Hot, steamy cocktails for the longest, coldest nights in Philly

Hot, steamy cocktails for the longest, coldest nights in Philly

These are our favorite places in town for always comforting, always festive and, most importantly, always hot drinks.

Spiked hot chocolate at The Wayward | photo provided

Hot cocktails are a complicated game. Heating changes the taste of spirits and other ingredients, so creating a hot cocktail that really tastes great is not as simple as heating up a cold drink. Often these drinks can fluctuate itchy and cause headaches – but we still feel like them every year when the weather gets cold. Because when they are done right, they can be so, so good. Here are our favorites right now.

Collection Taglounge, City Center
Assembly has the trifecta of classic hot drinks: a peanutbutter whiskey-spiked hot chocolate, an earl gray and ginger liqueur hot toddy and a spicy apple cider with Stateside bourbon. Served in their newly decorated winter wonderland, the moods are incredibly cozy.

Alimentari hos Di Bruno Bros., City Center
Make a day out of your Christmas shopping by picking up all the stocking stoppers and edible gifts you need at Di Bruno Bros. The Chestnut Street location, then go upstairs for a bite to eat and one of their winter warmer cocktails, such as Orchard Warmer, with spicy honey, black pepper-infused rye and local apple cider.

Wissahickon Brewing Company, East Falls
We really appreciate a brewery that also serves a nice cocktail and Wissahickon has them. For the winter season, they serve two different hot drinks: an apple cider added to Manatawny Stillworks whiskey or rum as well as a pomegranate hot toddy, which puts a fruity twist on the classic drink.

Herman’s coffee, Wharton
Herman’s has positioned itself as the best place in Philly for non-alcoholic spirits, and now they also serve a selection of mocktails. They are currently making an eggnog with tips made with zero-safe rum, perfect for keeping an eye on you while looking for stocking stoppers in their excellent marketplace.

The wayward, City Center
The Wayward brings their adorable cocktail cart back this year, and it will once again serve a handful of seasonal cocktails, including vin chaud with cognac, hot chocolate with all-purpose dram and a hot toddy made with earl gray gin.

Lunar Inn, Port Richmond
Even Lunar’s classic cocktails always have a little twist. Their hot toddy is no exception: They add a touch of chaga mushrooms to a tasty twist along with brown sugar, cloves and lemon.

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