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NYC’s 5 Best Cups Of Spiked Hot Tea

December 23, 2013 1:30 PM

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Fancy a hot cuppa tea to warm your insides on this freezing cold evening? We know we could use a little more than hot chocolate to keep us warm. These are the best spots for grown-up tea parties. - By Jonathan Pogash

Kama Chai Sutratea NYCs 5 Best Cups Of Spiked Hot Tea

Celsius Lounge at Bryant Park

6th Ave and 42nd St.
New York, NY 10018
212-792-9603

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After an afternoon of ice skating, slide on over to Celsius Lounge in the Pond at Bryant Park. This pop-up restaurant/lounge allows you to “strengthen your brews” with an added shot of Kahlua. Try the Kama Chai Sutra tea blend spiked with this tasty coffee liqueur. Add milk and you’ve essentially created your very own hot tea cocktail. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy.

Windward Toddy

windward toddy NYCs 5 Best Cups Of Spiked Hot Tea

(credit: Justin Noel/1534)

1534

20 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
212-966-5073

Last year, bartender Raphael Reyes contributed this hot cocktail to the menu at SOHO’s 1534. The “Windward Toddy” includes a home-made Hot Ginger Beer (not quite tea, but close enough in our book), Orchard Pear brandy, fresh lemon juice, “Apple Redux” (spiced apple blend), Leblon Cachaca, and rosemary. With such a variety of wintry ingredients, what’s not to like?

Royal Teachampagne NYCs 5 Best Cups Of Spiked Hot Tea

The Lowell Hotel

Pembroke Room
28 E. 63rd St.
New York, NY 10065
212-605-6825

At the Upper East Side’s uber-chic Lowell Hotel, you can enjoy afternoon tea time in the Pembroke Room while noshing on scones and Devonshire cream. For $44 you can have yourself the “Royal Tea” (see what they did there?) It includes an assortment of tea sandwiches and scones, loose teas and herbal infusions, and your choice of either champagne, port or sherry. Try a glass of port or sherry and have yourself a modified version of the classic “Bishop” cocktail.

Chai Latte

the chocolate room1 NYCs 5 Best Cups Of Spiked Hot Tea

(credit: The Chocolate Room/Facebook)

The Chocolate Room

269 Court St.
86 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-783-2900

More: NYC’s 5 Best Chocolate Cocktails

The Chocolate Room, with locations in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, doesn’t only serve chocolate. Their Chai Latte, made with Harney & Son’s chai tea and steamed milk, does the trick, especially when spiked with California’s Desiree Chocolate Port. Or, for another unique twist, try a cup of chocolate hazelnut tea and a shot of Framboise (raspberry) dessert wine.

Rooibus Chai

russian tea room NYCs 5 Best Cups Of Spiked Hot Tea

credit: Russian Tea Room

The Russian Tea Room

150 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
212-581-7100

At the famed Russian Tea Room, ask for a shot of Belvedere Black Raspberry or Jewel of Russia Wild Berry vodka to fortify your Rooibus Chai or Darjeeling tea during High Tea service. Along with some Russian Osetra or Wild American Hackleback caviar, your spiked tea will shine like a brass samovar under the winter’s sun.

Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, is a beverage consultant, author, and educator.

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