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Dec 24, 2009 12:21 PM

Hot winter beverages?

I keep coming up with Brooklyn options, but none for Manhattan.

Who makes a good warm seasonal drink?

It doesn't have to be alcohol based although that would be my preference. There must be somewhere to get a Hot Toddy without the Lipton aftertaste. I'm also not terribly interested in hot chocolate, unless there's a fresh seasonal spin to it. If possible, please include prices. Looking forward to all the suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. I had an excellent Hot Toddy at Prune before my meal there on Monday. Very sweet, but big-flavored, lemon-y, comforting, with a nice kick.

    And they serve them Ball canning jars. How cute.

    1. Eggnog: Momofuku Ssam Bar (if they have them that night), Maialino
      Hot toddy: Little Branch
      Tom & Jerry: Bar Henry, Pegu Club (they said they'd be starting to serve them again soon)
      Spiked hot chocolate: Mayahuel
      Spiked apple cider: Fanelli’s Café, Little Branch, L’Artusi

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        1. Lipton aftertaste? Far as I know, a toddy is just whiskey and hot water with lemon, cloves, and maybe a cinnamon stick. I've had it most recently at Tavern on Jane in Manhattan and at the Waterfront Ale House in Bklyn, but any bartender should be able to make it.

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          1. re: efdee

            Some recipes call for tea. One review of Schoolbred's described their poor choice of tea.

            Waterfront sounds like a good suggestion. A lot of places will wing it if you ask for a hot drink, but the results are usually pretty awful.

          2. Remembered reading about this last year; have not had a chance to make it there and try it out yet, so can't say whether these are truly great drinks or whether it's more fluff than substance. Definitely something that seems like it belongs in wd-50 or something:

            1. Updates for 2010

              LA Burdick, Gramercy Tavern, The Redhead, Huckleberry Bar, Mayahuel, & Black Market all serve spiked hot chocolate.

              There's a Tom & Ginger (take off on a Tom & Jerry) on the menu at PDT right now and a hot toddy.

              Hot Port Sangaree and Tom & Jerrys are Pegu Club.

              Glögg at Flatiron Lounge/Clover Club.

              Ward 3 has bourbon spiked cider and hot toddies.

              Hot tiki drinks at Painkiller -- hot zombie, hot mai tai, coffee grog, spiked cider, hot buttered rum.

              Spiked apple cider and hot buttered rum/brandys at Little Branch and Dutch Kills.

              Hot buttered rye at Rye in Williamsburg.

              Eleven Madison Park - spiked hot cider, spiked hot chocolate, hot toddy, hot buttered rum

              Peels - spiked hot chocolate, spiked hot chai, hot buttered scotch

              El Cobre - spiked apple cider, spiked coffee, "french toast" buttered rum, spiked hot chocolate

              Eleven Madison Park
              11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

              Gramercy Tavern
              42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

              Little Branch
              22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

              Pegu Club
              77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

              304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

              Black Market
              110 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              El Cobre
              95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009