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With igloos and fire pits starting to reappear all over the city, it was only a matter of time before Boston’s bars and restaurants began adding hot cocktails to their seasonal drinks menus.
Not that we’re complaining. There is not much that can be compared to sipping a hot chocolate with rum skewers at a campfire, or warming your hands around a hot toddy at a bar while the threat of snow threatens outside. And while we may miss frozen mai tais and ice-cold margaritas for a few months, there are mulled wine ciders to keep our spirits up.
To help guide your next order as temperatures continue to drop, here are 15 Boston bars and restaurants offering hot cocktails to keep the cold at bay.
Hot toddies are typically made with whiskey, but this West End restaurant puts a stop to the drink by using tequila instead. During your next visit, try Tequila Toddy made with aged añejo tequila, agave nectar, lime and hot baking spices, topped off with a cinnamon stick and star anise as a garnish. (115 Beverly St., Boston)
Want to pair your hot cocktail with a sweet view? Take a seat on the Alcove’s terrace overlooking the Zakim Bridge and order Wassail, a soothing blend of Ferrand 1840 cognac, apple cider, orange and cloves. (50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston)
Miracle, the Christmas-themed holiday event that takes over bars across the globe, first pops up in the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel’s lobby bar on November 26th. In the meantime, stop by Bambara, the Cambridge hotel’s restaurant and bar. , for the equally festive Apple Seed Sipper. Served hot, the drink is made with little blush, altos blanco tequila, honey, lime and apple bitters, giving a smooth, fruit-forward cocktail. (25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge)
This Italian coastal restaurant in the South End warms things up with Salvatore Toddy, made with rum, honey and Averna amaro, the last of which is named after its inventor, Salvatore Averna. (360 Harrison Ave., Boston)
What else would a hot chocolate on Buttermilk & Bourbon be added if not… bourbon? Back Bay’s southern hotspot has this year served hot chocolate with bourbon, cherry jam and a roasted Fluff topping. (160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)
The Seaport Restaurant’s new CYOC (“Create Your Own Cocktail”) hand warmer series allows guests to make their favorite version of a hot, sparkling drink. Choose from a base of hot chocolate, coffee or apple cider, followed by your choice of $ 4 shot: Stoli vanilla, Skrewball peanutbutter whiskey, Baileys, Frangelico and other options. Finish it off with a topping of whipped cream, marshmallows, holiday sprinkles, heath bar, crushed sweets or chocolate curls. (10 Boston Wharf Road, Boston)
Happy birthday at Juniper
A naughty nod to Alice in Wonderland tea company, Wellesley’s Juniper now serves Happy Unbirthday, with Bully Boy dry gin, sour green tea, Giffard pineapple liqueur, yellow chartreuse and simple lemongrass syrup. Topped with hot water and a slice of lemon, this cocktail encourages slow sips – and maybe a pink in the air. (13 Central St., Wellesley)
At Liberty & MAIN, the newly opened American bistro on Legacy Place in Dedham, chocolate and peanut butter find a happy marriage in this decadent drink. The hot cocktail uses Skrewball peanutbutter whiskey, Godiva chocolate liqueur and Illy coffee and is topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder. One last garnish: a chocolate munchkin. Who needs dessert after a drink like this? (500 Legacy Place, Dedham)
Want to drink a hot apple pie? Assembly Squares MidiCi has given the popular autumn dessert a bubbly spin that combines hot cider with vanilla whipped cream vodka and topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick. (463 Assembly Row, Somerville)
Publico’s apres-ski-style setup, Lodge at Publico, is set to return in mid-December. Until then, you can stay warm with the restaurant’s hot chocolate with Kahlua and Baileys and topped with a large portion of marshmallows. Visit with a bunch? The drink is also available as a large format cocktail served in a French press carafe. (11 Dorchester St., Boston)
‘It’s the season for all mulled wine, including Puritan & Co.’s festive mulled wine cider. The cider is punched up with brandy, figs, orange peel and winter spices, and it is the perfect accompaniment to some of the dishes on Puritan’s new autumn menu, such as dry-aged pork chop with autumn vegetables or honey quash risotto. (1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge)
For yet another bubbly spin on hot chocolate, consider Rochambeau in Back Bay, where sweet-toothed imbibers can find Chocolat. The hot chocolate is made with amaro and Pernod and is a very adult version of a classic cold-water drink. (900 Boylston St., Boston)
Named one of the best hotel bars in the world in 2019, Rowes Wharf Bar is a drinking destination on Boston’s scenic waterfront. Stay warm during your visit with Hot Chai, a seasonal sipper made with Wild Moon chai liqueur, blood orange puree, lime juice, yuzu and Cointreau. (70 Rowes Wharf, Boston)
Burrabirra at SRV
Harry Potter fans, be aware: SRV’s Burrabirra was inspired by Butterbeer, a caramel-centered drink that appeared frequently throughout the series. At SRV, Burrabirra is made with bourbon, cardamaro, warming spices, apples, brown sugar and butter and finished with vanilla and apple whipped cream. (569 Columbus Ave., Boston)
Snowport, the harbor’s holiday wonderland, returns to the neighborhood on Nov. 19 with an outdoor holiday market featuring 60 small businesses. Once you have finished your shopping, head to the Tuscan Kitchen at the market, where thirsty guests can find cocktails like the Expresso train to the North Pole. With Bully Boy vodka, a double shot of hot espresso, vanilla gelato and gingerbread, the cocktail is a formidable greeting for the holiday season. (88 Seaport Blvd., Boston)
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