These DC-Area Bars and Restaurants Are Serving Up Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Nights

Over the past week, areas of the U.S. have clocked the kind of Winter temperature plummets that have caused school closures, workplace  delays, and led more than one news outlet to remark on how parts of the U.S. are officially (though with some caveats) colder than Mars. I’ve personally received more wind chill and snow emergency advisory texts from our local weather service in the past 48 hours than I did telephone calls from friends and family on my birthday.

To call the weather outside frightful is to understate matters to a hilarious degree, probably while shivering and regretting your decision not to stitch together a vest made out of piping hot toaster strudels to wear under your coat before leaving the house.

There’s some good news, though. With the winter chill comes a host of DC-area restaurants where cold souls can sip through a variety of cocktails to shepherd them back to a warm-blooded state. Here are a few places where you can come in and defrost for a spell the next time you’re out in the DC metro needing a hot drink to stave off hypothermia.

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All Set Restaurant & Bar has concocted a quintet of seasonal cocktails priced at $8 each to turn up the thermostat as the mercury drops. The establishment is serving a version of the classic All American Hot Toddy with lemon, mint-basil syrup, ginger syrup, Falernum, cinnamon whiskey, and Angostura bitters; the White Russian with vodka, Kahlúa, Baileys Irish Cream and milk, and three spiked coffee libations. Guests can opt for an Irish Coffee with Jameson’s, topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon; a Mexican Coffee with Kahlúa, tequila, and whipped cream; or Amaretto Coffee with hot coffee, amaretto and whipped cream, garnished with toasted sliced almonds.

Ambar Clarendon and its sister restaurant BABA are both offering a warm winter cocktail created with a nod to the Balkans this winter. Their Balkan Hot Toddy, made with Maraska Slivovitz (plum brandy), scotch whiskey, brown sugar cubes and lemon juice. There’s also an Irish Coffee option made with Irish whiskey, regular coffee, brown sugar cube and lightly whipped heavy cream, or a Mulled Wine with red wine, oranges, and various mulling spices. These cocktails bring the heat for $10 to $11.

A tempting warming cocktail has joined the menu at the Blue Duck Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington. $18 will get you a Blitzen Hot Toddy that brings together chai-infused Aquavit, saffron water, yellow chartreuse, Four Roses bourbon, black sesame honey, simple syrup and lemon juice.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is offering a special $5 warmer cocktail on its menu this season: the Café Cuba Libre with Cuban coffee, steamed coconut milk and whole milk. Those seeking to spice up their lives a little can take it with a shot of spiced rum added for an additional $3.

Le DeSales, located in the heart of Golden Triangle, is offering the Le Toddy on its cocktail menu through the month of January. Priced at $7, the drink is made from a combination of turmeric-ginger tea, cloves, nutmeg, lemon juice, maple syrup, Cointreau, James E. Pepper “1776” rye whiskey and Amaro.  This libation is not only tasty, but offers some health benefit too, with turmeric being a natural anti-inflammatory compound.

Legal Sea Foods is offering two hot libation options as defense against the coldest winter nights. Guests can sip on a Mexican Coffee made with Patrón XO Café, cinnamon, coffee and whipped cream, or opt for a classic Hot Toddy crafted with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, honey, lemon and cloves. Cocktail price runs between $9 and $10, and the drinks are available throughout the winter months at all four of its Washington, DC-area locations.

Family-owned Reston, Virgnia eatery Red’s Table has a warm cocktail on its menu throughout the frigid season called the Hot Scotty. Made with Glenmorangie whiskey, orange-chamomile simple syrup, clove, and lemon.

For reservations or more information about these establishments and their Winter-themed drink offerings, here’s where to find them:

All Set Restaurant & Bar
8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, Maryland
(301) 495-8800

Ambar Clarendon/BABA
2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
(703) 875-9663
(703) 312-7978

Blue Duck Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington
24th and M Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
(202) 419-6755

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
801 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
(202) 408-1600

Le DeSales
Golden Triangle at 1725 DeSales Street NW, Washington, D.C.
(202) 506-6856

Legal Sea Foods
704 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 347-0007
Tysons Galleria in Mclean, VA (703) 827-8900
2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Crystal City, Arlington, VA (703) 415-1200
National Hall at Ronald Reagan National Airport (571) 551-5988

Red’s Table
11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA
(571) 375-7755

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