There’s no need to chill out during winter. Take time to explore some amazing restaurants and coffee houses with the best hot and spicy drinks to keep you warm from your head to your toes. While some drinks may ring a bell like coffee and tea, some are more extraordinary and unexpected. Bundle up and head out; there’s a winter warm drink waiting for you.
Flaming Ice Cube
140 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114
The Flaming Ice Cube projects warmth. Vegan-friendly foods make this place an easy stop-in for lunch or office catering. While you’re admiring the seasonal lights in downtown Cleveland, grab a warm drink from Flaming Ice Cube. The hot spiced cider with warm vanilla flavoring is one of the best drinks you can pick this winter.
Algebra Tea House
2136 Murray Hill Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
This charming, artistic tea house in Little Italy is prefect for a snack, lunch, brunch or a quick coffee. Like any quality piece of artwork, it changes with the sunlight and shows you a different aspect during your time there. At the Algebra Tea House, any warm drink will amaze you: hot cocoa made with steamed milk and rose water, mango sweet black tea or decaf coffee with dandelion root. But the best hot drink to try at the Algebra Tea House is the coconut pepper café – a double espresso with coconut and crushed black pepper. It tastes like a dreamy shot of the tropics, but with a double espresso to ensure you stay wide awake.
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3710 Payne Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
In Cleveland’s Asia town, a little bakery is making lots of friends with its unbelievable bakery and authentic drinks. Have you tried a bubble tea yet? If not, Koko Bakery is the first place you should stop for one. It’s served hot or cold and in delicious flavors like honeydew and mango. The bubbles are made from tapioca and give the drink an authentic flavor and flair. Grab a hot bubble tea and pastry stirred with pineapple, cranberries and coconut.
2366 W 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Civilization Café in Tremont serves the best hot coffee in Cleveland, hands down. The selection of City Roast Coffee served at Civilization is unbelievable and great for the holidays with drinks like pumpkin pie, caramel crunch and Irish cream. Café a go-go consists of espresso added to a serving of coffee and is sure to wake you up. The espresso is a perfect shot and the coffee is City Roast Coffee, organic and fair trade.
The Root Café
15118 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
The Root Café in Lakewood got the perfect facelift – polished on the outside but perfectly preserved on the inside. At The Root Café, you’ll find the best hot drinks related to coffee, like the “breve,” meaning short, which is steamed half and half poured over a shot of espresso or the traditional macchiato, a shot of espresso marked with cream or steamed milk. If you’re looking for less caffeine, try a steamer with your choice of syrup steamed with milk for a warm drink that won’t keep you up at night. The Root Café will become your favorite spot when the weather cools and the snow falls.
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Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.