Irish Coffee, Buena Vista Café, San Francisco
Back in 1952, Buena Vista Café’s then owner Jack Koeppler and international travel writer Stanton Delaplane collaborated to bring the Irish coffee tradition to the United States. The famed café’s Irish coffee recipe remains the same to this day: a pre-heated glass filled with hot coffee, sugar and a jigger of Irish whiskey to taste with lashings of lightly whipped cream on top.
Czech Toddy, L’Abattoir, Vancouver
Head Barman Shaun Layton is keeping L’Abattoir’s patrons toasty this winter with his hot Czech Toddy. With a generous pour of Laird’s Applejack (an apple brandy blend), Becherovka herbal bitters, a dash of honey, lemon peel and cloves, this bone-heating beverage is finished with a sprinkle of shaved nutmeg on top. “It’s like Christmas cake in a glass,” says Layton.
Mulled Wine, The Spotted Pig, New York
Whether you know it as mulled wine, vin chaud, glühwein or glögg, sipping this winter favourite is a sure-fire way to warm up on a chilly winter’s eve. Helmed by April Bloomfield, Michelin-starred gastro pub The Spotted Pig serves up a spicy brew combining several red wines with cognac and mulled spices including cloves, cinnamon and chili.
Camp Fire Delight, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
After a quick zip around The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan, hang up your skates and head to the bar for a Camp Fire Delight, just one of many winter warming drinks on the menu. The Camp Fire Delight combines Patron XO dark cocoa, toasted marshmallow syrup, cream de cacao, cream, RumChata and flaming marshmallows on top. It’s basically a s’more in a glass.
Hot Chocolate, Rousseau Chocolatier, Halifax
If you want authentic hot chocolate, then head to Halifax. Formally a stand at Halifax’s Historic Farmers’ Market, Rousseau Chocolatier evolved into a permanent spot in downtown Halifax earlier this year. Here, Chocolatier Rousseau-Dumarcet and his partner Nathalie Morin serve up their rich and frothy House Hot Chocolate, made with melted dark Belgian chocolate, a hint of white chocolate, fresh milk and cream. Buy a drink and sample three of their handmade chocolates for $3.
Hot Buttered Rum, Scofflaw, Chicago
Each year this neighbourhood craft cocktail bar serves up a collection of heated drinks to take the edge off the harsh Chicago chill. Scofflaw’s Hot Buttered Rum—created by former bartender Griffin Elliott—is a winter tradition that mixes Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Banks Golden Aged Rum, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and of course a hearty knob of butter.