the list of drinks to indulge in during the winter, but if that’s the case, you’d be missing out on a lot of delicious hot drinks…

Vietnamese Coffee, Grown Up Style
Whiskey Soda Lounge NY
Vietnamese coffee is like its perhaps more familiar Thai counterpart—it’s coffee (dark roast, in this case) with plenty of sweetened condensed milk. This one’s for grown-ups since it’s got a noticeable amount of brandy mixed in. (115 Columbia St., Brooklyn; 718-797-4120)

Funky Fruit
Evelyn Drinkery
It’s the spice in this cocktail that’s going to warm you up from the inside, not the temperature. St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur with cinnamon syrup and hard apple cider make this feel appropriately comforting in contrast with the weather outside. Also, the Bombay Dry Gin here is chamomile-infused, helping you get to bed with this classic herbal tea flavor. (171 Ave C; 917-617-1635)

White Seal
Milk & Honey
Another coffee-based beverage (hey, coffee’s warm, and winter’s a sleepy time), this one gets its kick from rum and the white Spanish wine, Pedro Ximénez. The drink also includes cream and cacao for a smooth, semi-sweet finish. (30 E 23rd St.; 718-415-8264)

Justino XO
Booker and Dax
This limited edition beverage involves XO Cognac (aged for an ‘x’-tra long time) and Blenheim apricots for a honeyed taste and a very warm trip down your throat. 

Another solid winter drink from this bar is the First Date, which will similarly warm you up with scotch, angostura bitters, and bring in the sweetness with dates. (207 2nd Ave.; 212-254-3500)

Mata Hari
Macao Trading Co.
Shaken and served straight up, the Mata Hari also employs cognac (this time Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal) to bring on the warmth. Chai-infused vermouth offers additional coziness, and the reddish hue from the pomegranate juice helps the drink exude heat. (311 Church St.; 212-431-8642)

The Flu
2nd Floor
With WhistlePig Rye, ginger Brandy, ginger syrup, lemon juice and hot bitters, this drink promises to cure your flu symptoms (or “knock you unconscious until the illness has run its course,” according to the cocktail menu). It’s made of absolutely every ingredient you could possible ask for in an alcoholic winter beverage. (67 Clinton St.; 212-529-6900)

Hot Toddy
Shoolbred’s
This list would obviously not be complete without one of these essential winter drinks. Shoolbred’s makes theirs with Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, cinnamon, honey (of course), fresh orange and, in an interesting twist, green tea. Definitely worth a try this winter. (197 2nd Ave.; 212-529-0340)

Photos via: Top Image: Shoolbred's, Vietnamese Coffee by Whiskey Soda Lounge and Mata Hari by Macao Trading Co.


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