Boston bars are raising a glass to winter with all the best cold-weather ingredients, like whiskey, citrus, cinnamon and maple. They’re kicking up your standard hot chocolates and coffees with added buzz, and shaking up peppermint schnapps and eggnog concoctions to get you in the spirits.
Area Four Boston
264 East Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02118 857-317-4805
Area Four has holiday cheer on tap, literally—the South End location keeps cocktails on draft for fresh and festive imbibery, like the Shrubbery!, made with Citadelle gin, seasonal shrub and elderflower.
Area Four Cambridge
500 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 617-758-4444
Coppa pours one out to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with The Uncle Eddie, a raucous mix of eggnog, Jelinek Fernet, Yellow Chartreuse and St. George coffee liqueur — making holidays with the relatives that much more bearable.
Davio's Boston ups the ante on hot chocolate with spicy, smoky additions. A medley of flavors - tamarind, cinnamon, clove, star anise, sweet smoked paprika and tumeric - play nice with chocolate and bold mezcal.
Davio’s – Lynnfield
1250 Market Street Lynnfield, MA 01940 781-944-4810
Live the luxe life at L'Andana with a bubbly toast to the winter season. The Lux pairs up Prosecco with Luxardo Amaro Abano, an Italian digestivo infused with herbs like caradamom, cinnamon and bitter orange.
Run, run, as fast as you can to Rosebud where they're giving their weekly shakes holiday makeovers. The bourbon-boosted dessert sips rotate flavors, like spiked eggnog or gingerbread topped with whipped cream and inventive garnishes.
The Smoke Shop – Kendall Sq.
1 Kendall Square #100 Cambridge, MA 02139 617-577-7427
Tamo offers a trio of toddies to fend off the chill in the air, each made with honey gathered from the Seaport Hotel's rooftop bee hives. The hot whiskey concoctions come in traditional (with honey, lemon and cloves), spicy (with Sriracha-infused honey and dried pepper), or sweet (with cinnamon-infused honey and a cinnamon stick) variations.
90 N Washington Street Boston, MA 02114 617-823-4478