5 Winter Drinks To Try Now

When the cold finally arrives, these boozy beverages will keep you warm.

Our recent spate of warm weather tempts us to imagine standing on a sun-swept rooftop, sampling all manner of mojitos, margaritas and other citrusy concoctions starting with “m.”

Alas, Punxsutawney Phil supposedly saw his shadow last week, which means that we’re in for six more weeks of this cold, wet, dark thing called winter. Which we expect to arrive any day now. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier to endure with some of NoVa’s best warm cocktails, whipped up with ingredients like cocoa, cinnamon and tea.

Oh, and whiskey. Definitely whiskey.

Photo courtesy of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

Captain Chai at Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

Your afternoon pick-me-up just got a little more interesting with this warmer that’s a little bit chai, a little bit latte, and a whole lot of rum and whipped cream. Let’s see Starbucks try to pull that off.

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington

Photo courtesy of Pepita Cantina

Mexican Hot Chocolate at Pepita Cantina

If you’re not actually headed to Mexico this winter, here’s your stand-in: milk, chocolate abuelita, cayenne pepper, vanilla paste and coconut cream. You can get it non-alcoholic, or with a shot of mezcal or silver tequila added. They just seem like they belong in there.

Pepita Cantina, 4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

The Cure at Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

Warning: this cocktail’s curative properties have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Still, whatever may ail you, trying it certainly couldn’t hurt. Right? In it, you’ll find Old Overholt rye, spiced honey syrup, lemon and green tea.

Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City1250 S Hayes St., Arlington

Photo courtesy of Copperwood Tavern

Copperwood Cocoa at Copperwood Tavern

This mug o’ warmth from the Shirlington stalwart checks just about every winter drinking box: House-blended cocoa? Check. Nutty amaretto liqueur? Check. Virginia’s own Kopper Kettle Whiskey? Check. Toasted homemade marshmallow? Yep. A table near the fire to sip it? You bet.

Copperwood Tavern, 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington

Photo courtesy of 2941 Restaurant

Winter Spiced Cider at 2941 Restaurant

If you thought you might get through this list without cider making an appearance, you thought wrong. 2941 Restaurant is turning out a house-spiced cider with dark rum and spiced Chantilly cream. Which sounds a lot better than “whipped cream.”

2914 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church



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