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Down House's Jeremy Olivier
Down House's Jeremy Olivier
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8 Boozy Warm Drinks to Have in Houston

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Down House's Jeremy Olivier
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Whether it's muggy or freezing cold out—and since this is Houston it's likely that those contrasting climates alternate by the day—it's still the holiday season. Celebrate with the drink of the season: a hot toddy. Even on a balmy 70-degree day, the cinnamon and nutmeg in your boiled water and whiskey cocktail will make you feel like it's almost Christmas. Here now, a map of where to find some of our favorite holiday drinks. As always, let us know if we missed a spot.


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13 Celsius

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One of the best wine bars in the city is bound to have some of the best mulled wine in town. Pair it with the baked brie and enjoy it under the canopy of lights on the small patio. It's a perfect winter date destination.

Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

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This is another local spot with great mulled wine. Robin Berwick has perfected her recipe over years of making the cinnamon-scented warm wine with hints of orange citrus. It's a personal favorite.

Mongoose Versus Cobra

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What makes the Irish coffee at this Midtown spot different is that at its base is boiled whiskey, not water. And the coffee is cold brewed. It's all topped off with freshly-whipped cream.

Down House

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The Isla Toddy here is a winner from Eater Awards Bartender of the Year nominee Jeremy Olivier. With the tea still steeping in the mug of liquor and butter, one bay leaf--added at chef Benjy Mason's suggestion--elevates this toddy to another level.

Anvil Bar & Refuge

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The Calvados Hot Toddy is a year-round option at Anvil, and the seasonal menus mean you'll have a drink that's especially tailored to the weather. The hot buttered rum is also great here.

Under the Volcano

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The coffee with Bailey's, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier will warm you up, and the red and green-speckled strawberry and basil margarita will get you in the holiday spirit at this Rice Village staple.

Bar Boheme

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Cooler temps aren't so bad when you're having mulled wine on the patio here, surrounded by the heaters and the outdoor bar.

Absinthe Brasserie

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The Czech-style preparation of Absinthe at this Montrose location ensures instant warmth. Search for the familiar doors and watch your cup of Green Fairy light up with a small flame before enjoying.

13 Celsius

One of the best wine bars in the city is bound to have some of the best mulled wine in town. Pair it with the baked brie and enjoy it under the canopy of lights on the small patio. It's a perfect winter date destination.

Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

This is another local spot with great mulled wine. Robin Berwick has perfected her recipe over years of making the cinnamon-scented warm wine with hints of orange citrus. It's a personal favorite.

Mongoose Versus Cobra

What makes the Irish coffee at this Midtown spot different is that at its base is boiled whiskey, not water. And the coffee is cold brewed. It's all topped off with freshly-whipped cream.

Down House

The Isla Toddy here is a winner from Eater Awards Bartender of the Year nominee Jeremy Olivier. With the tea still steeping in the mug of liquor and butter, one bay leaf--added at chef Benjy Mason's suggestion--elevates this toddy to another level.

Anvil Bar & Refuge

The Calvados Hot Toddy is a year-round option at Anvil, and the seasonal menus mean you'll have a drink that's especially tailored to the weather. The hot buttered rum is also great here.

Under the Volcano

The coffee with Bailey's, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier will warm you up, and the red and green-speckled strawberry and basil margarita will get you in the holiday spirit at this Rice Village staple.

Bar Boheme

Cooler temps aren't so bad when you're having mulled wine on the patio here, surrounded by the heaters and the outdoor bar.

Absinthe Brasserie

The Czech-style preparation of Absinthe at this Montrose location ensures instant warmth. Search for the familiar doors and watch your cup of Green Fairy light up with a small flame before enjoying.

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