Upgrade your Swiss Miss to one of these winter warmers
1609 Second Ave., 212-879-0402
Warm up at this Scottish pub with an adult beverage that tips its hat to the homeland: Its Winter Whisky Warmer features Auchentoshan Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Spanish hot chocolate powder and Scottish double cream.
714 Seventh Ave., 212-261-5200
The restaurant inside the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel is serving five different types of Belgian hot chocolate for locals and tourists alike, including three seasonal varieties. Top yours off with the chef’s homemade marshmallows, fresh fruit and chocolate shavings, and, if you’re a grown-up, Grand Marnier, Rum, Franjelico or Bailey’s. Bonus: Your purchase comes with a free piece of peppermint bark.
151 W. 46th St., 212-398-7440
2911 Broadway, 212-662-8830
For a spicy sipper, order the Cuban restaurant’s Latin hot chocolate with rum. It’s flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and a dash of red pepper.
54 Prince St., 212-226-0211
Chef Kate Cowan’s hot spiced chocolate — made with star anise, cinnamon sticks and cloves — is served along passion fruit champagne beignets.
The Library Hotel
299 Madison Ave., 212-983-4500
The Chocolate Cherry concoction being served at the hotel’s bar, Bookmarks, and bistro, Madison & Vine, adds rum, chocolate liqueur and cherry marnier to the traditional drink.
Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park
50 Central Park S., 212-308-9100
At the Ritz, pair your gourmet hot chocolate — in flavors like Candy Cane Cocoa, Seasonal Chocolate Spice and Raspberry Truffle — with handcrafted s’mores that you’ll build yourself at your own private hibachi in the hotel’s Star Lounge.
New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
1 Margaret Corbin Dr. 212-568-5323
Valrhona Chocolate is at the base of executive chef Scott Campbell’s creation, and it’s topped with a homemade lavender marshmallow.
Cocktail of the week
Make your own spiced-up twist on the favorite.
1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S
6 oz. hot chocolate (recipe below)
¾ oz. spiced syrup (recipe below)
3 drops pure vanilla extract
Heavy cream, shaved nutmeg and dark chocolate for garnish
Hot chocolate recipe:
2 cubes quality 70 percent dark chocolate for baking
2 cups 2 percent organic milk
Directions: Add milk to pot over medium heat. Chop chocolate into smaller bits and add to the hot milk, stirring to combine. If you were to do this recipe for drinking by itself, you would need to add some sugar to taste.
Spiced syrup recipe:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
6 allspice pods
4 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise pod
Directions: Add all ingredients to a pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat. Allow to cool before straining off any particulates.
Add all liquids except heavy cream to a heat-proof glass. Layer heavy cream over the top to desired amount. Garnish with grated nutmeg and dark chocolate.