The best winter cocktails in Sydney

Baby, it's cold outside! Let these winter drinks get you toasty (and a little toasted) while we wait for the thaw
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A cold glass of cider has the potential to stem a force five hangover, but in the depths of Sydney's (admittedly short) winter, a hot cocktail makes a night on the town a welcoming prospect, especially if it means nursing a mulled cider, Blazer or Hot Toddy. (Think of them as nature's cold and flu medicine!) So embrace winter boozing and get your mittens on a hot drink that will provide a bigger kick than your standard cuppa.

Bars

Arcadia Liquors

icon-location-pin Redfern
There are few nights we don't want to spend propping up the bar at this cracking neighbourhood haunt in Redfern. The smell of their mulled cider perfumes the air, and for eight dollars a cup it's the perfect foil for a wintry night.
Bars, Craft beer

The Bank Hotel

icon-location-pin Newtown
Head downstairs to the sunken courtyard, where the heaters are cranking and they're dishing up honey mead for seven bucks a pop to warm the cockles of your heart.
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Bars, Pubs

Dove and Olive

icon-location-pin Surry Hills
A hot drink is like a hot water bottle you wear on the inside. So rug up with a mulled cider fortified with spiced rum and cloves, or a Hot Toddy made with bourbon, honey, lemon, hot water and cinnamon. 
Bars, Cocktail bars

Eau de Vie

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst
Drop some cash on a winter-busting cocktail from Eau De Vie. Their Blazer is $24 and stars Ron Zacapa rum flamed with Pedro Ximenez sherry and a dash of bitters. 
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Bars, Pubs

The Henson

icon-location-pin Marrickville

Marrickville's most family-friendly hotel is also one of its most winter ready. They're serving a up mulled cider, brewed with cinnamon, clove, aniseed and orange, and comes with a cinnamon and sugar rim. 

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Bars

The Push

icon-location-pin The Rocks

This Rocks bar will be pushing out Hot-Shot Toddys with Bulleit Bourbon, Dom Benedictine, tannic black tea, sweet honey syrup, peychauds bitters, lemon and star anise. You can also try a sweet Sybil’s Irish Coffee with Drambuie, Baileys, espresso, hot milk and chocolate.

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Bars, Pubs

The Newport

icon-location-pin Newport

The waterfront location may not scream 'winter' but the Newport still knows how to heat things up for the season. You'll find mulled wine, plus firepits and plenty of outdoor heaters to keep you warm.

Bars, Pubs

Hotel Hollywood

icon-location-pin Surry Hills
You may associate this old dame with hot, sticky nights and cold lagers, but she'll also provide some warming hospitality this winter thanks to mulled wine on the menu.
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Bars, Craft beer

Keg and Brew

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

The mulled cider here is a bargain at only $6.50. Add in some hot wings and a burger and you've got a cosy pub night out.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Lobo Plantation

icon-location-pin Sydney

Pretend you are in the tropics and order up a Boarding Call Blazer at Lobo. It comes served warm in a mini suitcase a mixes up rum, whisky and Amara, making for a seriously boozy and warming number.

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