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6 Wintry Cocktails to Try Now

Posted November 16, 2012 by Kelly Greene in Pretty Marinated
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I kept a nice winter glow with warm cocktails last blizzardino.  This time of year yields both hot and cold winter cocktails, so when it came time for the new wintery mixes, I ski jumped at the chance!

Poste’s outdoor courtyard has been transformed into a winter cocktail lounge complete with fondue, fire pits and blankets.  Their Smokin’ Bacon Hot Chocolate ($12) is full of naughty indulgences–bacon-infused Bulleit bourbon, hot cocoa and a housemade bacon cayenne marshmallow. For those of you who still like a chill when you sip, there’s the Flip You For Real ($14) with Maker’s Mark, apple cider, caramel, and a whole egg.  555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC.  202.783.6060

Policy is paying homage to all those pumpkins still lingering around since fall. Get your gourd on with the Draft Pumpkin ($12). There’s a 16-pound pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom in this cocktail served up with a cinnamon sugar rim.  1904 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.387.7654

Sou’wester is serving them up brisk.  Thyme After Thyme ($12) is a chilled mix of thyme-infused bourbon, elderflower liqueur, crème de cassis, garnished with a sprig of thyme.  Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC.  202.787.6148

At Legal Sea Foods they always raise the bar with a bevy of bevs. The apple of my eye is the Honey Apple Warmer ($8, pictured). This approachable, flavorful delight features Laird’s Applejack brandy, Barenjager (a German vodka-based honey liqueur), and a spice box syrup made with orange peel, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. My cold fave is also fruit-forward. The Anjou Pear ($12)  is a martini made with Grey Goose Poire, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, and St. Germain.  Various locations.

Stay warm on POV’s covered outdoor deck with gorgeous views of the city. Put on the Oxacan Skirt, with the smoky combination of Scotch, mezcal, lemon juice, pork barrel bitters and sweetened slightly with fresh pear.  515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.661.2400

This winter can get as cold and blustery as it wants, and last as long as it wants. As long as I know I can get my winter cocktails, I can survive any *cough* climate change/Stormpocalypse/Snowmageddon.

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About the Author

Kelly Greene

As a child, Kelly was founder and president for life of the "Clean Plate Club." Later, in college, she ate pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner for six days straight.Third-generation Washingtonian Kelly has caught, cleaned and cooked her own seafood. She's seen centers--convention, capital, shopping--rise and fall. And she can probably tell you what restaurant "used to be here," but she's never met the President.Now, this refined (finicky?) fed finds the ways and means to fine dine with a good wine.