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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. By Ben Chapple and Emily Lloyd-Tait

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.

Arcadia Liquors

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.

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Redfern

The Bank Hotel

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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Newtown

Dove and Olive

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. 

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Surry Hills
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Eau de Vie

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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Darlinghurst

The Henson

Marrickville's most family-friendly hotel is also one of its most winter ready, with mulled cider, mulled wine and an Irish Hot Toddy that'll cure what ails ye.

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Marrickville

The Hero of Waterloo

You don't get to 170 years old without learning how to battle winter and win. So head to this old war horse, which is all about the hot drinks – and as a bonus, they'll put any whisky you want in your Hot Toddy.

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Millers Point
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Hotel Hollywood

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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Surry Hills

Keg and Brew

The mulled cider is $9 while the Hot Toddy, made with whisky, lemon, honey, and cinnamon is $15. And both sound like the most enjoyable way we can imagine to ward off a cold. 

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Surry Hills

Lobo Plantation

Pretend you are in the tropics and order up a Cigar Box Blazer at Lobo, which is served warm in a cigar box and features Matusalem rum, cacao, sugar syrup and chocolate bitters, with an orange and lemon twist and a cinnamon quill for a decorative flourish. 

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Sydney
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Neighbourhood

Bondi's cosy local does a twenty-buck Blazer that starts with a rum base and then adds spiced butter and cherry-infused port, plus a lug of hot water so you can sit on it for awhile.

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Bondi Beach

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