Where to Drink Spiked Hot Chocolate in New York City
These boozy hot chocolates are just what you need to make it through to spring
When that harsh winter weather rolls around, people often dream of a vacation to anywhere warm and sunny. Taking you there via hot chocolate cocktail, is Jo’s in Nolita, where you can order their exotic take on spiked cocoa. In their version, enjoy Macchu Pisco (the new hot liquor on the mixology scene), house-spiced Ecuadorian chocolate, Aztec chocolate bitters, and orange. Enjoy the drink as you serenely picture yourself in an Andean ski lodge next to a warm, crackling fire.
Richard Sandoval supplies the Latin-infused flavors for DohYO, the restaurant at Yotel in Hell’s Kitchen, an influence that can be seen at their bar, as well. Order up the Chile-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate at the bar, a tasty concoction made with two different tequilas, chocolate abuelita, and topped with a homemade ancho chile marshmallow and whipped cream. The warm chocolate mixes well with the spice, plus, it’s hard to be cold when your mouth is tingling with that good burn.
So, you’ve spent a day actually enjoying the cold weather at the skating pond at Bryant Park, embracing that which you cannot change. The idea seemed good at first, but now you’re freezing and need a drink to warm up. Thankfully, a mere 10 steps away is pop-up bar and restaurant Celsius. Order up the Snowcap at the bar, a mix of hot chocolate, vanilla vodka, and Kahlua to help take the edge off enjoying the winter wonderland.
If you find yourself wandering the cold streets of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with no destination in mind, then your luck’s about to turn around. Follow the hordes of Whovians into The Way Station (yes, that's a TARDIS in the back) and sit down for a warming, boozy Swiss Mistress. This hot chocolate, punched up with amaretto, should give you just enough courage to ask someone if that’s really in fact a jetpack up on the wall, not to mention give you back use of your fingers.