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Hot Drinks Heatmap: New Warm Cocktails to Try NOW

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This week excepted, snow has yet to dominate winter so far in the nation's capitol. But, like the "Bring It On" cheerleading chants, it's safe to say, "Brrr, it's cold in here." As the temperature drops, bars are adding drinks that are not only tasty and boozy; they're also warming. From toddies to ciders to warmed-up bourbon concoctions, punches and alcoholic coffees, hot drinks are hot.

Here's a map new warm cocktails around the area and where to find them. Sip carefully.
—Dena Levitz


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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This one might do a body good. The warm “milk,” new on Bourbon Steak’s cocktail menu, is a blend of El Dorado rum, Valrhona white chocolate and angostura. Back again, too, is the bar’s highly popular hot “buttered” rum featuring Mount Gay rum, vanilla bean, allspice and ginger. The drink has become a winter staple.

2. Tryst

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2459 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-5500
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Adams Morgan coffeehouse/bar Tryst is going heavy on the hot drinks this year. The current drinks menu includes three “warmers” — Irish coffee, Lion’s Share cider and a Voo Doo Lady (chai and El Dorado dark rum) — and three different kinds of hot toddies. But the new seasonal item might be the most exotic of the warm fare. The Burnfield is a mix of Cabritos Reposado tequila, hot apple cider, caramel, burnt sugar and lemon juice served in a coupe glass.

3. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388
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Another hot cocktail incorporating chai, Jack Rose is offering a Chai Way to Hell to patrons. The drink has in it Knob Creek Rye, lemon, allspice liqueur, honey and black chai tea. There's also the old favorite Winter is Coming, which was on the menu last year but is now back. The beverage is mulled wine accented with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, vanilla and clove.

4. Ping Pong Dim Sum - Dupont

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1 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-1268
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Asian small plates den Ping Pong Dim Sum is ringing in the season with new entrees and cocktails, including a few of the hot variety. The Chinese Warm Winter Punch utilizes Flor de Cana rum and the Italian spirit Punch Abruzzo steeped in orange zest and cloves. Served alongside the punch is a carafe of hot chocolate tea that can be used to dilute the cocktail to the drinker’s liking (multiple locations).

5. Mandu

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453 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-6899
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Along with its regular offerings of bibimbap and kimchi, Korean eatery Mandu (multiple locations) introduced a new drink for diners this season. Called Avery’s Applejack, the hot concoction is made with Applejack, apple juice, spiced rum and jalapeno extract that gives it a subtle spiciness along with its warm temperature.

6. The Gibson

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2009 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 232-2156
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Speakeasy-style bar The Gibson is giving patrons a trio of new warm cocktails that will be available through the first week of January. Santa’s Shift Drink is a mix of brandy, rye, cider, cranberry, pomegranate, apple, cinnamon, clove and anise. Even without snow, the Dashing Through the Snow is a sweet treat of birch vodka, cocoa, creme de cacao, candy cane and marshmallows while the Baby It’s Cold Outside blends whiskey, lemon, clove, rosemary, lemon and cinnamon.

7. Church & State

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1236 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-2323
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Boozy hot chocolate is the rage at H Street drinking establishment Church & State, which celebrates American spirits. Imbibers can order their alcoholic hot chocolates with Bird Dog hot cinnamon whiskey, Dark Corners butterscotch moonshine, Old Bardstown whiskey and Praline liqueur, or a peach and cinnamon-infused Buffalo Trace and Bloomery Sweet Shine peach moonshine. The bar also has gin and whiskey hot toddies available.

8. Mockingbird Hill

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1843 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
One of Derek Brown’s new Shaw watering holes, Mockingbird, dedicated to sherry and ham, is also going the warm route. The PX Buttered Rum and Wassail, first offered as occasional special drinks, are now in regular rotation. The components of the rum cocktail include Barbancourt 8-year rum, “Nectar” PX sherry, butter, spices and hot water. The Wassail, a traditional mulled cider originating in England, involves a mixture of scored apples, cream sherry and brown sugar combined with a blend of brown ale and ground spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

9. Rhodeside Grill

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1836 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-0145
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Known for its basement-level karaoke and live music, Arlington bar and restaurant Rhodeside Grill also just released a hefty new menu of cocktails to go with its extensive beer selection. Starting in January, one of the new cocktails will be a warm one riffing on a Tom and Jerry, a traditional Christmas-time drink devised by a British journalist in the 1820s and featuring egg whites, rum and eggnog as the key ingredients. Rhodeside’s version includes Cognac, Jerry batter, Lucky Charms-infused milk and topped with freshly grated nutmeg and freshly whipped cream. The Jerry batter consists of fresh eggs, cream Tatar, sugar, angostura bitters, Appleton rum, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.

10. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 332-3234
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In Columbia Heights a high-octane Scandinavian mulled wine is in regular supply at Room 11. The bar’s Glogg is cabernet mulled with orange peel, candied ginger, cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Room 11 also is offering a selection of hot toddies and hot punches that change weekly. Recent varieties have included the Rage Blackout Toddy (rum, varnelli punch alla fiamma, lemon twist and hot water) and the 13th & Clifton (rye, kirschwasser, leopold fernet, lemon juice, hot water and Peychaud's bitters).

11. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060
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When the weather gets cold Poste opens its hotly-anticipated winter lounge each year, which means furry blankets and fire pits to accompany outdoor drinking. On the menu this year are hot beverages including Which Cider the Aisle?, a warmed-up spiced cider.

12. Wisdom

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1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-2323
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Technically, Wisdom, near Potomac Avenue Metro, sells its housemade alcoholic hot cider annually in the wintertime. But owner and renowned mixologist Erik Holzherr tinkers with the ingredients each year to make the drink new again. This time around the cider recipe uses toli-salted caramel vodka as the base and becherovka herbal liqueur. The liquor is mixed with pressed apple juice and marinated with clove, cinnamon and anise.

1. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
This one might do a body good. The warm “milk,” new on Bourbon Steak’s cocktail menu, is a blend of El Dorado rum, Valrhona white chocolate and angostura. Back again, too, is the bar’s highly popular hot “buttered” rum featuring Mount Gay rum, vanilla bean, allspice and ginger. The drink has become a winter staple.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

2. Tryst

2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Adams Morgan coffeehouse/bar Tryst is going heavy on the hot drinks this year. The current drinks menu includes three “warmers” — Irish coffee, Lion’s Share cider and a Voo Doo Lady (chai and El Dorado dark rum) — and three different kinds of hot toddies. But the new seasonal item might be the most exotic of the warm fare. The Burnfield is a mix of Cabritos Reposado tequila, hot apple cider, caramel, burnt sugar and lemon juice served in a coupe glass.
2459 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Another hot cocktail incorporating chai, Jack Rose is offering a Chai Way to Hell to patrons. The drink has in it Knob Creek Rye, lemon, allspice liqueur, honey and black chai tea. There's also the old favorite Winter is Coming, which was on the menu last year but is now back. The beverage is mulled wine accented with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, vanilla and clove.
2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Ping Pong Dim Sum - Dupont

1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036
Asian small plates den Ping Pong Dim Sum is ringing in the season with new entrees and cocktails, including a few of the hot variety. The Chinese Warm Winter Punch utilizes Flor de Cana rum and the Italian spirit Punch Abruzzo steeped in orange zest and cloves. Served alongside the punch is a carafe of hot chocolate tea that can be used to dilute the cocktail to the drinker’s liking (multiple locations).
1 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Mandu

453 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Along with its regular offerings of bibimbap and kimchi, Korean eatery Mandu (multiple locations) introduced a new drink for diners this season. Called Avery’s Applejack, the hot concoction is made with Applejack, apple juice, spiced rum and jalapeno extract that gives it a subtle spiciness along with its warm temperature.
453 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

6. The Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20003
Speakeasy-style bar The Gibson is giving patrons a trio of new warm cocktails that will be available through the first week of January. Santa’s Shift Drink is a mix of brandy, rye, cider, cranberry, pomegranate, apple, cinnamon, clove and anise. Even without snow, the Dashing Through the Snow is a sweet treat of birch vodka, cocoa, creme de cacao, candy cane and marshmallows while the Baby It’s Cold Outside blends whiskey, lemon, clove, rosemary, lemon and cinnamon.
2009 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20003

7. Church & State

1236 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Boozy hot chocolate is the rage at H Street drinking establishment Church & State, which celebrates American spirits. Imbibers can order their alcoholic hot chocolates with Bird Dog hot cinnamon whiskey, Dark Corners butterscotch moonshine, Old Bardstown whiskey and Praline liqueur, or a peach and cinnamon-infused Buffalo Trace and Bloomery Sweet Shine peach moonshine. The bar also has gin and whiskey hot toddies available.
1236 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Mockingbird Hill

1843 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
One of Derek Brown’s new Shaw watering holes, Mockingbird, dedicated to sherry and ham, is also going the warm route. The PX Buttered Rum and Wassail, first offered as occasional special drinks, are now in regular rotation. The components of the rum cocktail include Barbancourt 8-year rum, “Nectar” PX sherry, butter, spices and hot water. The Wassail, a traditional mulled cider originating in England, involves a mixture of scored apples, cream sherry and brown sugar combined with a blend of brown ale and ground spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
1843 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Rhodeside Grill

1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Known for its basement-level karaoke and live music, Arlington bar and restaurant Rhodeside Grill also just released a hefty new menu of cocktails to go with its extensive beer selection. Starting in January, one of the new cocktails will be a warm one riffing on a Tom and Jerry, a traditional Christmas-time drink devised by a British journalist in the 1820s and featuring egg whites, rum and eggnog as the key ingredients. Rhodeside’s version includes Cognac, Jerry batter, Lucky Charms-infused milk and topped with freshly grated nutmeg and freshly whipped cream. The Jerry batter consists of fresh eggs, cream Tatar, sugar, angostura bitters, Appleton rum, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.
1836 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

10. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
In Columbia Heights a high-octane Scandinavian mulled wine is in regular supply at Room 11. The bar’s Glogg is cabernet mulled with orange peel, candied ginger, cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Room 11 also is offering a selection of hot toddies and hot punches that change weekly. Recent varieties have included the Rage Blackout Toddy (rum, varnelli punch alla fiamma, lemon twist and hot water) and the 13th & Clifton (rye, kirschwasser, leopold fernet, lemon juice, hot water and Peychaud's bitters).
3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

11. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
When the weather gets cold Poste opens its hotly-anticipated winter lounge each year, which means furry blankets and fire pits to accompany outdoor drinking. On the menu this year are hot beverages including Which Cider the Aisle?, a warmed-up spiced cider.
555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Wisdom

1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Technically, Wisdom, near Potomac Avenue Metro, sells its housemade alcoholic hot cider annually in the wintertime. But owner and renowned mixologist Erik Holzherr tinkers with the ingredients each year to make the drink new again. This time around the cider recipe uses toli-salted caramel vodka as the base and becherovka herbal liqueur. The liquor is mixed with pressed apple juice and marinated with clove, cinnamon and anise.
1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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