We know the perfect remedy for this freezing cold weather: warm cocktails. Read on to find out where to get the best mulled wine and hot toddies in the city. By Carly Petrone/John Friia
The Lobby Lounge at Dream Downtown
355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
A longtime family recipe is brought to life at The Lobby Lounge at Dream Downtown, with their Swedish Glogg. Coming from Chef Mike Armstrong, this mulled wine recipe is a combination of port wine, sherry wine, bourbon, Everclear, sugar, raisin and prunes. The ingredients sit in a pot on a stove for days and is gently heated, which makes it the ideal beverage of those chilly autumn and winter nights.
Osteria Morini SoHo
218 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
From cured meats to pasta and artisan cheeses, Osteria Morini SoHo offers mouth-watering Italian delicacies and creative cocktails. The “Vin Brule” is their rendition of mulled wine — a warming combination of Sangiovese wine, cinnamon, vanilla, cognac, allspice berries and red pepper flakes. As diners enjoy a meal crafted by Chef Michael White, they will feel transported to the Italian countryside while staying warm with their mulled wine.
Pier 81 at 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
Boasting stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River, Fish Bar is serving their variation of mulled wine, playfully dubbed “Mull It Over.” This flavorful cocktail compliments their signature seafood dishes and is made with cabernet sauvignon, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, agave — garnished with a cinnamon stick.
The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th St.
The Spotted Pig may be known for its charbroiled burger (with Roquefort cheese on a brioche bun) but it also serves up a delicious Hot Mulled Wine. Made with Malbec, Brandy, Orange, Lemon, and Winter Spices, this little number is the perfect sipping drink on a cold winter’s day. You’ll definitely want to refill your mug.
Bar and Books
New York, NY 10014
Warning: You may start to crave the Spiced Hot Toddy from Bar and Books this winter. Available as part of their seasonal menu, this hot cocktail does not disappoint, with ingredients like Bushmills Irish Honey, Bauchant Orange Liquor, Honey, Lemon, and Spices taking over your taste buds. Each glass will cost you $17, but it’s well worth it.
20 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
As people begin to look at way for staying warm, they can head to The Ribbon for their tasty cold weather cocktail. Serving American cuisine with a French and Italian twist, the Upper West Side restaurant offers Ribbon Mulled Wine. The seasonal drink is made with red wine, raisin-infused bourbon, and mulled spices. Within one sip, people will notice the blends of allspice, clove, cinnamon, orange zest, pomegranate molasses and honey.
Liquid Lab NYC’s Merry Mulled Wine
Instead of braving the cold temperatures, people can make mulled wine at home. Liquid Lab NYC created Merry Mulled Wine, an easy-to-follow cocktail recipe. Liquid Lab NYC creates unique recipes for various restaurants and bars throughout New York. Founded by Parker Boase and Gregory Lucas, the brand offers public mixology classes that educate people on how to make cocktails in a fun setting.
2 Bottles of Dry Red Wine
½ Bottle of Brandy
1 Cup Blackberry Reduction
Orange Wheel (garnish)
1 Pack of Fresh Blackberries
Dash of Water
- Start with the Blackberry Reduction: in a pan cook 1 pack of fresh blackberries with sugar and a dash of water, bring to boiling and then simmer until reduced.
- In a large crockpot add 2 bottles of dry red wine, ½ bottle of brandy, 1 cup of blackberry reduction, fresh clove, dried cranberries, cinnamon sticks.
- Cook in crockpot for 2 hours or until desired consistency is achieved.
- Serve in a mug with a thinly sliced orange wheel and clove/star anise.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.