Ask An East Bay Expert: Your Best Hot Winter Drink

Ask An East Bay Expert: Your Best Hot Winter Drink

It may be cold outside but there are plenty of ways to keep warm besides turning up the furnace or wearing layers of clothes. One of the best ways to stay warm is to enjoy a nice, hot drink to turn up the heat during a cold winter’s evening. If you are looking for something new to prepare, here are a few inventive creations from Brent Newcomb, bar manager of FIVE Restaurant in downtown Berkeley. Located within the landmark Hotel Shattuck Plaza, FIVE Restaurant has been a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand selection for six consecutive years.

 Your Best Hot Winter Drink

Shattuck Hot Toddy (credit: FIVE Restaurant)

Brent Newcomb
FIVE Restaurant
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 225-6055
five-berkeley.com

Shattuck Hot Toddy

  • 1.5 oz silver rum
  • .25 oz pineapple gum syrup
  • .25 oz Cointreau
  • .25 oz all spice dram
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 bag Red Nectar Herbal Tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon peel

Combine first six ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Rim half a glass coffee cup with sugar and pour ingredients into cup. Top with warmed tea and garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

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Pumpkin Apple-Spiced Toddy

  • 2 oz pumpkin-infused bourbon
  • .25 oz spiced apple shrub
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • 1 bag smooth black tea (recommended: Bungalow Black tea)
  • 1 segment dried butternut squash

Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Rim half a glass coffee cup with raw sugar and pour ingredients into cup. Top with warmed black tea and garnish with dried butternut squash segment.

 Your Best Hot Winter Drink

Winter’s Bite Hot Cocoa (credit: FIVE Restaurant)

Winter’s Bite Hot Cocoa

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • .25 oz Grand Marnier
  • .25 oz coconut rum
  • .25 oz coffee liqueur  
  • .25 oz chocolate liqueur  
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 package prepared hot cocoa

Combine first six ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Pour ingredients in a coffee cup or hot beverage glass and top with piping hot cocoa. Garnish with chocolate shavings and two shortbread cookies on the side.

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Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com Examiner.com.