Old man winter has arrived a bit early this year, leaving many shivering in their fall sweaters and yearning for long days in the sun. Commiserate over the cold weather by wrapping your chilly hands around these steamy libations. Herewith you’ll find the five best hot cocktails for fall and winter, 2014.
Rooftops may reign supreme during summer in New York City but Bookmarks, the rooftop lounge at the Liberty Hotel, offers an enclosed space during the winter months so you can enjoy breathtaking vistas without freezing your tootsies off. Adding an extra layer of warmth this fall and winter season is the lounge’s array of warm cocktails. While Bookmarks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte spiked with spiced rum and Baileys is certainly something to write home about, the Hot & Smokey Cider is just what the doctor ordered on a chilly day in the Big Apple. Built directly into a hot hot toddy mug, Mezcal is stirred together with Van Gogh dutch caramel vodka and hot cider, then topped off with an apple slice and freshly grated nutmeg. The lounge also features a working fireplace in its enclosed outdoor space, making this the perfect place to cozy up with a warm cocktail.
Hot chocolate is arguably the most quintessential winter season drink, and what better way to kick it up a notch than with spiked hot cocoa. Belgian Beer Café serves up delicious Belgian and Belgian-inspired dishes including Moules-Frites and Witloof Salad. But if it’s a sweet tooth you’re looking to indulge, try a combination after dinner drink and dessert with the Timmermans Hot Cocoa. This NoMad eatery heats up Timmermans Strawberry with chili powder, cinnamon sticks, allspice balls and cloves before slowly stirring in silky smooth milk chocolate. This sinfully sweet cocktail is then topped off with a dollop of Delirium Whipped Cream (heavy whipping cream, Delirium, sugar, chili powder and allspice).
Yankees fans waiting out the months until spring training may find solace in the Bronx Bomber Toddy on offer at NYY Steak this winter. Served in an Irish coffee mug, this cocktail mixes together Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Combier Cherry a few dashes of Orange Bitters, and hot brewed Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange tea from Twinings of London. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, but happen to be looking for a bite to eat and warm drink after some ice skating at Rockefeller Center, be sure to stop in and take a seat as its just around the corner.
The Stone Rose Lounge right near Columbus Circle is heating things up as the temperatures drop this season with its new Lauren in the Winter cocktail. Hot Teatulia organic tea is mixed with Hennessy VSOP Cognac and honey and garnished with a clove-spiked lemon wheel, creating a warm, sweet and delicious cocktail perfect for chilly New York City evenings.
Grab some friends and head over to The Roof at Viceroy New York to enjoy some sweeping views of Central Park while sipping on its signature warm cocktail of the season. The Rooftop Toddy — Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, hot apple cider, cinnamon syrup stirred together and garnished with a cinnamon stick and star anise — is sure to melt your winter blues away.
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