Baby, it's cold outside, but these Philadelphia bars and restaurants will warm you up inside with hot and cold winter warming cocktails. Go on, enjoy!
Cocktail Name: The Grasshopper
Restaurant: Alpen Rose
Description/ingredients: This green-colored cocktail, inspired by a New Orleans staple, brings a southern taste to Philadelphia. It is made with crème de menthe, cacao, and cream.
Cocktail Name: Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Restaurant: Devil's Den
Description/ingredients: Hot cocktails help keep you warm during the cold winter months. This spiked hot apple cider prepared with toasted caramel whiskey or another choice of craft spirits will have you feeling cozy in no time.
Cocktail Name: The War on Christmas
Restaurant: Friday Saturday Sunday
Description/ingredients: Paul MacDonald mixes up Brennivin Aquavit, Cardamaro, H&H Special Dry Madeira, Amaro Ramazzotti, Creole Shrubb liqueur to help you fight the holiday blues.
Cocktail Name: Gimmie S’mores
Description/ingredients: Chase away with the winter blahs with this hot cocktail composed of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, steamed milk drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Cocktail Name: Buttermaker Old Fashioned
Description/ingredients: The combination of brown-butter-washed Maker’s Mark bourbon, butterscotch, and Black Walnut make a very smooth toasty, nutty, and balanced cocktail. Perfect for this time of year, says Ross Binder, beverage director of Rouge.
Cocktail Name: Irish Coffee
Restaurant: Silk City Diner
Description/ingredients: This winter warmer is prepared with La Colombe Nizza blend and Baileys Irish Cream, topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Cocktail Name: S’mores Hot Chocolate
Restaurant: The GOAT Rittenhouse
Price: Starting at $5
Description/ingredients: Spiked hot chocolate is never a bad thing. This hot chocolate is topped with graham crackers, a Hershey bar on the side, and toasted marshmallow garnish; then spike it with your choice of booze.
Cocktail Name: Walnut 46
Restaurant: Steak 48
Description/ingredients: Because bourbon is for sipping in the winter, this warming winter cocktail contains Maker’s Mark, demerara syrup, walnut bitters, Luxardo cherry, orange.
Cocktail Name: Espresso Martini
Restaurant: The Refectory (Villanova)
Description/ingredients: Fresh espresso and coffee liqueur with a bit of Amaro Averna to give the drink some depth and a pinch of salt to make the flavors pop.
Cocktail Name: Parisian Hot Chocolate
Restaurant: The Wayward
Description/ingredients: The only thing better than a hot chocolate on a cold winter night is a spiked hot chocolate on a cold winter night! This version at The Wayward in Midtown Village is spiked with allspice dram and topped with a torched toasted marshmallow.
Which ones did I miss? What are you sipping? Let me know in the comments or email me.
Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: email@example.com. Travel tips: firstname.lastname@example.org.