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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Vareniki

Vareniki

A Ukrainian contribution to Russian cuisine, vareniki are square- or crescent-shaped dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage, meat or hard-boiled egg, or a combination of those ingredients. They're typically served smothered with butter and fried onions. What could be better? 960 1280

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Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Russians know that pickled vegetables are good for the gut, so an assortment of them, known as soleniya, is a typical appetizer served at lunch or dinner. This plate contains a whole pickled tomato, cabbage and cucumber. 960 1280

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Piroshki

Piroshki

Piroshki are small, baked or fried buns eaten as a snack or appetizer. Common savory fillings include cabbage, mushrooms, beef or potatoes; sweet fillings may include fresh fruits, jam or cheeses. 960 1280

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Taranka

Taranka

Taranka, a salted and dried fish, is a popular snack in Russia. It's often eaten with beer to balance the saltiness. 960 1280

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Khachapuri

Khachapuri

Khachapuri, a salty, cheese-filled bread from neighboring Georgia, is a popular savory snack throughout Russia as well. 960 1280

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Russian Appetizers

Russian Appetizers

Traditional appetizers found on the Russian dining table include (clockwise from top): blini with red caviar; a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, butterfish and paddlefish; and Olivier salad. Moscow’s Ermitage Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Olivier salad, which is made of boiled potatoes with some combination of pickles, capers, peas, carrots, celery, egg, chicken, fish or ham, and sometimes caviar. The tang and crunch of the salad is embraced by a smooth mayonnaise dressing, adding a creamy texture. 960 1280

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Borscht

Borscht

Served either hot or cold, borscht is a popular and hearty beet soup that also happens to come in a vibrant color. 960 1280

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Kotletki

Kotletki

Russians often argue about whose mother makes the best kotletki, a small cutlet of minced meats, such as chicken, pork, beef and fish. Typical accompaniments to this lightly pan-fried patty include hearty sides including potatoes and buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

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Russian Cakes

Russian Cakes

Which of these 3 Russian cakes will soothe your sweet tooth the most? Will it be (clockwise from bottom) medovnik, a traditional Russian honey cake; a spongy cake with vanilla cream, apricots, prunes, raisins and nuts; or Napoleon cake, which layers flaky puff pastry with cream and nuts? 960 1280

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Russian Entrees

Russian Entrees

Dinner may include entrees such as (clockwise from top) stuffed cabbage (golubtsi); traditional chicken Kiev; and beef stroganoff with buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

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Russian Pastries

Russian Pastries

Breakfast, dessert and special holidays call for pastries in Russia. Among the popular varieties are (clockwise from top) traditional poppy-seed rolls; sochnik, a puff pastry filled with sweet cheese and raisins; and tiny pechenie cookies with fruit filling. 960 1280

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Pelmeni

Pelmeni

These small, minced-meat-filled dumplings are a staple of Russian cuisine. Sometimes served in a broth, pelmeni are also eaten plain with sour cream or melted butter on top. Fillings include veal, pork, lamb or Siberian meat (a combination of veal and pork). Their thin shells set them apart from other Russian dumplings, as do their always-savory fillings. 960 1280

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Smoked Meats

Smoked Meats

What meat lover wouldn’t want to try this? Kolbasa, or Russian sausage, comes in a variety of forms, including smoked, cured, boiled and fresh, and is made of beef, pork or veal. Kolbasa is often eaten as a snack, sometimes with a piece of hearty, dark rye bread. 960 1280

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Russian Vodka

Russian Vodka

What would Russian culture be without vodka? This strong, clear beverage is distilled from potatoes and grain and is widely consumed throughout Russia. Vodka is commonly enjoyed cold from small, stemless wineglasses, usually during a meal. 960 1280

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Matryoshka Doll

Matryoshka Doll

A traditional matryoshka doll covering warms a dish of pelmeni at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant in New York City. 960 1280

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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

Did You Know? Meatless Italian bread soaked in the juice of Italian beef served with peppers or giardiniera is known in some places as "Soakers" or "Juice-ons".

Dish 1: Italian Beef Sandwich
Where: Al's Beef, 1079 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL
960 1280

  

The Salt Lick BBQ

The Salt Lick BBQ

Did You Know? In the 16th century, Native Americans showed Spanish settlers how to slow-smoke meat to a state of tender, juicy deliciousness.

Dish 2: Hill Country Texas BBQ
Where: The Salt Lick BBQ, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
960 1280

  

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Did You Know? People have fried their food since Roman times. But the southern fried chicken we know and love didn’t become popular until the 1700’s, when Scottish immigrants brought the cooking technique to America.

Dish 3: Fried Chicken
Where: Yoder's, 3434 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34239
960 1280

  

Crawfish Feast

Crawfish Feast

Did You Know? Each year, Louisiana fisherman haul in 80 million pounds of crawfish for local boils.

Dish 4: Crawfish Feast
Where: Hot 'n Juicy Crawfish, 4810 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
960 1280

  

Juicy Lucy at Matt's

Juicy Lucy at Matt's

Did You Know? Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top.

Dish 5: Juicy Lucy
Where: Matt's Bar, 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648
960 1280

  

Juicy Lucy at 5-8 Club

Juicy Lucy at 5-8 Club

Did You Know? While Matt's and 5-8 battle over who invented the Juicy Lucy, other restaurants have gone on to create Lucys with a variety of fillings.

Dish 6: Juicy Lucy
Where: 5-8 Club, 5800 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648
960 1280

  

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Tourists from Australia sample smoked reindeer heart at Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm. 960 1280

  

London’s East End

London’s East End

Fresh street food for sale in London’s East End. 960 1280

  

Quimet y Quimet tapas bar

Quimet y Quimet tapas bar

Jellified apple with foie gras at Quimet y Quimet tapas bar in Barcelona. 960 1280

  

Meg Zimbeck in front of the Eiffel Tower

Meg Zimbeck in front of the Eiffel Tower

Founder of the food tour company Paris by Mouth, Meg Zimbeck, gives an interview in front of the Eiffel Tower. 960 1280

  

Kumpir

Kumpir

Kumpir, a baked potato street food in Istanbul. 960 1280

  

Prague’s Wenceslas Square

Prague’s Wenceslas Square

Busy streets around Prague’s Wenceslas Square. 960 1280

  

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Food guide Fredrik Ekstrom samples fresh gravid lax at Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm. 960 1280

  

Boucherie Michel Bruno

Boucherie Michel Bruno

The variety of meats available at Boucherie Michel Bruno at the Marche d'Aligre neighborhood market in Paris. 960 1280

  

Istanbul’s Bosphorus River

Istanbul’s Bosphorus River

Fish doesn’t come fresher than on these boats floating down Istanbul’s Bosphorus River. 960 1280

  

Hardouin Cheese shop

Hardouin Cheese shop

Fresh cheese for sale at the Hardouin Cheese shop at the Marche d’Aligre neighborhood market in Paris. 960 1280

  

Havelske Trziste market in Prague

Havelske Trziste market in Prague

Outdoor stalls at the Havelske Trziste market in Prague. 960 1280

  

London's East End

London's East End

Caribbean street food of beet root and apple stew in London's East End. 960 1280

  

Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market

Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market

Food writer Tara Stevens snacks on chickpeas with blood sausage at Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market. 960 1280

  

Spice markets of Istanbul

Spice markets of Istanbul

A variety of nuts for sale in the spice markets of Istanbul. 960 1280

  

London’s Tubby Isaacs

London’s Tubby Isaacs

London’s Tubby Isaacs street stand is known for jellied eels. 960 1280

  

Stockholm’s harbor

Stockholm’s harbor

Stockholm’s picturesque harbor. 960 1280

  

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