Winter is time of ice skating, building snowman and drinking hot chocolate. While many restaurants offer a unique twist on the beloved winter time treat, here are some of the best cups of hot coca in the city. By John Friia
New York, NY 10003
Known as the chocolate emporium, Max Brenner serves various styles of hot chocolate that will have people ordering a second or even a third cup. People can satisfy their sweet tooth with the Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, made with a creamy peanut butter milk infusion, or the Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, with dark chocolate syrup and creamy hazelnut. All eight styles of hot chocolate are offered in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.
38 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
As people shop along Fifth Avenue, they can stop at Trademark Grind for their creative Doffle Hot Chocolate. Baristas whip up a decadent hot chocolate with cacao rouge, a choice of skim, almond or soy milk and torched meringue. Adding a sweet treat to the beverage, baristas garnish the drink with their signature Doffle, a doughnut-waffle mashup.
40 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
Paying homage to their cultural roots, Casa Neta brews a seasonal Mexican Hot Chocolate with a twist, spiked with a touch of tequila and a splash of mezcal. Garnished with a cinnamon and sugar churro, people will say goodbye to those winter blues.
132 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
Searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate, people can head Vosges Haut-Chocolat for a rich and decadent drink. The SoHo boutique serves three styles, including their “Bianca” with white chocolate, lavender and lemon myrtle, and the “Aztec Elixir Drinking Chocolate” with cacao bean and chili infusion, Mexican vanilla beans and Ceylon cinnamon. One of their most popular drinks is the “La Parisienne Drinking Chocolate,” made with an infusion of Madagascan vanilla bean and deep dark chocolate.
69 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Originating in Colombia, Devocion is an international coffee roaster that brought their brews to Williamsburg. People can warm up with a cup of their signature hot chocolate, made with handmade chocolate and a unique blend of South American and Caribbean shaved chocolates. With sweetness of cocoa beans hailing from the finest regions in the world, Devocion offers a velvety drink that will make people choose their hot chocolate over coffee.
Smirnoff Peppermint Hot Chocolate
When there is a snow storm, one of the best things New Yorker can do is make a cup of hot chocolate while watching the snow cascade from the clouds. Smirnoff creates their variation to the favorite wintertime drink with Smirnoff Peppermint Hot Chocolate. The delectable taste of sweet candy canes and peppermint, the spirit pairs with a cup of hot chocolate on snowy days or any upcoming holiday parties.
Below is the recipe for the Smirnoff Peppermint Hot Chocolate:
1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
6 oz hot chocolate
Pour shot of Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into hot chocolate. Garnish with whipped cream and a peppermint stick.