16 restaurants and bars to grab a warm cocktail in Charlotte

16 restaurants and bars to grab a warm cocktail in Charlotte
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As temperatures drop, you’re going to need more than a jacket to keep you warm.

I’m from Florida so the concept of a warm cocktail is pretty much foreign to me. I’m fascinated by them. Who doesn’t love something warm to sip on while you cozy up near a space heater or wood-burning fireplace?

The big picture: I found that you can order a hot toddy (hot water or tea, whiskey, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon stick) pretty much anywhere. The cocktails on this list get a little more creative.

The Broken Spoke

  • The Other Irish Coffee: Drumlish Irish poitin, hazelnut liqueur, honey syrup, coffee, hand-whipped cream
  • Holly Jolly Cafe: Salamander Vodka, peppermint syrup, chocolate syrup, cocoa bitters, coffee, whipped cream, peppermint crumbles, cocoa powder
  • The Nutcracker: Salamander Vodka, Kahlua liqueur, coffee, whipped cream, bourbon cherry

The Cellar and Link & Pin

  • Irish Coffee cocktail (secret menu item available upon request): Fresh-brewed coffee is lightly sweetened with Demerara sugar and a liberal pour of Irish Whiskey. “We make a Vanilla bean heavy cream in-house to gently float on top,” Nate Robbins, the administrative assistant at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse tells Axios. 
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The Irish Coffee cocktail is a secret menu item at Link & Pin and the Cellar. Photo: Courtesy of The Cellar

Cloud Bar

  • Spiked Hot Chocolate; Hot chocolate, Baileys, rum, whipped cream, Hershey’s chocolate chips

      Dot Dot Dot

      • Hot Buttered Rum: Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Hot Water, Butter Batter, Cinnamon, Clove, Brown Sugar
      • Mexican hot chocolate: Patron Tequila, Mexican cacao, milk, cinnamon, whipped cream


      • Bad and Boozy- Bourbon, Baileys, house-made cocoa, whipped cream, crushed candy cane
      • Naughty List- Bourbon, lemon juice, star anise, honey syrup
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      Bad and Boozy cocktail. Photo: Courtesy of Fahrenheit

      Graham Street Pub & Patio

      • Graham St Eggnog: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, eggnog, nutmeg
      • Irish Coffee: Irish Whiskey, whipped cream, crème de menthe
      lincoln street eggnog

      Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Street

      Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails

      • Good as Gold: Blanco Tequila, coconut milk, cardamom, turmeric

      Merchant & Trade

      • The Wake Up Call: La Colombe coffee, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Vanilla Demerara, Frangelico hazelnut foam. The bartenders finish this drink with freshly grated nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
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      Wake Up Call cocktail. Photo: Courtesy of Merchant & Trade

      Miracle at Backstage Lounge

      • Bad Santa: Aged rum, velvet falernum, mixed spiced butter, oat milk, nutmeg

      Spindle Bar

      • Yippekay (hot buttered rum): Dark rum, gingerbread spices, butter
      • Help Me, I’m Feeling (mulled wine): Red wine, mulling spices, orange, brandy
      Help Me.. I'm Feeling

      Help Me..I’m Feeling. Photo: Courtesy of Spindle Bar

      Reigning Doughnuts

      • Spiced Apple Cider: Available Dec. 7-Feb. 6.

      The Royal Tot

      • Yule Log Grog: Gin, falernum, cranberry syrup, ginger liqueur, lime
      Yule Log Grog

      Yule Log Grog. Photo: Courtesy of The Royal Tot

      Tyber Creek Pub

      • Coffee & Cocoa Old Fashioned: Evan Williams 1783, coffee, simple syrup, coffee & cocoa bitters

      Winter Wonder Bar at Bocado

      • Drop it Like it’s Hot Chocolate: Bourbon, gourmet chocolate, steamed milk, whipped cream
      • Griswold Gluhwein: Mulled red wine, brandy, pressed oranges, spices

      The Workman’s Friend

      • Irish coffee: Jameson Irish whiskey, Pure Intentions coffee, brown sugar
      • Hot chocolate: Salted caramel or minted chocolate Baileys
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