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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The Bizarre Foods production crew grabs a few shots outside John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern points out a personal favorite at Chocolate by Mueller in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew demonstrates the proper way to hold a 40-lb. snapping turtle in Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

The crew films Philly's skyline from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts -- made famous in the movie Rocky. 960 1280

  

Andrew tastes bigos -- a traditional Polish stew -- at Czerw's Kielbasy in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew pulls a rack of sausage links out of the old-school smokehouse at Czerw's Kielbasy. 960 1280

  

Chef Masaharu Morimoto shows Andrew how to prepare a signature dish at Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and John Bucci, owner of John's Roast Pork, share a cheesesteak in South Philly. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu films 4 snarling, snapping turtles near the small town of Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu gets an establishing shot of Philadelphia's Italian Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Delmar Anthony prepare a pot of snapping-turtle soup by carving up meat in Drums, PA. 960 1280

  

Andrew and the crew watch snapper expert Delmar Anthony artfully prepare a dish using snapping turtle. 960 1280

  

In White Haven, PA, Andrew adds a key ingredient -- a pig's head -- to a boiling cauldron of scrapple, a loaf made of cornmeal and pig scraps. 960 1280

  

Andrew talks to the camera in front of the tomb where John the Baptist's head is kept in Syria. 960 1280

  

Walking through the ruins in Palmyra at sunset is a must. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Luke Logan gets some shots of the locals. 960 1280

  

A man carefully sets up a display of fruits and vegetables at a souk (aka market) in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Andrew prepares for a camel ride with some Bedouins. 960 1280

  

Andrew explores a souk and checks out a colorful display of dried fruit in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Men and women walk to the Umayyad Mosque for a call to prayer in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples omelets from King of Ejja in Aleppo. 960 1280

  

Jockeys prepare for a camel race in Palmyra. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples an Abu Shaker juice drink topped with fruit, sweetened cheese, cookies and nuts. 960 1280

  

A cameraman films Andrew Zimmern near the Chicago River. On this trip to the Windy City, Andrew discovers some of the best food in the world. 960 1280

  

Andrew visits George's Kabab Grill in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Andrew eats pacha, an Iraqi stew made with lamb-stomach dumplings, lamb trotters, stewed head and dried mint. 960 1280

  

A butcher prepares several hogs each day to stock the deli counter at Gene's Sausage on Belmont Avenue. 960 1280

  

Andrew stops at Rick Bayless' XOCO, a quick-service restaurant inspired by the Mexican street-food scene. 960 1280

  

Ruby's Fast Food has a variety of tasty Filipino delicacies on their menu. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Franks 'N' Dawgs' tur-dawgen, a turkey and date sausage topped with crispy duck confit, herb garlic aioli, house-pickled onion relish and pickled carrot. 960 1280

  

At George's Kabab Grill, Masma Jajou shows Andrew how to make lamb-stomach dumplings, a key ingredient in pacha. 960 1280

  

This boiled pig head is made into head cheese at Chicago's Mado Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples this delicious cheddar risotto bratwurst with beer-braised onions and cheese snack crackers. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Alinea Restaurant's famous sardine antenna made with country bread, yellow tomato, sardine poached in olive oil and aromatics, horseradish, red chili flakes, fried caper, and arugula flower. 960 1280

  

Andrew and Rick Bayless try mango chili and guava ice cream at Maxwell Street Market. 960 1280

  

Graham Elliot's foielipops are made with foie mousse, fleur de sel and strawberry pop rocks. 960 1280

  

The Bizarre Foods production crew films at Graham Elliot's restaurant, where having fun while creating whimsical dishes is required. 960 1280

  

Visit Alinea Restaurant to pick up this unique dish. It's English pea paired with iberico ham, burrata cheese, honeydew melon and sherry wine. 960 1280

  

Be sure to try the stewed goat at XOCO in Chicago. 960 1280

  

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Haut Bay Market

Haut Bay Market

Lamb stew is on the menu at the Haut Bay Market outside Cape Town in South Africa. 960 1280

  

Cape Town

Cape Town

Snoek is a cheap, plentiful and popular local fish in Cape Town. 960 1280

  

Celebrity chef Reuben Riffle

Celebrity chef Reuben Riffle

Celebrity chef Reuben Riffle about to take on the massive local sandwich called 'The Gatsby" in Cape Town. 960 1280

  

Indian “chaats” or snacks

Indian “chaats” or snacks

Indian “chaats” or snacks are lined up for sale at a street-eat spot in Old Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. 960 1280

  

Dubai food blogger Arva Ahme

Dubai food blogger Arva Ahme

Dubai food blogger Arva Ahmed samples a variety of chaats. 960 1280

  

A plate of fresh-baked “kulcha”

A plate of fresh-baked “kulcha”

A plate of fresh-baked “kulcha” at Kulcha King, a popular hot spot in Bur Dubai. 960 1280

  

Old Dubai

Old Dubai

A visit to Old Dubai is like taking a trip into the past. 960 1280

  

Food guide Abdelkrim Raddadi

Food guide Abdelkrim Raddadi

Food guide Abdelkrim Raddadi samples skewers of goat throat and liver at the Asni Mountain Market outside Marrakech, Morocco. 960 1280

  

Asni Mountain Market

Asni Mountain Market

Fresh donuts cooked in olive oil for sale at the Asni Mountain Market outside Marrakech. 960 1280

  

Beef and chicken skewers

Beef and chicken skewers

Beef and chicken skewers with a spicy peanut sauce for sale outside a mosque in Accra, Ghana. 960 1280

  

A woman makes corn pancakes

A woman makes corn pancakes

A woman makes corn pancakes on a street filled with food vendors in the Muslim Quarter of Accra. 960 1280

  

A bowl of “fufu"

A bowl of “fufu"

A bowl of “fufu,” Ghana's popular, but spicy, dish. 960 1280

  

Accra, Ghana

Accra, Ghana

US student Avery Segal studies local cuisine with Charity Ziddah in Accra. 960 1280

  

Fresh-baked kaek

Fresh-baked kaek

Fresh-baked kaek is the morning street eat ritual in Amman, Jordan. 960 1280

  

A morning breakfast tray in Amman

A morning breakfast tray in Amman

A morning breakfast tray on a street in Amman includes fried liver, hummus and an omelet. 960 1280

  

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With options that include a Fish & Grapes taco, Komodo is not your typical taco truck. 960 1280

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The Dim Sum Truck carts tasty Chinese snacks around Los Angeles. 960 1280

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The Slice Truck is LA's roving pizza mobile that serves individual slices and whole pies. 960 1280

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Expand your culinary horizons with some South Indian street food from the DOSAtruck. 960 1280

Angela María Ortíz S.  

Don Chow serves fusion tacos blending the best of Chinese and Mexican fare. 960 1280

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The Nom Nom Truck brings a taste of Vietnam to West Angeles with its signature 'Banh Mi' sandwich. 960 1280

  

Coolhaus is a converted postal van that serves up ice-cream nirvana. 960 1280

Coolhaus  

Start your day off right at the Buttermilk Truck, which serves breakfast goodies including fluffy buttermilk pancake bites 960 1280

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French fries rise from the ranks of side dish to become the main course on the Frysmith truck. 960 1280

  

You won't know you're craving a Korean Mexican taco until you taste the goodness of spicy pork tacos from Kogi Truck. 960 1280

photo by Eric Shin  

Fried Pies

Fried Pies

Take a big ole bite out of a tantalizing fruit-filled fried pie -- and we don’t mean the McDonald’s kind. Tennesseans have been wrapping apples, peaches and berries in pie crust and deep-frying it for years, and they know how to do it right. 960 1280

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Sweet tea

Sweet tea

No Southern meal is complete without a glass of sweet tea. Iced tea sweetened with plenty of sugar is standard in the South, so consider this your warning if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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RC Cola and Moon Pie

RC Cola and Moon Pie

First invented at Chattanooga Bakery, moon pies are a Tennessee tradition. In the 1950s stores began selling moon pies and RC Cola together. The combination was the inspiration for the ’50s hit “Gimme an RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” as well as the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.
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Country ham

Country ham

Country ham is arguably Tennessee’s most famous delicacy. The hams are salt-cured and served boiled, broiled or fried, and give Virginia’s Smithfield hams a run for their money. 960 1280

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Fried catfish

Fried catfish

Tennesseans also love their fried catfish, a popular Southern specialty that’s often served with hush puppies -- little balls of fried cornmeal. 960 1280

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Stack cake

Stack cake

An Appalachian specialty, stack cake is made of thin layers of cake with an apple filling between each. Legend has it that the cakes were originally a wedding tradition -- guests would each bring a layer, and the number of layers represented the popularity of the bride. 960 1280

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The official fruit of Tennessee, tomatoes grow particularly well in the state’s soil and sun. 960 1280

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Memphis Ribs

Memphis Ribs

You can’t visit Tennessee without a big ole plate of Memphis barbecue, distinctive for its flavorful dry rub rather than the usual messy sauce. 960 1280

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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Tennessee is also home to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey; the famous spirit has been distilled and bottled in Lynchburg, TN, since 1875. 960 1280

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Baked beans

Baked beans

Bush’s Original Baked Beans also have their roots in Tennessee, but don’t bother asking for the recipe -- it has remained a closely-guarded family secret since the 1930s. 960 1280

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Biscuits and red-eye gravy

Biscuits and red-eye gravy

The perfect accompaniment to Tennessee country ham is a spread of biscuits and red-eye gravy -- a sauce made from a mixture of ham drippings and coffee. 960 1280

Kevin O’Mara  

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