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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Jamaica's Discovery Bay

Jamaica's Discovery Bay

Andrew and Dayne Buddo ride Discovery Bay's rough seas with local fishermen. 960 1280

  

Fresh Grilled Snapper

Fresh Grilled Snapper

Head to Jamaica to sample tasty dishes, including this fresh grilled snapper topped with onions and spicy scotch peppers. 960 1280

  

Cuisine of Kingston

Cuisine of Kingston

Andrew and his guide Jacqui Sinclair make a pit stop to taste a few dishes served at food stands in Kingston, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

"All-in-One" Dish at Ishanti Ital Restaurant

"All-in-One" Dish at Ishanti Ital Restaurant

Andrew tries this dish; a plate called "all-in-one" served at the Ishanti Ital restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Preparing Lionfish

Preparing Lionfish

Andrew carefully cuts away a lionfish's spine before cooking it. 960 1280

  

Rastafarian Drink With Shredded Coconut

Rastafarian Drink With Shredded Coconut

Wolde 'The Yatti Man' Selasie prepares an all-natural Rastafarian drink by shredding coconut. 960 1280

  

Curried Goat at Angela's Shack

Curried Goat at Angela's Shack

At Angela's Shack, Andrew tries curried goat with steamed callalou, a traditional Jamaican delicacy. 960 1280

  

Jerk Chicken at Scotchies in Ocho Rios

Jerk Chicken at Scotchies in Ocho Rios

Jerk is prepared the traditional way on pimento wood at Scotchies in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Andrew With the Queen of Rastafarian Ital Cuisine

Andrew With the Queen of Rastafarian Ital Cuisine

Andrew discusses his meal with Yvonne Hope, the queen of Rastafarian Ital cuisine. 960 1280

  

Jamaica's Hellshire Beach

Jamaica's Hellshire Beach

Bizarre Foods photogs Adrian and Dane film Hellshire Beach, located on the southeastern coast of Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Crab at Aunt Merle's Fish Shack

Crab at Aunt Merle's Fish Shack

Andrew shows off his crab at Aunt Merle's Fish Shack in Hellshire Beach, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Faith's Pen

Faith's Pen

The Bizarre Foods crew shoots a scene at Faith's Pen, a famous area that serves the most interesting food in Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Curried Tripe in Faith's Pen

Curried Tripe in Faith's Pen

Curried tripe with rice and beans is just one of several dishes served at a food shack in Faith's Pen. 960 1280

  

Food Crawl in Faith's Pen

Food Crawl in Faith's Pen

Andrew does a food crawl in Faith's Pen, where he finds this delicious pork dish ready to be served at a local food shack in Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Chicken, Plantains, Cassava and Fish at Faith's Pen

Chicken, Plantains, Cassava and Fish at Faith's Pen

At another food shack, owners display chicken, plantains, cassava, and fish consume, ready to be consumed by hungry customers. 960 1280

  

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A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

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Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce

Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce

In Naperville, IL, Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce ("Devil's Sweat") uses 3 types of ghost peppers. 960 1280

  

Dried cayenne pepper

Dried cayenne pepper

Dried cayenne pepper is a popular spice used to add “heat” to dishes. It is most commonly used in powder form. 960 1280

  

Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet

Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet

New Orleans Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet, serves up his signature dish: the spicy jambalaya omelette. 960 1280

  

habanero chili pepper

habanero chili pepper

The habanero chili pepper is considered exceptionally hot -- hotter than the popular jalapeno pepper, according to the Scoville heat unit scale. Unripe peppers are green and turn orange or red as they ripen. 960 1280

  

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Li'l Dizzy's Café in the Treme section of New Orleans, serves up some of the hottest Creole cuisine in the Big Easy. 960 1280

  

hot peppers

hot peppers

In 1912, Wilbur L. Scoville invented a technique to measure the pungency of a pepper. The scale ranges from 0 Scoville units for a bell pepper, to over 1,000,000 units for the super hot Bhut Jolokia. 960 1280

  

chicken wings

chicken wings

In addition to the XXX hot wings, Chicago’s Jake Melnick’s is also known for its 2011 Wing Fest champion Firecracker Wing and their “Best in Show,” the wood-fired Pancho wings. 960 1280

  

Tolbert's Restaurant outside Dallas serves up traditional Texas fare, including Paris (Texas) Fried Catfish. 960 1280

Fried Catfish  

Brick Lane Curry House

Brick Lane Curry House

In New York’s East Village, on East 6th Street (also known as Old Indian Row), a giant red pepper hangs ominously over the door to the Brick Lane Curry House as a warning to diners: Enter at Your Own Risk. 960 1280

  

vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish)

vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish)

As the mecca for all things curry, Brick Lane is known for preparing some of the hottest vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish) west of the Ganges. 960 1280

  

indian food

indian food

Courageous customers of Brick Lane are welcome to its blistering buffet of spicy Indian offerings. 960 1280

  

Phaal

Phaal

A sampling of Brick Lane’s hot curry dish called Phaal. 960 1280

  

Tucked underneath a parking structure in downtown Chicago is a hot wings haven called Jake's Melnick's Corner Tap. 960 1280

  

Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge

Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge

At LA’s Jitlada, the “Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge” consists of chicken, Thai eggplant, red bell pepper, whole baby peppercorns and sliced Thai chilies all doused in a pungent, chili-curry sauce. 960 1280

  

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake's offers an impressive beer selection and great food, but everyone comes for the wings. 960 1280

  

fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha

fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha

Jitlada's Chef Tui uses fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha -- a sauce made of pureed fresh chili and garlic -- to spice up their Thai dishes. 960 1280

  

Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

As 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

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Café Central, Vienna

Café Central, Vienna

A Viennese institution since 1876, this palatial coffeehouse has been a meeting place for some of the world’s greatest minds, from Sigmund Freud to Leon Trotsky. True to Viennese café culture, you’ll want to linger for hours in this grand café. 960 1280

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Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, Rome

Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, Rome

Founded 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

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La Cafeotheque, Paris

La Cafeotheque, Paris

While 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

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Winkel, Amsterdam

Winkel, Amsterdam

A 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

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Toma Café, Madrid

Toma Café, Madrid

To keep up with this high-energy city, you’ll need plenty of caffeine. The locals head to this tiny bustling café to refuel with favorites such as café con leche (espresso with milk) and alfajores (caramel biscuit sweet). 960 1280

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Kaffeine, London

Kaffeine, London

While 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

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Caffé Vita, Seattle

Caffé Vita, Seattle

Virtually 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

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Reslau, Auckland

Reslau, Auckland

New 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

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Double Tall, Japan

Double Tall, Japan

While 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

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Fried Chicken from Sylvia's in New York

Fried Chicken from Sylvia's in New York

Did 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
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Giant Cinammon Rolls at Lulu's in San Antonio

Giant Cinammon Rolls at Lulu's in San Antonio

Did 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
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Blueberry Blue from Tom and Chee in Kentucky

Blueberry Blue from Tom and Chee in Kentucky

Did 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
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BBQ Pulled-Pork Waffles at Waffles and Dinges in New York

BBQ Pulled-Pork Waffles at Waffles and Dinges in New York

Did 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
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The Hobo stuffed Potato from The Rack Shack

The Hobo stuffed Potato from The Rack Shack

Did 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
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Shrimp and Grits from Hominy Grill in Charlotte

Shrimp and Grits from Hominy Grill in Charlotte

Did 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
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Big Nasty Chicken and Biscuits

Big Nasty Chicken and Biscuits

Did 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
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