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Balmy, Boozy Beverages

Wintertime brings depressing weather, sickness, and expensive heating bills. Most people can't wait for it to end. There is, however, one light in this cold tunnel — hot cocktails.

Whether it’s a stubborn cough or a broken heart, there are few things a steamy, spiked beverage can’t cure. Even though the sun's been poking its beautiful face out every now and then, we know that the weather is as unpredictable as Lady Gaga's next outfit decision. Since there are undoubtedly a slew of cold nights ahead, arm yourself with this list of hot and boozy drinks to keep you toasty all winter long.

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Tequila at The Slanted Door
Hot Chocolate is good and tequila is great, mix them together and you've got cocktail heaven. The folks at The Slanted Door combine Valrhona chocolate and El Tesoro Reposado with Cointreau, and top it off with a green Chartreuse marshmallow for their spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate. It's the perfect multi-cultural finish to a delicious meal of French-Vietnamese food.

Hot Buttered Rum at Smuggler's Cove
Butter makes everything better, especially booze. Inspired by the first ever Hot Buttered Rum recipe in 1862 from the Jerry Thomas Bar-Tender’s Guide, Smuggler's Cove makes one of the meanest HBRs in the city. They tenderly mix their Private Reserve rum and secret house-made batter for a cup of warm buttery bliss.

Kentucky Pilgrim at Elixir
Elixir changes its menu for each season. The latest addition to the winter menu, The Kentucky Pilgrim is a blend of smooth bourbon with cardamom, cinnamon, dried cranberries, maraschino, lemon, and demerara syrup. It's the perfect sweet finish to a cold winter night.

Hot Toddy at Blackbird
The classic cold weather cocktail, hot toddies are Mother Nature's gift to those with a sore throat. Blackbird Bar in the Castro serves up a classic, warm rendition that’ll keep you cozy and your throat clear on the coldest of nights. Not only is their Toddy the perfect balance of hot water and booze, but they also add a cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise.

Mulled Wine at Suppenküche
Germans know a thing or two about keeping warm and alcohol. That being said, it's no surprise that Suppenküche in Hayes Valley serves the best mulled wine in the city. Called, gluwein, German for "glow wine," Suppenküche's version is the perfect blend of thick spice with plenty of kick. This addictive elixir is a seasonal specialty so head there before spring.

Hot Chocolate at CocoaBella Chocolates
For the non booze-drinkers, there's nothing quite as belly-warming as a hot cup of delicious sweet chocolate. Ordering hot chocolate at Cocoa Bella is not for the faint of heart. First, choose your chocolate, any shade from white to extra dark. Next, choose a sweet twist like hazelnut, mint, raspberry, peanut butter, or cinnamon — nearly anything you can dream of. It's topped with whipped cream and toasted nuts.