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The 12 best hot cocktails to drink in NYC right now

Sip warm drinks outside and in from now through spring.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Though we’ll drink icy martinis and frozen cocktails all year long, there’s something especially festive about a hot drink when the days are shorter and the temperature drops. While you can always tip some booze into your instant hot chocolate at home, it's also nice to have someone else whip up something even better. Here’s where to sip the best hot cocktails in NYC this winter. 

NYC hot cocktails

  • Cocktail bars
  • Harlem
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The Honey Well’s subterranean space is especially cozy this time of year, and some of its warmth is generated by flaming cocktails. Its Hot Thotty, however, is a toasty tipple without the fire, made with lemon juice, hibiscus agave, honeybush tea-infused bourbon, cinnamon and orange-infused water and a cinnamon stick or lemon wheel for garnish. 

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Greenwich Village
  • price 2 of 4

Oft-lauded Dante frequently appears on local, national and global best-of lists. It’s also simultaneously known for a lot of different things, depending who you ask, including negronis, martinis and hot cocktails. We’re partial to the hot buttered rum, with allspice, amontillado, and English breakfast tea.

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  • South Slope

Good Judy has two hot options to choose from this season: Hot cider with bourbon or rum, spiced with cardamom, allspice, cinnamon and cloves, and hot toddies with bourbon or rum, with housemade honey syrup and clove-studded lemon. Sip ‘em around the bar on the ground floor, up in the piano lounge or out on the patio before it gets too cold. 

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 2 of 4

This fun one from Leyenda is a (monster) mash of two classic drinks. It's made with rum, pineapple, passion fruit, honey and lime. Sip it inside if you can nab a seat in the popular spot, or get some fresh air at one of its two outdoor spaces.

  • Beer bars
  • Astoria
  • price 2 of 4

One of Astoria’s best bars for more than a decade, Sweet Afton has a hot mulled apple cider with bourbon, spiced rum or apple jack brandy to toast to the season. Its photogenic enclosed garden’s retractable roof evokes outside vibes without having to fully commit to the bit.

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Financial District
  • price 2 of 4

Of course an Irish bar that also happens to be one of NYC’s most honored would have an excellent Irish coffee–and be so bold as to name it ‘World Famous.’ Dead Rabbit’s World Famous Irish Coffee mixes java, demerara sugar, a whiskey blend and freshly whipped cream for an intoxicating jolt of caffeine much more delicious than any espresso martini. 

  • Upper East Side

The ever-changing backyard at Schaller & Weber on the Upper East Side has shifted for the season once more, back into wintery ski lodge form. Hütte has also reintroduced two glühwein varieties for the occasion: A red mulled wine with star anise, cinnamon and cloves, and a white, with cloves, orange, apple and star anise. 

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  • Hotel bars
  • Midtown East
  • price 2 of 4
The Fellow at The Bar Downstairs & Kitchen
The Fellow at The Bar Downstairs & Kitchen

The speakeasy-themed restaurant and bar below the Andaz hotel recently reopened with new cocktails on its menu. Fashioned after the Mexican hot chocolate, The Bar Downstairs & Kitchen’s The Fellow includes tequila or mezcal, chile liqueur, house-made cocoa mix and oat milk with peppermint foam on top.

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