The Best Places to Get Hot Drinks in Atlanta

When the weather outside is frightful, duck inside for a hot toddy.
  • The Ritz-Carlton will warm you up as you sip seasonal drinks in luxurious surroundings.
    The Ritz-Carlton will warm you up as you sip seasonal drinks in luxurious surroundings.
  • Amer cocktail bar in Inman Quarter has more than hipster drinks like this Ornamento Classico.
    Amer cocktail bar in Inman Quarter has more than hipster drinks like this Ornamento Classico.
  • Enjoy the Alpine Dreams at Yebo Ski Haus for a limited time. (Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser.)
    Enjoy the Alpine Dreams at Yebo Ski Haus for a limited time. (Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser.)
  • Sip on a hot buttered rum at 5Church as you take in the scenery. (Photo credit: Glen Bowling)
    Sip on a hot buttered rum at 5Church as you take in the scenery. (Photo credit: Glen Bowling)

Whether you need a pick me up from holiday shopping or just a way to shake off the shiver of winter weather, it’s always good to have a warm tasty beverage. Here’s where to find the best hot toddies and other warm drinks of the season. But hurry as they are only around for a while.

  1. 5Church – A beautiful setting is the perfect spot to enjoy a hot buttered rum. This one comes with a festive lit cinnamon stick.

  2. Amer – The trendy Inman Quarter complex is home to a slew of fantastic restaurants, and luckily this cocktail bar is there, too. Head to Amer for the Ornamento Classico. Made with apple brandy and several other fancy ingredients too complicated to pronounce, it’s a great nightcap after a delicious meal in Inman Quarter.

  3. Bocado – We all know how amazing the burger is at this West Midtown restaurant, but you don’t want to miss out on the hot toddy; Bocado is generous with the bourbon.

  4. Chai Pani – I rarely turn down a chai anywhere, but I know that when it’s available at an Indian restaurant, it's really done right. Chai Pani’s spiked chai is made with chicory liqueur. But if that’s not to your liking get Chai Pani's twist on the hot toddy, a turmeric toddy.

  5. Eclipse di Luna – The Buckhead location is featuring an orange mezcal sweet tea for the holiday season. The citrusy orange marries well with cinnamon and sugar for a spicy treat.

  6. El Super Pan – Head to Ponce City Market for the the "chá de cana," which means "cane tea" in Portuguese. Among other items, apple Ceylon tea and Scotch are used, and it is served with a sugar cane stick that's been soaked in rum.

  7. Hampton + Hudson – If you haven’t been here, you need to visit if only for the steak tartare served in a potato chip shell. But make sure to order the hot toddy with rum, cardamom bitters and spiced honey.

  8. Nine Mile Station – As if the stunning views atop Ponce City Market are not enough, Nine Mile Station has a bevy of tasty cocktails to celebrate the season. Choose from not one but three different toddies, with your choice of traditional, especial made with tequila or a mash up of an old fashioned and hot toddy. Nine Mile Station also has several spiked coffee choices.

  9. Piastra – This Marietta Square restaurant has a yummy treat for the holidays. Hot double chocolate butterscotch – Zodiac black cherry vodka (aged 6 weeks in an oak barrel), Monin double chocolate syrup and steamed milk. It’s the perfect dessert to top off your lovely Italian meal.  

  10. Ritz Carlton, Atlanta – The Spicy Maple is a signature coffee drink that is a latte blend infused with pure maple syrup and a dash of cayenne. It is available at the Ritz Carlton downtown. 

  11. Skyline Park, on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, has a hot cider cocktail as well as whiskey spiked coffee. You might want to take a minute before the trying the slide.

  12. Xocolatl – Inside Krog Street Market, Xocolatl serves 4- and 8-ounce sizes of hot drinking chocolate and hot herbal cacao tea. Though the hot chocolate is available each day, the holiday spice blend made with cardamom and cloves is available for the next several weeks.

  13. Yebo Ski Haus – Though most of the year, this spot is known as a beach haus, it’s been transformed for the winter months into a chalet. Here, hot chocolate, tea or coffee lovers each have a unique beverage. I’m especially excited about the Alpine Dreams – hot chocolate with Italian meringue. 

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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