Hot Cocktails

11 must-try hot cocktails for staying toasty warm when it gets cold outside

11 must-try hot cocktails for staying toasty warm when it's cold out

Houston, Etoile, December 2015, Mulled Pomegranate Tea
Etoile Cuisine et Bar welcomes chilly guests with the mulled pomegranate tea.  Courtesy photo
Houston, Vallones, December 2015, Alpine Martini
Take the edge off with the Alpine Martini at Vallone's. Courtesy photo
Houston, Paul's Kitchen, december 2015, hot apple pie toddy
The Hot Apple Pie Toddy at Paul's Kitchen will keep you warm enough to grab an alfresco seat on the patio. Photo by Davelyn Pacheco
Houston, Anvil, Decemeber 2015, Irish coffe
Don't skip the Irish Coffee at Anvil Bar & Refuge. Photo by Alex Negranza
Houston, Etoile, December 2015, Mulled Pomegranate Tea
Houston, Vallones, December 2015, Alpine Martini
Houston, Paul's Kitchen, december 2015, hot apple pie toddy
Houston, Anvil, Decemeber 2015, Irish coffe

With temperatures plummeting, we've decided to warm things up with a list of hot and boozy drinks for staying toasty this season. From spirited coffee to an adult hot chocolate, below is your guide to 11 must-try hot cocktails. 

Irish Coffee, Anvil Bar & Refuge

Coffee by prolific local roasters Greenway Coffee & Tea and 12-year Irish whiskey meet sweet turbinado sugar and a rich herbal liqueur whipped cream in this tall glass of boozy java.

Mulled Pomegranate Tea, Etoile Cuisine et Bar

The popular French restaurant at Uptown Park welcomes chilly guests with a killer combination of Earl Grey tea, mulled pomegranate juice and port-finished single malt Scotch whisky, all garnished with a clementine slice, pomegranate seeds, cloves, an apple slice and toasted almonds. 

Alpine Martini, Vallone's

Take the edge off with the wintry martini, made with vanilla white chocolate liqueur, a cinnamon-sugar rim and a floating marinated hibiscus flower, at the Gateway Memorial City steakhouse. 

Southern Hot Chocolate, Mockingbird Bistro

Forget regular ‘ole hot chocolate: a tasty mix of pecan vodka, rum and Mexican-style hot chocolate can be yours at the quaint Montrose spot.

3B Hot Toddybenjy's 

The Rice Village locale of the innovative New American spot boasts a roster of fun cocktails, including this standout hot toddy. Just what the doctor ordered, barrel-aged bourbon, laced with local honey and rimmed with shaved nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon will certainly cure whatever ails you.

Cafe Boom Boom, Prego

The next time you visit Rice Village Italian bistro, Prego, ask for the off-menu Cafe Boom Boom. Espresso and steamed milk spiked with herb-flavored liqueur, cream liqueur and almond-flavored Italian liqueur will warm your bones. 

Hot Apple Pie Toddy, Paul's Kitchen

Garnished with clove studded apple slices, the cold-weather drink at the Upper Kirby restaurant will keep you warm enough to grab an alfresco seat on the patio. Amped-up whisky, featuring pie-flavored liqueur, is joined by honey, lemon juice and clove-infused hot water. 

A Night in Hokkaido, Izakaya

This sake bomb at casual Japanese pub, Izakaya in Midtown, features sesame-infused whiskey, honey and clove. 

Willard Taft, Coltivare

Three types of liquor (yellow French liqueur, apple brandy, Italian herbal liqueur) and lemon make up the potent tipple at casual Italian hotspot in The Heights. 

Irish Blanket, Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

One sip of this potent beverage is all it takes to soothe you after a long day. Irish whisky, Spanish liqueur and cacao (chocolate bean) flavored liqueur meet coffee and mint flavored liqueur shavings. 

Revolve Toddy, Revolve Kitchen + Bar

This stiff toddy marries bourbon with pear nectar, fresh ginger, honey and lemon at the restaurant tucked inside The Galleria-area Hotel Derek.