Our 10 Best Hot Booze Cocktails in New York City

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You've survived another holiday season. Have you ever had better reason to settle into a dark bar with a stiff drink?

I didn't think so. But, as we battle through the next few long john-wearing months, now feels like a good time to order up a strong, warm drink -- with a whole lotta booze.

Here are our top 10 picks for the best hot cocktails around the city:

courtesy of L'Artusi
Founder's Toddy

10. The Founder's Toddy at L'Artusi
Regardless of the time of year, L'Artusi always feels like the ideal place to spend an evening. The Founder's Toddy ($15), created by the restaurant's general manager Heather Morgan, is an apple brandy and rye-based hot tea that's finished off with a bit of demerara sugar, lemon and cloves. It will cure your worst cold symptoms, or at least get you drunk enough to forget about them. 288 W. 10th Street; 212-255-5757.

courtesy of Aska
Swedish Punsch

9. Swedish Punch at Aska
This new Brooklyn restaurant has been getting a lot of buzz for their foraging efforts. They've now extended the approach to their cocktail menu in the form of a traditional Swedish punch ($12). The drink is made from Batavia Arrack, fresh sweet fern and juniper that's been foraged locally, a bit of cinnamon, and lemon peel. Hot water and lemon are added at the end, but cider or tea can also be substituted. 90 Wythe Avenue, no phone.

Henry Hargraves for Joseph Leonard
Hot Buttered Rum

8. Hot Buttered Rum at Joseph Leonard
Crafted by JL regular, Andy Rapoport, the drink ($12) is made with his own A.F. Rapoport spirit mix. Warm, spicy, and intensely boozy, this cocktail has all the makings of an ideal winter drink. 170 Waverly Place; 646-429-8383.

Location Info


77 Worth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


Freeman Alley, New York, NY

Category: Music

Joseph Leonard

170 Waverly Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


90 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant


228 W. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Third Man

116 Avenue C, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant


344 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Dutch Kills Bar

27-24 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY

Category: Music

Fort Defiance

365 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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