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10 Winter Cocktails in Philadelphia

Marilyn Johnson

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!

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The Grasshopper at Alpen Rose in Philadelphia.Courtesy of Alpen Rose

Cocktail Name: The Grasshopper

Restaurant: Alpen Rose

Price: $15

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.

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Spiked Apple Cider at Devil's Den in Philadelphia.Courtesy of Devil's Den

Cocktail Name: Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Restaurant: Devil's Den

Price: MP

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.

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The War on Christmas at Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia.Courtesy of Friday Saturday Sunday

Cocktail Name: The War on Christmas

Restaurant: Friday Saturday Sunday

Price: $15

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.

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Hot cocktails at MilkBoy Philadelphia.Courtesy of MilkBoy

Cocktail Name: Gimmie S’mores

Restaurant: MilkBoy

Price: $12

Description/ingredients: Chase away with the winter blahs with this hot cocktail composed of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, steamed milk drizzled with chocolate syrup.

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The Buttermaker Old-Fashioned at Rouge in Philadelphia.Courtesy of Rouge

Cocktail Name: Buttermaker Old Fashioned

Restaurant: Rouge

Price: $17

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.

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Irish Coffee at Silk City Diner in Philadelphia.Courtesy of Silk City Diner

Cocktail Name: Irish Coffee

Restaurant: Silk City Diner

Price: $12

Description/ingredients: This winter warmer is prepared with La Colombe Nizza blend and Baileys Irish Cream, topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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S'mores Hot Chocolate at The GOAT Rittenhouse in PhiladelphiaCourtesy of The Goat Rittenhouse

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.

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Walnut 46 at Steak 48 in PhiladelphiaCourtesy of Steak 48

Cocktail Name: Walnut 46

Restaurant: Steak 48

Price: $18

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.

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Espresso Martini at The Refectory in VillanovaCourtesy of The Refectory

Cocktail Name: Espresso Martini

Restaurant: The Refectory (Villanova)

Price: $13

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.

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Parisian Hot Chocolate at The Wayward in Philadelphia.Courtesy of The Wayward

Cocktail Name: Parisian Hot Chocolate

Restaurant: The Wayward

Price: $12

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: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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Marilyn Johnson is a Philadelphia area-based food and travel writer focusing on food & drink in the Mid-Atlantic region. Email phillygrub@gmail.com for Philly area news; phillygrubtrips@gmail.com for travel tips and opportunities.

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