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17 Warming Cocktails to Drink Right Now

Seasonal tipples designed to fight winter's chill

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Winter is here, and so are the frigid temps. That means bars are heating up their cocktails to offer relief for frozen hands and rosy cheeks. Find a winterized patio stocked with fire pits and blankets to accompany a thermos of mulled cider, or head indoors to snuggle in an armchair with a hot toddy.

Many establishments across the city are providing respite from the cold with creative hot cocktails of all kinds. There are tea-based tipples, decadent liquid desserts, warm punches, spiced wines, hot sangrias, and more. Many spots also put their own spins on classic cold weather drinks, like the Balkan hot toddy at Ambar and hot chocolate topped with a foie-gras butter ball at Buffalo & Bergen.

Tried any other hot drinks around town? Share personal favorites in the comments or sound off via email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Logan Tavern

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1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 332-3710
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The ‘c’ is silent in Logan Tavern’s (C)hai Tea that includes bourbon, chai, steamed milk, and citrus ($10.50). Get it during brunch.
Logan Tavern DC chai tea The chai tea cocktail at Logan Tavern. Photo: Logan Tavern

2. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Guests at Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern can indulge in the Blitzen hot toddy, featuring chai-infused aquavit, saffron water, yellow Chartreuse, Four Roses bourbon, black sesame honey, simple syrup, and lemon juice ($18).
BDT DC cocktails Cocktails at Blue Duck Tavern. Photo by Alan V. / Yelp

3. Equinox

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 331-8118
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Drink dessert at Equinox with the Spiked Sweet Potato Pie, featuring Irish cream, coffee, whipped cream, spiced sweet potato purée, and cinnamon ($16). There’s also a mulled pear cider that features red wine, brandy baking spices, pear cider, a cinnamon stick, and star anise ($15).
Equinox DC sweet potato drink A spiced sweet potato drink at Equinox. Photo by Sacha Cohen for Equinox

4. Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

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3100 South Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 912-4100
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Sit in the Living Room at the Ritz in Georgetown and sip the VDC hot toddy, made with Virginia Highland whiskey, orange rooibos honey syrup, and orange bitters ($17).
Living Room DC hot toddy The VCD hot toddy at Living Room. Photo: Ritz-Carlton

5. Taqueria del Barrio

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821 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 723-0200
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The Ponche Navideño is a hot Mexican punch typically served during the holidays. Taqueria del Barrio’s version features rum, guava, apple, pear, tejocote, and piloncillo cane sugar ($10).
Taqueria del Barrio DC bar The main bar at Taqueria del Barrio. Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

6. Red's Table

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11150 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(571) 375-7755
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Red’s Table gives its hot toddy a Scottish makeover. The Hot Scotty includes Glenmorangie whiskey, orange chamomile simple syrup, clove, lemon, and hot water ($12).
Red's Table VA cocktail The Hot Scotty at Red’s Table. Photo: Red’s Table

7. Hazel

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808 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 847-4980
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Hazel will transport snow bunnies to the mountains of Colorado with the "I Winter in Aspen" cocktail ($14). It’s got white hot chocolate, juniper, sesame, Vitae gin, and white cranberry.
Hazel DC eggnog A seasonally inspired, eggnog cocktail at Hazel. Photo: Hazel

8. Nocturne

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1932 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(234) 567-8901
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One of the specialty drinks in the tasting flights at Nocturne is called Run, Tina, Run; it’s made with spicebush and wild rice horchata ($35 per flight). There’s also a chilled coffee liqueur bomb for those who prefer cold cocktails.
Nocturne DC drink The Run, Tina, Run drink at Nocturne. Photo: Nocturne

9. Tico

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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The Tico Toddy features mezcal, allspice dram, Earl Grey honey syrup, and lemon ($12).
Tico DC cocktails Cocktails at Tico. Photo: Tico

10. Bar Dupont

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 483-6000
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The Black Forest at Bar Dupont is a liquid version of the classic dessert ($13). The drink has bourbon, Godiva dark chocolate liqueur, simple syrup, apple juice, and pink grapefruit juice.
Bar Dupont DC cocktails Cocktails at Bar Dupont. Photo: Bar Dupont

11. Buffalo & Bergen

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-2549
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Buffalo & Bergen gets creative with two hot cocktails. The Hot Day in January features gin, honey, lemongrass, cinnamon, and hot water served in a mug topped with a marshmallow snowman ($12). Foie The Halls is composed of Chartreuse, cognac, chocolate syrup, and steamed milk with a melting foie gras butterball dangling over the mug ($14).
Buffalo & Bergen DC drink The buttery Foie the Halls drink at Buffalo & Bergen. Photo: Buffalo & Bergen

12. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 861-1310
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No need for an actual campfire when Firefly’s Campfire cocktail has chocolate, vodka, walnut liquor, Kahlua, allspice dram, and egg white. It’s served in a cedar rosemary-smoked glass and topped with torched coconut marshmallow ($16).
Firefly DC cocktail The Campfire cocktail at Firefly. Photo by Julia Majors

13. Momofuku CCDC

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 602-1832
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Try the punny Hot Cha-Tea at Momofuku, which is made in the style of a clarified milk punch, with tea, lemon, ginger, pisco, blackberry liqueur, zucca, and cocchi ($12).
Momofuku DC drink A chai tea drink at Momofuku. Photo: Momofuku CCDC

14. Stable

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1324 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 733-4604
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After hitting the slopes (or the sledding hill), retreat to Stable to try the apres ski menu. It includes drinks like Glühwein — a spiced red wine ($9) — and Stroh Jägertee featuring spiced rum, hot water, and a lemon ($9).
Stable DC schoggi twist The seasonal Schoggi Twist at Stable. Photo: Stable

15. Ambar (Multiple locations)

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2901 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 875-9663
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The Balkan Hot Toddy at Ambar is supposed to help relieve cold and flu symptoms ($11). It’s composed of Maraska, whiskey, hot water, brown sugar cubes, and lemon.
Ambar VA cocktail A hot toddy at Ambar. Photo: Ambar

16. G.O.A.T.

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3028 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
Clarendon’s new sports bar has a Salted Caramel Apple Sangria with caramel cinnamon apple syrup, sparkling apple cider, salted caramel vodka, and pinot grigio ($10).
GOAT VA bar The main bar at G.O.A.T. Photo by Courtney C. / Yelp

17. Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 506-2368
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The hot cocktails at the Salt Line are served in thermoses and come with plaid blankets. Sit by the fire pits in the outdoor bar area, and drink a hot toddy with TSL Woodford Reserve, chicory, rainwater madeira, and lemon ($10), or a mulled cider with VSOP brandy, mulling spices, and organic apple cider ($11).
Salt Line DC bar The main bar at Salt Line. Photo: Salt Line

1. Logan Tavern

1423 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Logan Tavern DC chai tea The chai tea cocktail at Logan Tavern. Photo: Logan Tavern
The ‘c’ is silent in Logan Tavern’s (C)hai Tea that includes bourbon, chai, steamed milk, and citrus ($10.50). Get it during brunch.
1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

2. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
BDT DC cocktails Cocktails at Blue Duck Tavern. Photo by Alan V. / Yelp
Guests at Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern can indulge in the Blitzen hot toddy, featuring chai-infused aquavit, saffron water, yellow Chartreuse, Four Roses bourbon, black sesame honey, simple syrup, and lemon juice ($18).
1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

3. Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Equinox DC sweet potato drink A spiced sweet potato drink at Equinox. Photo by Sacha Cohen for Equinox
Drink dessert at Equinox with the Spiked Sweet Potato Pie, featuring Irish cream, coffee, whipped cream, spiced sweet potato purée, and cinnamon ($16). There’s also a mulled pear cider that features red wine, brandy baking spices, pear cider, a cinnamon stick, and star anise ($15).
818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

4. Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

3100 South Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007
Living Room DC hot toddy The VCD hot toddy at Living Room. Photo: Ritz-Carlton
Sit in the Living Room at the Ritz in Georgetown and sip the VDC hot toddy, made with Virginia Highland whiskey, orange rooibos honey syrup, and orange bitters ($17).
3100 South Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. Taqueria del Barrio

821 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
Taqueria del Barrio DC bar The main bar at Taqueria del Barrio. Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
The Ponche Navideño is a hot Mexican punch typically served during the holidays. Taqueria del Barrio’s version features rum, guava, apple, pear, tejocote, and piloncillo cane sugar ($10).
821 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

6. Red's Table

11150 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191
Red's Table VA cocktail The Hot Scotty at Red’s Table. Photo: Red’s Table
Red’s Table gives its hot toddy a Scottish makeover. The Hot Scotty includes Glenmorangie whiskey, orange chamomile simple syrup, clove, lemon, and hot water ($12).
11150 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191

7. Hazel

808 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Hazel DC eggnog A seasonally inspired, eggnog cocktail at Hazel. Photo: Hazel
Hazel will transport snow bunnies to the mountains of Colorado with the "I Winter in Aspen" cocktail ($14). It’s got white hot chocolate, juniper, sesame, Vitae gin, and white cranberry.
808 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Nocturne

1932 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Nocturne DC drink The Run, Tina, Run drink at Nocturne. Photo: Nocturne
One of the specialty drinks in the tasting flights at Nocturne is called Run, Tina, Run; it’s made with spicebush and wild rice horchata ($35 per flight). There’s also a chilled coffee liqueur bomb for those who prefer cold cocktails.
1932 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Tico

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Tico DC cocktails Cocktails at Tico. Photo: Tico
The Tico Toddy features mezcal, allspice dram, Earl Grey honey syrup, and lemon ($12).
1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

10. Bar Dupont

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Bar Dupont DC cocktails Cocktails at Bar Dupont. Photo: Bar Dupont
The Black Forest at Bar Dupont is a liquid version of the classic dessert ($13). The drink has bourbon, Godiva dark chocolate liqueur, simple syrup, apple juice, and pink grapefruit juice.
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

11. Buffalo & Bergen

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Buffalo & Bergen DC drink The buttery Foie the Halls drink at Buffalo & Bergen. Photo: Buffalo & Bergen
Buffalo & Bergen gets creative with two hot cocktails. The Hot Day in January features gin, honey, lemongrass, cinnamon, and hot water served in a mug topped with a marshmallow snowman ($12). Foie The Halls is composed of Chartreuse, cognac, chocolate syrup, and steamed milk with a melting foie gras butterball dangling over the mug ($14).
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Firefly DC cocktail The Campfire cocktail at Firefly. Photo by Julia Majors
No need for an actual campfire when Firefly’s Campfire cocktail has chocolate, vodka, walnut liquor, Kahlua, allspice dram, and egg white. It’s served in a cedar rosemary-smoked glass and topped with torched coconut marshmallow ($16).
1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

13. Momofuku CCDC

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Momofuku DC drink A chai tea drink at Momofuku. Photo: Momofuku CCDC
Try the punny Hot Cha-Tea at Momofuku, which is made in the style of a clarified milk punch, with tea, lemon, ginger, pisco, blackberry liqueur, zucca, and cocchi ($12).
1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. Stable

1324 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Stable DC schoggi twist The seasonal Schoggi Twist at Stable. Photo: Stable
After hitting the slopes (or the sledding hill), retreat to Stable to try the apres ski menu. It includes drinks like Glühwein — a spiced red wine ($9) — and Stroh Jägertee featuring spiced rum, hot water, and a lemon ($9).
1324 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

15. Ambar (Multiple locations)

2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Ambar VA cocktail A hot toddy at Ambar. Photo: Ambar
The Balkan Hot Toddy at Ambar is supposed to help relieve cold and flu symptoms ($11). It’s composed of Maraska, whiskey, hot water, brown sugar cubes, and lemon.
2901 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

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16. G.O.A.T.

3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
GOAT VA bar The main bar at G.O.A.T. Photo by Courtney C. / Yelp
Clarendon’s new sports bar has a Salted Caramel Apple Sangria with caramel cinnamon apple syrup, sparkling apple cider, salted caramel vodka, and pinot grigio ($10).
3028 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

17. Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Salt Line DC bar The main bar at Salt Line. Photo: Salt Line
The hot cocktails at the Salt Line are served in thermoses and come with plaid blankets. Sit by the fire pits in the outdoor bar area, and drink a hot toddy with TSL Woodford Reserve, chicory, rainwater madeira, and lemon ($10), or a mulled cider with VSOP brandy, mulling spices, and organic apple cider ($11).
79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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