The countdown is officially on! We are now just 15 days away from the start of winter on Dec. 21. That being said, it’s a Charlotte tradition to break out the winter coats and mittens once the temperature drops below 60 degrees. So, if you are already feeling the freeze or preparing for the inevitable chilly days ahead, here are six boozy drinks that will surely help warm you up over the cold winter nights.
(1) Irish Coffee from The Workman’s Friend
1531 Central Ave
What’s in it: Fresh brewed Pure Intentions Hot Coffee, raw sugar, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and fresh cream.
Bonus: It is a simple drink, but when done well it can really stand out. Let me tell you, The Workman’s Friend does it well! Some even think this is one of the best Irish Coffees in the nation.
(2) Campfire Old Fashioned from The Cotton Room
144 Brevard Court
What’s in it: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, toasted marshmallow syrup, mole bitters, smoked rocks glass, toasted marshmallow.
Bonus: What better place for a first date than by the “campfire” with some marshmallows? Plus, The Cotton Room holds TV show watch parties every Sunday at 9 p.m. Currently, they are showing “The Walking Dead”.
(3) Cotton-headed Ninny Muggin from Hyde Brewing
2911 Griffith St B
What’s in it: Rua Whiskey, hot Colombian coffee, house-made “nog-like” syrup, coffee-infused whipped cream, topped with crushed peppermint.
Bonus: The Cotton-Headed Ninny Muggin is part of Hyde’s newly released seasonal coffee cocktail menu. Other new drinks include the Hallelujah! Holy Sh*t!, which features whiskey, rooibos-based seasonal tea blend, and cinnamon honey syrup, and the Red Rider Rifle, with gin, strawberry shrub, Spruce and Birch Crude bitters, garnished with a local strawberry and espresso glaze.
(4) The Other Irish Coffee from The Broken Spoke
227 Southside Dr
What’s in it: GWR Drumlish Poitin Whiskey, Pure Intentions Coffee, Frangelico, and Honey Simple Syrup topped with Baileys whipped cream and Cocoa Powder.
Bonus: Broken Spoke has a whole section of its drink menu dedicated to coffee cocktails made with Pure Intentions Coffee and spirits made in-house. Insider’s tip: You can get any of their coffee cocktails served warm, using french press coffee, or cold, with cold brew coffee.
If the whiskey doesn’t warm you up, the coffee will 😉 Pictured The Other Irish Coffee $9 @gwrdistilling Drumlish @pureintentionscoffee Coffee, Frangelico, & Honey Simple Syrup made in house, topped with Baileys whipped cream and Cocoa Powder. . . . . #itsactuallycold #loso #gwrdistilling #drinklocal #drinkcharlotte #eatlocal #explorecharlotte #charlottesgotalot #charlottewhiskey #cltwhiskey #eatclt
(5) Kentucky Coffee from Dogwood Southern Table & Bar
4905 Ashley Park Ln
What’s in it: Freedom French Roasts Americano, Marker’s Mark bourbon, rye spiked cinnamon whipped cream
Bonus: If the Kentucky Coffee sounds good, you’re also going to want to head to Dogwood for brunch to try the ‘Get Right’ cocktail. It’s made with cold brew coffee, house vanilla vodka, house coffee liqueur, amaro Montenegro, and chocolate bitters.
(6) Glühwein from Dover Vineyards at the Christmas Village
300 S Church St
Price: $10 with a souvenir mug, which you can keep and bring back for a $7 refill all season until the village closes.
What’s in it: This is a warm German mulled wine. Mulled wine is usually made with red wine, along with a combination of different mulling spices and sometimes raisins.
Bonus: A non-alcoholic version, called kinderwine, can also be found at the event. The Charlotte Christmas Village is in Romare Bearden Park and runs until Christmas Eve. Click here for daily hours and the schedule.
If you’re already bundled up and don’t want to leave the house, we’ve got you covered too. Here are a few recipes that will warm you up on the inside, while you stay warm under the blankets or next to the fireplace (plus, they also just may help you get over a bad cold).
What “warm me up” drinks do you like? Let us know in the comments section.
Photos: Workman’s Friend, The Cotton Room, Hyde Brewing, The Broken Spoke, Dogwood Southern Table & Bar, Alicia Thomas