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Hot Cocktails
January 17, 2013
By , NYC Contributor

Winter rescue comes in many forms – some of them alcoholic. In the Alps, brandy is (apparently) strapped to the necks of St. Bernards, who wander the snowscape in search of stranded pilgrims. In the concrete jungle of New York, your boozy escape comes courtesy of the city’s bartenders, who break the ice with ever more inventive cocktails. This week, pull up to the bar with Galavante and try these hot favorites. 

Hudson Lodge

Few places know how to heat up like a ski lodge. The Hudson Hotel’s version in Hell’s Kitchen does it both with ambiance – including Alice in Wonderland-sized furniture, animal skins, and housemade snow – and a range of chocolaty hot cocktails like the Beso de Chocolat made with Rumplemintz, whipped cream, and crushed peppermint paddies. Sweet.

356 West 58th St., 212-554-6000, hudsonlodgenyc.com


This East Village bar owes its Renaissance Faire-meets-Sherlock Holmes vibe to Tony Award-winning set designer William Ivey Long. Scottish in theme, the bar’s heavy cherry-wood walls and thick stained glass provide a protective seal from the outside cold, while the gas fireplace offers new warmth. But to heat the core, order what is probably the best hot toddy in town, made with green tea, Glen Grant single malt scotch, and honey.

197 Second Ave., 212-529-0340, shoolbreds.com

Café Sabarsky

You can’t let a winter pass without at least one glühwein, and in New York, there’s no better place to turn to than Austrian chef and restaurateur Kurt Gutenbrunner. In the former Central Park home of Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III, against a backdrop of original wood paneling and colorful marbling, his version of hot wine uses red Blauer Zweigelt, cinnamon, and a splash of OJ. Strudel enhances the flavor.

1048 Fifth Ave., 212-288-0665, cafesabarsky.com

(Photo courtesy of Shoolbred’s)