CityEats’ Picks: Winter Cocktails

With the temperature dropping, there’s nothing better than a winter cocktail to warm you up. From a hot toddy to a classic bourbon-spiked cider, here are CityEats’ 10 favorite winter cocktails.

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Mikey Roe at Beth's Café

Mikey Roe at Beth's Café

Mikey Roe shows off this monster omelette served with endless hash browns at Beth's Café. 960 1280

  

Mikey Roe at Beth's Café

Mikey Roe at Beth's Café

At 3:20 a.m., Mikey sits down with the customers at Beth's Café, his last stop of the night. 960 1280

  

Beth's Cafe in Seattle

Beth's Cafe in Seattle

Beth’s has been serving hungry Seattleites oversized breakfasts for more than 50 years. 960 1280

  

Beth's Cafe in Seattle

Beth's Cafe in Seattle

Adventuresome eaters order the 12-egg omelet, complete with toast and hash browns. 960 1280

  

Mikey films outside of Li’l Woody's

Mikey films outside of Li’l Woody's

Mikey films outside of Li’l Woody's, a late-night staple in Seattle known for their unique spin on burgers and shakes. 960 1280

  

Li'l Woody's famous New Mexican burger

Li'l Woody's famous New Mexican burger

Li'l Woody's famous New Mexican burger is topped with a homemade cheese sauce and green chilies brought in straight from New Mexico. This burger is only available from August to September when the peppers are in season. 960 1280

  

Li'l Woody's in Seattle

Li'l Woody's in Seattle

If you’ve ever dipped your French fries in a milkshake, you know that this combination of sweet and savory is delicious. At Li’l Woody’s, it’s called “Crack,” and late-night feasters can’t get enough of it. 960 1280

  

Mikey stands outside of Off The Rez

Mikey stands outside of Off The Rez

Mikey stands outside of Off The Rez, Seattle’s first and only Native American food truck, serving up a unique fusion of Native American and Mexican cuisines. 960 1280

  

Utilikilt in Seattle

Utilikilt in Seattle

Mikey gets fitted for a kilt at Utilikilt. 960 1280

  

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

Mikey meets a customer in a kilt at Biscuit Bitch, where owner Kimberly Spice works her magic using only an electric griddle, an old-school oven and her mastery of biscuit baking. 960 1280

  

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

By day, this late-night joint is an intimate coffee shop that goes by the name Caffe Lieto. But at exactly 10 p.m., it turns into the Biscuit Bitch. 960 1280

  

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

When the sun goes down, this place transforms into an after-hours madhouse with biscuit breakfast feasts of grand proportions. 960 1280

  

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

Biscuit Bitch in Seattle

But you better get to Biscuit Bitch fast if you want to secure a meal -- once the biscuits are gone, the door closes for the night. 960 1280

  

Mikey Roe in Seattle

Mikey Roe in Seattle

You never know who or what you’ll find wandering around late at night … Mikey meets a late-night denizen who has a beast waiting to be fed. 960 1280

  

Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Cicchetti are Venice’s version of tapas. These small bites range from fried seafood to hard boiled eggs to meatballs or simply cured olives. An entire meal can be created from Cicchetti by ordering multiple plates at the Cicchetteria. Don’t forget to wash it down with some vino. 960 1280

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Carpaccio

Carpaccio

Carpaccio was created in Venice and named after the artist Vittore Carpaccio by the Cipriani family, owners of the famous Harry’s Bar. Thinly sliced beef is served on a plate drizzled with Harry’s famous sauce of mayonnaise, crushed tomato, cream, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. 960 1280

  

Risotto

Risotto

Risotto is a common dish throughout Italy, but in Venice, the Risi e Bisi is well known because of one prized ingredient: Peas. Paired with ham and risotto broth, this dish is rich in flavors of the region. 960 1280

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Fried Sardines

Fried Sardines

Fried sardines have been a favorite snack in Venice since the 13th century and are served simply with a drizzle of lemon juice, olive oil and parsley. 960 1280

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Prosecco

Prosecco

Prosecco is the sparkling beverage of choice in Venice, not to mention much of Italy. The Veneto region produces much of Italy’s prosecco and it can be enjoyed alone, in a cocktail, or in a Bellini which was made famous in Venice. Prosecco pairs nicely with the abundant seafood dishes of Venice. 960 1280

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Artichokes

Artichokes

Artichokes are a prized vegetable of the area and can be found in markets in early spring. Early season baby artichokes, or castraure ,are highly sought after for their tender and bitter flesh; fondi di artichiochi, or artichoke hearts, are often found cleaned and prepared and sold in buckets of water in local markets. Fried and served with lemon and olive oil, or layered in sandwiches, artichokes appear in many different Venetian dishes. 960 1280
Fegato alla Veniziana

Fegato alla Veniziana

Fegato alla Veniziana is a local specialty consisting of lightly fried liver with browned onions and a bit of red wine. 960 1280

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Radicchio Trevisiano

Radicchio Trevisiano

Bitter red chickory known as Radicchio Trevisiano is often served in salads, alla griglia (grilled and served with olive oil) and can even be found in some risotto dishes. 960 1280
Pasta e fasioi

Pasta e fasioi

Venice’s version of Minestrone soup, Pasta e fasioi, contains short pasta, fava beans, onion, oil, salt and pepper and has been considered a poor man’s dish for centuries. 960 1280
Tramezzini

Tramezzini

Tramezzini is a different kind of Italian sandwich than the ubiquitous Panini. Various ingredients like tuna, eggs, capers and ham are piled onto thinly sliced white bread and cut into bite-sized pieces. These are also considered Cicchetti. 960 1280
Polenta and Cuttlefish

Polenta and Cuttlefish

The deep black color of this dish -- polenta and cuttlefish -- is derived from the ink of the cuttlefish. 960 1280
Bigoli alla Busara

Bigoli alla Busara

Bigoli alla busara is a regional specialty featuring a thick, whole wheat spaghetti and a sauce layered with the flavors of melted anchovies and onions. 960 1280

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Baicoli

Baicoli

A simple dessert, baicoli are dry biscuits often served with coffee and zabaglione and are named such because they resemble the sea bass, a local fish. 960 1280
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"For centuries, the smell, taste and appearance of food has been touted as passion-producing," says Sari Greaves, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Here at Travel Channel, we thought we'd have a little fun with this. First up? Pomegranates also known as "love apples." (Source: WebMD) 960 1280

  

Many people believe that artichokes ramp up sexual desire and increase sperm count. (Source: WebMD) 960 1280

  

"Cocoa beans contain phenylethamine, a compound that triggers the release of endorphins, compounds associated with pleasure," according to Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD (WebMD.com). Cocoa powder processed without alkaline provides the biggest bang for the buck and dark chocolate has the most cocoa powder. (Source: WebMD) 960 1280

  

Oysters contain high amounts of dopamine and zinc, 2 ingredients that increase sexual desire. (Source: WebMD) 960 1280

  

There is something to be said for warm honey drizzled on a toasted French baguette (or anywhere else you'd like to drizzle it). 960 1280

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Rumor has it, just uttering the word "truffle" has been known to send feelings of passion to both males and females. 960 1280

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It's believed that avocado's aphrodisiacal quality stems from its appearance and not its taste. 960 1280

  

In olden times, a bride was given 3 courses of vegetables, including asparagus, the night before her wedding. 960 1280

  

This aphrodisiac probably needs no explanation. Good wine and good company is generally the only ingredients you need for a romantic evening. 960 1280

  

Last but not least, strawberries are said to be a symbol of passion, loaded with vitamin C to fight impotency. They're also especially wonderful dipped in chocolate! 960 1280

  

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