With temperatures continuing to fall, it’s time to make hot cocktails a part of our evenings. Whether it’s mulled wine, apple cider or a hot toddy, the bars listed below are sure to provide you with a beverage to help keep you warm this winter.
1052 N. Hancock St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Emmanuelle, a craft cocktail bar in Northern Liberties, has a few hot cocktails and toddies. Among them are its specialty cocktails, the “Slow Boil” and the “Hot Sicilian Widow.” These hot toddies are made with boiling water and rum or rye whiskey along with flavors such as cinnamon or honey and Emmanuelle’s house-made syrups. Emmanuelle was started by Tommy Up, who owns the famous burger joint PYT (also in Northern Liberties) and focuses on continuously making innovative cocktails. The ambiance is reminiscent of a speakeasy, and a live jazz band often comes in to perform.
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1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Frankford Hall is a German beer garden in Fishtown complete with wooden picnic tables, heat lamps, fire pits and games (Jenga and Ping Pong!). This Stephen Starr restaurant offers two hot drinks – mulled wine and hot apple cider. Add Schnapps to your cider or try the mulled wine, which is heated red wine made with spices. Both cocktails will keep you warm on a cold day, and they pair perfectly with one of Frankford Hall’s burgers or famous Bavarian pretzels.
2301 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Located in the Art Museum District, London Grill serves a variety of hot drinks. Choose from one of its three hot toddies (the Classic, Extreme or Pumpkin) or the hot apple cider (with cinnamon rum). Another hot drink offered is the Hot Apple Pie, which is a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla brandy. Looking for something a little different? Try London Grill’s mulled wine (red wine heated and spiced). This casual bar also has a full menu of American cuisine.
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121 S. 17th St.
Philadelphi, PA 19103
With Jacques Bezuidenhout as master mixologist and Chauncey Scates behind the bar, Square 1682 takes great pride in crafting its signature cocktails. The bar serves six different hot toddies (made with bourbon and hot water), and a few feature seasonal ingredients (cinnamon or ginger, for example). Or choose hot toddy No. 6 (hot water, honey, chamomile citrus tea, Buffalo Trace bourbon) to warm you up from the inside out. Square 1682 calls Rittenhouse Square home, and along with its extensive beverage list, the restaurant prepares excellent American cuisine using only the freshest ingredients.
118 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Village Whiskey is a tiny bar and restaurant near Rittenhouse Square. As the name might suggest, this Jose Garces restaurant pours a variety of whiskeys (with over 80 lined up behind its bar), but if you’re looking for something warm, try its specialty cocktail, the “Harvest Moon.” Warm spiced cider, honey and apple brandy make up the drink, and it is truly delicious. The menu is just as impressive as the drinks though, with Iron Chef Garces behind it. Pair your hot beverage with one of Village Whiskey’s burgers for an especially comforting night.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.