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Hot Spots for Hot Cocktails This Winter

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Booze can warm you up on the inside, but if your drink is icy, you might still feel cold on the outside. When the weather gets really brutal or you want to chase away a winter cold, nothing works like a hot cocktail. Try these cocktails that incorporate wintry spices, tea, coffee, and all things warm and wonderful.
—Jamie Liu


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ardeo + Bardeo

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3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-6750
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Ardeo+Bardeo keep their hot cocktails simple. For the fan of mulled cider, try the Spice Cellar with rye, cider, honey syrup and lemon. Or go for their toddy, The Rivals, with Jameson's, Earl Grey, and simple syrup.

2. Art & Soul

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225 Pennsylvania Ave SE # 1
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 548-0105
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Along with a mulled wine, Art & Soul is serving up two hot cocktails. The Jagertee is a blend of the sweet and sour with rum, all spice dram, merlot, Pok Pok Som tamarind drinking vinegar, orange juice, and darjeeling tea. Or try the gingery Co-Op, a mix of rye, calvados, Snap, lemon, apple simple syrup and orange peel.

3. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Most people think of gin and other clear liquors as hot weather booze. But at Bibiana, gin is for all seasons with the hot & cold gin fizz. It combines a cool base of gin and lemon with a hot egg white and gin top. If you want something warm through and through, you can opt for mulled wine or hot chocolate with cognac and a house-made cardamom marshmallow.

4. BLT Steak

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1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Along with a fancy chipotle-spiced hot cocoa with coconut rum and VS cognac, BLT Steak features the perfect drink for those battling a cold, the Hot Koala. The chest-clearing hot toddy combines Old Overholt, eucalyptus, clove and ginger honey.

5. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
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Most reserve mint for icy cold cocktails like the julep and the mojito. But it's also a perfect holiday flavor for a hot cocktail. BRABO sommelier Matthew Carroll is serving up a winter julep with Knob Creek bourbon, brown sugar, and peppermint tea.

6. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Bourbon Steak is serving up classic hot boozy drinks like hot buttered rum, hot chocolate, mulled wine and cider, but they're stirring things up a bit with a steamed spice daiquiri. It features spiced rum, spiced pineapple, citrus zest, and star anise for a slightly tropical hot drink.

7. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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801-A 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-1600
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Cuba Libre is putting a Cuban spin on the Irish coffee with their Café Cuba Libre, a mix of Cuban coffee lightened with steamed coconut milk and a shot of spiced rum.

8. Drafting Table

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1529-C 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 621-7475
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At Drafting Table, you can work up a sweat with the Fireball Hot Toddy with fireball whiskey, lemon juice, Earl Grey, cloves, and cinnamon. For something creamy, try the Tom, Choc & Jerry with bourbon, dark rum, vanilla soy milk, evaporated milk, vanilla and a meringue-like egg topping.

9. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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Bartender Jon Harris at Firefly is serving up Black Fleece Punch, a mashup of two classic hot punches, the British Lambswool Wassail and the Tom & Jerry. It layers a warm base of ale flavored by baked apples with a rich, sweetened meringue with yolks folded in. Even better, it's only $5 during happy hour.

10. Graffiato

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707 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-3600
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If you're a fan of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, Graffiato has the toddy for you. The Hot Tottie features applejack, rye, pumpkin puree, lemon, honey angostura bitters and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

11. Last Exit

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3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 986-7661
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Winter spices are how Last Exit warms you up. Try the Negita Grog with rum, St. Remy XO, Combier, and chai. You can also enjoy the fruits of winter with the Currant Affair, featuring Diep 9 Genever Red Currant, Benedictine, citrus demerara.

12. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Poste has a heated outdoor patio for better enjoying hot cocktails. For those who like it bitter, Poste has the Elysium with amaro, amaretto, Grand Marnier, coffee and chocolate bitters. If you prefer something smokier, there's the Where There's Smoke, There's Fire with mezcal, spiced rum, and agave-sweetened green tea.

13. Ripple

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3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-7995
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Along with a boozy cider with dark rum, and Licor 43, Ripple is featuring a comforting, warm cocktail with steamed milk. A Sunny Chair features espresso-infused vodka, Grand Marnier, winter-spice bitters, steamed milk and nutmeg.

14. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 332-3234
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Classics like glögg (Swedish-style mulled wine) and Bourbon and Cider, accompany a rotating toddy menu at Room 11. They rotate through the Trust Toddy (byrrh, orange liqueur, cinnamon), Boots with the Fur (Becherovka, dark rum lemon zest), the Lil' Bird (tuaca, Hum, kaffir lime), and the Applesnap (applejack, Snap, apple bitters, lemon zest).

15. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528
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At Tabard Inn, it's all about customization. Try mulled cider with spiced rum, or your spirit of choice. Or build your own toddy: spirit of choice, sweetener (honey, agave, maple), heat (hot water, chamomile or rooibos chai). Go Kubrickian with a Pho Full Metal Jacket (Old Overholt rye, sriracha spiced syrup, chartreuse, lime, and star anise) or Spanish with a Spanish toddy (Spanish brandy, East India Sherry, honey, lemon, orange peel and cinnamon).

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1. Ardeo + Bardeo

3311 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Ardeo+Bardeo keep their hot cocktails simple. For the fan of mulled cider, try the Spice Cellar with rye, cider, honey syrup and lemon. Or go for their toddy, The Rivals, with Jameson's, Earl Grey, and simple syrup.
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. Art & Soul

225 Pennsylvania Ave SE # 1, Washington, DC 20003
Along with a mulled wine, Art & Soul is serving up two hot cocktails. The Jagertee is a blend of the sweet and sour with rum, all spice dram, merlot, Pok Pok Som tamarind drinking vinegar, orange juice, and darjeeling tea. Or try the gingery Co-Op, a mix of rye, calvados, Snap, lemon, apple simple syrup and orange peel.
225 Pennsylvania Ave SE # 1
Washington, DC 20003

3. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Most people think of gin and other clear liquors as hot weather booze. But at Bibiana, gin is for all seasons with the hot & cold gin fizz. It combines a cool base of gin and lemon with a hot egg white and gin top. If you want something warm through and through, you can opt for mulled wine or hot chocolate with cognac and a house-made cardamom marshmallow.
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. BLT Steak

1625 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Along with a fancy chipotle-spiced hot cocoa with coconut rum and VS cognac, BLT Steak features the perfect drink for those battling a cold, the Hot Koala. The chest-clearing hot toddy combines Old Overholt, eucalyptus, clove and ginger honey.
1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

5. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Most reserve mint for icy cold cocktails like the julep and the mojito. But it's also a perfect holiday flavor for a hot cocktail. BRABO sommelier Matthew Carroll is serving up a winter julep with Knob Creek bourbon, brown sugar, and peppermint tea.
1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
Bourbon Steak is serving up classic hot boozy drinks like hot buttered rum, hot chocolate, mulled wine and cider, but they're stirring things up a bit with a steamed spice daiquiri. It features spiced rum, spiced pineapple, citrus zest, and star anise for a slightly tropical hot drink.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

7. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

801-A 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cuba Libre is putting a Cuban spin on the Irish coffee with their Café Cuba Libre, a mix of Cuban coffee lightened with steamed coconut milk and a shot of spiced rum.
801-A 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Drafting Table

1529-C 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
At Drafting Table, you can work up a sweat with the Fireball Hot Toddy with fireball whiskey, lemon juice, Earl Grey, cloves, and cinnamon. For something creamy, try the Tom, Choc & Jerry with bourbon, dark rum, vanilla soy milk, evaporated milk, vanilla and a meringue-like egg topping.
1529-C 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004
Bartender Jon Harris at Firefly is serving up Black Fleece Punch, a mashup of two classic hot punches, the British Lambswool Wassail and the Tom & Jerry. It layers a warm base of ale flavored by baked apples with a rich, sweetened meringue with yolks folded in. Even better, it's only $5 during happy hour.
1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

10. Graffiato

707 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
If you're a fan of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, Graffiato has the toddy for you. The Hot Tottie features applejack, rye, pumpkin puree, lemon, honey angostura bitters and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
707 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Last Exit

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Winter spices are how Last Exit warms you up. Try the Negita Grog with rum, St. Remy XO, Combier, and chai. You can also enjoy the fruits of winter with the Currant Affair, featuring Diep 9 Genever Red Currant, Benedictine, citrus demerara.
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

12. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Poste has a heated outdoor patio for better enjoying hot cocktails. For those who like it bitter, Poste has the Elysium with amaro, amaretto, Grand Marnier, coffee and chocolate bitters. If you prefer something smokier, there's the Where There's Smoke, There's Fire with mezcal, spiced rum, and agave-sweetened green tea.
555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Along with a boozy cider with dark rum, and Licor 43, Ripple is featuring a comforting, warm cocktail with steamed milk. A Sunny Chair features espresso-infused vodka, Grand Marnier, winter-spice bitters, steamed milk and nutmeg.
3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

14. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Classics like glögg (Swedish-style mulled wine) and Bourbon and Cider, accompany a rotating toddy menu at Room 11. They rotate through the Trust Toddy (byrrh, orange liqueur, cinnamon), Boots with the Fur (Becherovka, dark rum lemon zest), the Lil' Bird (tuaca, Hum, kaffir lime), and the Applesnap (applejack, Snap, apple bitters, lemon zest).
3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

15. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
At Tabard Inn, it's all about customization. Try mulled cider with spiced rum, or your spirit of choice. Or build your own toddy: spirit of choice, sweetener (honey, agave, maple), heat (hot water, chamomile or rooibos chai). Go Kubrickian with a Pho Full Metal Jacket (Old Overholt rye, sriracha spiced syrup, chartreuse, lime, and star anise) or Spanish with a Spanish toddy (Spanish brandy, East India Sherry, honey, lemon, orange peel and cinnamon).
1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

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