We’re approaching the harshest stretch of winter, but that’s no reason to barricade yourself indoors until Spring. Despite the cold temperatures and whipping winds, New York City has plenty of ways to keep warm — and they can all be sipped at your leisure.
Hot Chocolate at City Bakery: Thick and flavorful, this is one cup of hot chocolate that will warm the heart and soul. Located on 18th Street in the Flatiron neighborhood, City Bakery also holds an Annual Hot Chocolate Festival every February with a special menu that features Banana Peel Hot Chocolate, Vanilla Bean Hot Chocolate, Malted Milk Hot Chocolate, Bourbon Hot Chocolate and Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate.
Seven Spiced Cider at Forty Four: Situated in the Royalton Hotel on 44th Street, Forty Four is more than a bar. It’s home to the best spiced cider in the city. Served piping hot, the cocktail consists of spiced rum, pineapple, lemon, honey, cinnamon, clove, star anise, nutmeg, and of course, hot cider. If this doesn’t beat the chill, we might be able to declare you legally dead.
Mud Mocha at The Mudspot: One of the best New York City coffeeshops also has one of the best mochas in the city. Make your way to 9th Street in the East Village for a steaming mug of delicious mocha coffee that is the perfect balance of bold and rich. You’ll want to drink this all year long, but fear not — the iced version is just as good for when the weather warms up.
Brown Butter Old Fashioned at Gramercy Park Hotel: Despite the cold weather, Gramercy Park Hotel still keeps its rooftop bar open for business. It’s there that you can sip on the Brown Butter Old Fashioned, a magical concoction of browned butter, Makers Mark, homemade bitters and Maraschino liqueur. It’s so good, you’ll never want winter to be over.
Hot Toddy at Von: This beloved bar at Bleecker and Bowery is already famous for its well made cocktails, but its hot toddy is gaining a reputation as the city’s best. Made with Wild Turkey 81, lemon juice, honey and cinnamon, Von’s bartenders understand that the key to a truly good cocktail is high quality ingredients and artful restraint.
Mulled Wine at The Bluebell Cafe: On almost any winter day in Gramercy you can find New Yorkers sipping on mulled wine in The Bluebell Cafe. Made traditionally with a dry red wine, Brandy, sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, and lemon and orange peels, it’s a surefire cure for the cold weather blues.
Vanilla Berry Cream Tea at Teany: Some winter cocktails can get a bit heavy, so for those looking for a lighter way to warm up, we suggest heading to Teany in the Lower East Side. Founded by the musician Moby, the cafe has a wide assortment of teas for any palate, but the vanilla berry cream wins out for being both fruity and creamy.
Do you have a favorite winter cocktail? Tell us in the comments!