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.
Prado 86 from Green Russell (Denver)In a swanky underground lair in downtown Denver, Green Russell presents the ideal cure for winter chill. The Prado 86 offers the warmth and kicked-up smokiness of Sombra mezcal and black-pepper syrup, balanced with the brightness of fresh-pressed pineapple juice, blood-orange juice and orange liqueur. 960 1280
Lime Light from Luma on Park (Winter Park, FL)Taking full advantage of both citrus and peppermint, Winter Park favorite sipping spot Luma on Park has invented the Lime Light. The drink features a bold combination of wasabi vodka, lime, cucumber, peppermint, lemon and ground red peppercorn that make for a perfectly sweet, spicy and refreshing winter libation. 960 1280
Snowflake from Hyde Bellagio (Las Vegas)Hyde Bellagio’s Snowflake is a delicate and pure drink that packs an icy bite thanks to a splash of liquid nitrogen. Served in a glass “frosted” by freshly fallen coconut “snowflakes” and sweetened with Malibu rum, the cocktail is as delicious to sip as it is to admire. 960 1280
The Old Twelfth Night from South Water Kitchen (Chicago)Chicago’s South Water Kitchen combines potent 101-proof bourbon (Wild Turkey 101), apple brandy, lemon juice and thyme syrup in its The Old Twelfth Night cocktail to create a steaming wintery concoction perfect for combating the winter blues. 960 1280
Hot Chocolate Mark from Top of the Mark (San Francisco)Warm up with this adult hot chocolate, served at Top of the Mark in San Francisco’s iconic InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel. Made with crème de menthe and peach liqueur, the Hot Chocolate Mark doubles as a cocktail and dessert. Garnished with red chili for an extra kick. 960 1280
Kith and Kin from Cusp Dining and Drinks (La Jolla, CA)Kith and Kin is Old English for “friends and family,” making this cool-weather sipper perfect for entertaining. Created by bartender Nate Howell, this cocktail is packed with seasonal ingredients, including cinnamon-infused pear cordial, yellow Chartreuse, cognac, fresh grapefruit, agave and hot water. 960 1280
The Ginseng Glow from Middle Branch (New York)In China, ginseng is commonly used as a warming agent, so Lucinda Sterling of New York’s Middle Branch decided to take advantage. To make her Ginseng Glow, Sterling combines rum, lime juice and Aperol with ginseng tea powder. 960 1280
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Café Tortoni, Buenos AiresAs Argentina’s oldest café, this historic hangout has been a gathering spot for artists, politicians and musicians since the late 1800s. You can’t leave without ordering the local favorite -- chocolate con churros, crunchy fried dough dipped into thick hot chocolate. 960 1280
Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, RomeFounded in 1938, this small stand-up café is a landmark in the heart of Rome, near the city’s iconic Piazza Navona. Drinking espresso standing up is the equivalent of to-go coffee for Italians. No matter how much time you have, order the local favorite "gran caffè speciale,” a shot of sweetened espresso. 960 1280
La Cafeotheque, ParisWhile many cafes in Paris focus on atmosphere more than the coffee, this spot is one of the exceptions. Coffee aficionados, Parisian hipsters and tourists alike all gather at this café for the best beans from all over the world, which are roasted in-house. 960 1280
Winkel, AmsterdamA favorite of locals and tourists alike, this charming corner café is known for its appeltaart (Dutch apple pie). But it’s also a great spot to sip on coffee, especially because of the outdoor seating, with its front-row view of the bustling farmers market nearby. 960 1280
Kaffeine, LondonWhile the caffeinated beverage of choice in London is tea, coffee (good coffee, too) can still be found in this city. Inspired by the cafes in Australia and New Zealand, this independent coffee spot is always packed with those in search of an expertly brewed cup of java. 960 1280
Caffé Vita, SeattleVirtually anywhere you go in Seattle, you’re an arm’s length away from a great cup of coffee. So if you ask a Seattleite where to find the best coffee, be prepared for a lengthy list in response. A local favorite, this café specializes in small-batch coffee roasting and even offers the general public a chance to learn the secret to its artisanal brewing with its Public Brewing School. 960 1280
Reslau, AucklandNew Zealand invented and perfected the country’s signature coffee drink -- the flat white, a shot of espresso blended with steamed milk, no froth. This award-winning café is one of the best spots in Auckland to enjoy an expertly crafted flat white topped off with a home-baked treat. 960 1280
Double Tall, JapanWhile you might think that the Japanese drink green tea all day, coffee is becoming more and more popular in this country, especially with the younger generations. While the iconic vending machine is a popular way to get your caffeine fix to-go, there is a small band of quality coffee shops in Tokyo, with Double Tall leading the pack. Known for its latte art, the coffee’s presentation -- and taste -- will wow you. 960 1280
Fried Chicken from Sylvia's in New YorkDid You Know? Recent studies suggest that comfort food changes mood on a biological level by sending happy signals directly from the stomach to the brain.
Dish 1: Fried Chicken
Where: Sylvia's, 328 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027 960 1280
Giant Cinammon Rolls at Lulu's in San AntonioDid You Know? Sweden is considered the birthplace of the cinnamon roll. So enamored are the Swedes with their comfort creation, they named October 4th National Cinnamon Roll Day!
Dish 2: Giant Cinnamon Rolls
Where: Lulu's, 918 Main St, San Antonio, TX 78207 960 1280
Blueberry Blue from Tom and Chee in KentuckyDid You Know? Blueberries are near the top when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Dish 3: Blueberry Blue Cheese Donut Sandwich
Where: Tom + Chee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071 960 1280
BBQ Pulled-Pork Waffles at Waffles and Dinges in New YorkDid You Know? Studies suggest that consumption of comfort food is triggered in men by positive emotions, and by negative ones in women.
Dish 4: BBQ Pulled-Pork Waffle
Where: Waffles & Dinges, 122nd St & Mount Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027 960 1280
The Hobo stuffed Potato from The Rack ShackDid You Know? Potatoes are one of the best sources of potassium and fiber in the produce section. Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure.
Dish 5: The Hobo Stuffed Potato
Where: The Rack Shack, 2925 Cliff Rd, Burnsville, MN 55337 960 1280
Shrimp and Grits from Hominy Grill in CharlotteDid You Know? Grits are a food of American Indian origin common in the Southern United States and mainly eaten at breakfast.
Dish 6: Shrimp and Grits
Where: Hominy Grill, 207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403 960 1280
Big Nasty Chicken and BiscuitsDid You Know? Throughout most of the world, the term biscuit means a hard, crisp, brittle bread. Only in North America does it reference a softer bread product.
Dish 7: Big Nasty Chicken and Biscuits
Where: Hominy Grill, 207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403 960 1280