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Julep’s Cromstock Toddy
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Where to Warm Up With Hot Cocktails in Houston

The city’s most comforting hot toddies, spiked hot chocolate and more

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Julep’s Cromstock Toddy
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Houston may not be the coldest city in the country, but it is one of the coolest — and when temps drop, there are a wealth of ways to stay cozy and warm, including indulging in some of the city’s best hot cocktails. A traditional whisky-based hot toddy, with honey and citrus, offers a blanket of warmth with each sip — and is said to aid cold symptoms — but Houston beverage experts are having fun with lots of creative alternatives.

Whether you want to keep it classic with a standard hot toddy or experiment with cocktails crafted with hot teas and dessert liqueurs, refer to our map of the best restaurants and bars serving up hot cocktails worth sipping.

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Johnny's Gold Brick

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St. Nick is wilding out at Johnny’s Gold Brick, where the Bad Santa cocktail blends mulled wine, Maker’s Mark bourbon, Grand Marnier, and winter spices together in a funky Santa-head mug. Want to stick with tradition? The house toddy with Old Grand Dad bonded bourbon, lemon, honey and hot water is always available too.

Lei Low

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Bring an island vibe to your holiday celebration with one of this beloved tiki bar’s most iconic drinks, the Hot Buttered Banana. This tropical riff on hot buttered rum combines macadamia nut liqueur, banana-infused Jamaican rum, and the bar’s rich and spiced “tiki butter.” Order takeout online via Lei Low’s website.

Heights Bier Garten

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Consistent with the beverage program at sister dpoy Wooster’s Garden, Heights Bier Garten offers seven unique new libations as part of its 6th annual winter hot toddy menu. The “Heard ‘Em Say” is rich in flavor with Elijah Craig, spiced pear, butter, masala bitters and lemon oil, while the “She’s A Fine Girl” is a play on adult hot chocolate, spiked with Sacred Bond brandy and cassis.

Bobcat Teddy's Icehouse

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Neighborhood gem Bobcat Teddy’s makes it easy for guests to get cozy on the chilliest of evenings, offering comfortable outdoor seating on a patio bedecked with heaters, and the addition of the hot toddy, cleverly coined The Hot Teddy, to its cocktail menu.

Julep Bar

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Skip the stress of crafting toddies at home, and leave it to the beverage experts. Julep is offering its bourbon toddy to-go for $10, a mix of bourbon, apricot liquer, rainwater madeira, and honey incorporated with cinnamon tea. Call or text 832-371-7715 for curbside pick-up or delivery.

The Hay Merchant

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Craft beer hangout Hay Merchant has a countless list of lagers and lots of interesting cocktails to kick back with, so it’s no surprise its hot toddy is just as impressive. Built with Venezuelan rum, barrel aged mead, banana, cinnamon and hot water, it is a perfect balance of sweet and boozy. Order curbside pickup or delivery through the Toast app.

East End Backyard

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With its sprawling 16,000-square-foot patio, complete with flat screens, food trucks and picnic tables, former Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching’s new East End Backyard offers a $10 hot toddy ideal for warming up with on crisp Houston days.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar

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Beverage Director Le Chau puts a Japanese spin on the classic with the Tobiuo Toddy by incorporating jasmine green tea and blending other warming ingredients like whiskey, lemon, cinnamon, clove and torched star anise. Find it on the current fall menu for $12. Order online here.

One Fifth Southern Comfort

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Plenty of hearty plates from the newly minted One Fifth: Southern Comfort pair well with the classic hot toddy, on the menu for $12. The earthy concoction melds bourbon, chicory, cinnamon and hot water allowing for long, slow sips. Order online at https://www.onefifthhouston.com.

Rosie Cannonball

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The Chalet at Rosie Cannonball, decked out with lounge furniture, blankets and fire pits, offers the picture-perfect backdrop for toasting the festive season. Find two hot Irish coffees on the menu for $10 each — Buena Vista style made with Irish whisky, Greenway coffee and spiced Benedictine cream and the Erin Ros(i)e style made with frozen Irish coffee. Add a floater for $3 if you dare. Order takeout through the Toast app.

Brennan's of Houston

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There are plenty of warming coffee cocktails to pair with Brennan’s iconic desserts, but the Café Brûlot is by far the showiest. Crafted for two, the preparation begins with a clove-studded orange peel, flambeed tableside, then combined with brandy, Triple Sec and freshly brewed coffee and presented in a Brûlot or “burnt brandy” bowl. At $28, it is well worth the splurge. Order for takeout here.

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The Cafe Brûlot at Brennan’s
Brennan’s

a'Bouzy

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In lieu of bubbles or vino, opt for A’bouzy’s comforting hot toddy crafted with Martell VS single distillery cognac, honey and lemon, available for $12.

UB Preserv

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As the popularity of CBD cocktails roars on, UB Preserv puts a playful twist on its hot buttered rum with the Chai as a Kite cocktail, featuring chai tea infused dark rum, hot water, CBD butter and fragrant allspice and cardamom, available now for $12. Order online at https://www.ubpreserv.com.

Two Headed Dog

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Score a thermos full of toddys at Two Headed Dog, which is making available two hot drinks for dine-in or to-go. Holiday-themed Deep Eddy thermoses contain enough for two beverages and feature the Hot Island Action with vodka, clove, cinnamon, cranberry and blood orange tea and the vodka-based Fresh Express hot cocoa with orange bitters, mint and vanilla cream. Visit twoheadeddog2go.square.site/ to order online.

Wooster's Garden

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As part of its impressive list of ever-changing craft cocktails, Wooster’s Garden has launched its 6th annual winter hot toddy menu, with the team creating seven unique flavor profiles to please the palate. For traditionalists, there is the Slow & Low Hot Toddy with Slow & Low rye, bitters, lemon and hot water, while more exotic options include the tequila and mezcal heavy Blessed by Fortunella with kumquat and ginger. Insider tip: Keep a camera phone close by, these toddys are Insta-worthy.

Musaafer

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An amalgam of the many tastes and traditions of India’s 29 states, the menu at Musaafer boasts a healthy balance of old versues new, and the same can be said for its spiced chai hot toddy. Roots of the hot toddy date back to the 1600s when the Hindi word “taddy” was used to describe drinks made from fermented palm sap — in time evolving to the alcoholic beverage made of hot water, sugar and spices that we know today. Musaafer’s interpretation, made with bourbon, spiced honey, Asam black tea, cinnamon and lemon with ginger notes offers India’s influence on the popular pub drink. Order takeout through Toast or UberEats.

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Musaafer’s hot toddy
Musaafer

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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Have hot buttered rum the Pappas way with its rift on the wintery favorite. Ron Zacapa 23-year Solera rum is incorporated with a blend of spices like sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, along with vanilla-infused cream. Order online at https://order.pappas.com.

Penny Whistle Pub

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This modern-day Irish pub offers three toddys this season, each for $8. The bar’s take on an Irish toddy is made with Jameson and clove-studded lemons, while the ginger toddy boasts bourbon, ginger liqueur and candied ginger and the tea toddy is a a healthy mix of jasmine tea and elderflower liqueur.

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Penny Whistle’s hot toddies
Penny Whistle Pub

Revelry on Richmond

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The tree won’t be the only thing getting lit this year with Revelry offering patrons the choice to partake in festive cocktails like the spiked hot cocoa and a traditional hot toddy. Order through the Toast takeout app.

Johnny's Gold Brick

St. Nick is wilding out at Johnny’s Gold Brick, where the Bad Santa cocktail blends mulled wine, Maker’s Mark bourbon, Grand Marnier, and winter spices together in a funky Santa-head mug. Want to stick with tradition? The house toddy with Old Grand Dad bonded bourbon, lemon, honey and hot water is always available too.

Lei Low

Bring an island vibe to your holiday celebration with one of this beloved tiki bar’s most iconic drinks, the Hot Buttered Banana. This tropical riff on hot buttered rum combines macadamia nut liqueur, banana-infused Jamaican rum, and the bar’s rich and spiced “tiki butter.” Order takeout online via Lei Low’s website.

Heights Bier Garten

Consistent with the beverage program at sister dpoy Wooster’s Garden, Heights Bier Garten offers seven unique new libations as part of its 6th annual winter hot toddy menu. The “Heard ‘Em Say” is rich in flavor with Elijah Craig, spiced pear, butter, masala bitters and lemon oil, while the “She’s A Fine Girl” is a play on adult hot chocolate, spiked with Sacred Bond brandy and cassis.

Bobcat Teddy's Icehouse

Neighborhood gem Bobcat Teddy’s makes it easy for guests to get cozy on the chilliest of evenings, offering comfortable outdoor seating on a patio bedecked with heaters, and the addition of the hot toddy, cleverly coined The Hot Teddy, to its cocktail menu.

Julep Bar

Skip the stress of crafting toddies at home, and leave it to the beverage experts. Julep is offering its bourbon toddy to-go for $10, a mix of bourbon, apricot liquer, rainwater madeira, and honey incorporated with cinnamon tea. Call or text 832-371-7715 for curbside pick-up or delivery.

The Hay Merchant

Craft beer hangout Hay Merchant has a countless list of lagers and lots of interesting cocktails to kick back with, so it’s no surprise its hot toddy is just as impressive. Built with Venezuelan rum, barrel aged mead, banana, cinnamon and hot water, it is a perfect balance of sweet and boozy. Order curbside pickup or delivery through the Toast app.

East End Backyard

With its sprawling 16,000-square-foot patio, complete with flat screens, food trucks and picnic tables, former Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching’s new East End Backyard offers a $10 hot toddy ideal for warming up with on crisp Houston days.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar

Beverage Director Le Chau puts a Japanese spin on the classic with the Tobiuo Toddy by incorporating jasmine green tea and blending other warming ingredients like whiskey, lemon, cinnamon, clove and torched star anise. Find it on the current fall menu for $12. Order online here.

One Fifth Southern Comfort

Plenty of hearty plates from the newly minted One Fifth: Southern Comfort pair well with the classic hot toddy, on the menu for $12. The earthy concoction melds bourbon, chicory, cinnamon and hot water allowing for long, slow sips. Order online at https://www.onefifthhouston.com.

Rosie Cannonball

The Chalet at Rosie Cannonball, decked out with lounge furniture, blankets and fire pits, offers the picture-perfect backdrop for toasting the festive season. Find two hot Irish coffees on the menu for $10 each — Buena Vista style made with Irish whisky, Greenway coffee and spiced Benedictine cream and the Erin Ros(i)e style made with frozen Irish coffee. Add a floater for $3 if you dare. Order takeout through the Toast app.

Brennan's of Houston

There are plenty of warming coffee cocktails to pair with Brennan’s iconic desserts, but the Café Brûlot is by far the showiest. Crafted for two, the preparation begins with a clove-studded orange peel, flambeed tableside, then combined with brandy, Triple Sec and freshly brewed coffee and presented in a Brûlot or “burnt brandy” bowl. At $28, it is well worth the splurge. Order for takeout here.

A man pouring a flaming drink tableside
The Cafe Brûlot at Brennan’s
Brennan’s

a'Bouzy

In lieu of bubbles or vino, opt for A’bouzy’s comforting hot toddy crafted with Martell VS single distillery cognac, honey and lemon, available for $12.

UB Preserv

As the popularity of CBD cocktails roars on, UB Preserv puts a playful twist on its hot buttered rum with the Chai as a Kite cocktail, featuring chai tea infused dark rum, hot water, CBD butter and fragrant allspice and cardamom, available now for $12. Order online at https://www.ubpreserv.com.

Two Headed Dog

Score a thermos full of toddys at Two Headed Dog, which is making available two hot drinks for dine-in or to-go. Holiday-themed Deep Eddy thermoses contain enough for two beverages and feature the Hot Island Action with vodka, clove, cinnamon, cranberry and blood orange tea and the vodka-based Fresh Express hot cocoa with orange bitters, mint and vanilla cream. Visit twoheadeddog2go.square.site/ to order online.

Wooster's Garden

As part of its impressive list of ever-changing craft cocktails, Wooster’s Garden has launched its 6th annual winter hot toddy menu, with the team creating seven unique flavor profiles to please the palate. For traditionalists, there is the Slow & Low Hot Toddy with Slow & Low rye, bitters, lemon and hot water, while more exotic options include the tequila and mezcal heavy Blessed by Fortunella with kumquat and ginger. Insider tip: Keep a camera phone close by, these toddys are Insta-worthy.

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Musaafer

An amalgam of the many tastes and traditions of India’s 29 states, the menu at Musaafer boasts a healthy balance of old versues new, and the same can be said for its spiced chai hot toddy. Roots of the hot toddy date back to the 1600s when the Hindi word “taddy” was used to describe drinks made from fermented palm sap — in time evolving to the alcoholic beverage made of hot water, sugar and spices that we know today. Musaafer’s interpretation, made with bourbon, spiced honey, Asam black tea, cinnamon and lemon with ginger notes offers India’s influence on the popular pub drink. Order takeout through Toast or UberEats.

a hot toddy on a wooden block surrounded by warming spices like clove and a burning cinnamon stick
Musaafer’s hot toddy
Musaafer

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Have hot buttered rum the Pappas way with its rift on the wintery favorite. Ron Zacapa 23-year Solera rum is incorporated with a blend of spices like sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, along with vanilla-infused cream. Order online at https://order.pappas.com.

Penny Whistle Pub

This modern-day Irish pub offers three toddys this season, each for $8. The bar’s take on an Irish toddy is made with Jameson and clove-studded lemons, while the ginger toddy boasts bourbon, ginger liqueur and candied ginger and the tea toddy is a a healthy mix of jasmine tea and elderflower liqueur.

two hot toddies on a table outside, garnished with cinnamon sticks and lemons
Penny Whistle’s hot toddies
Penny Whistle Pub

Revelry on Richmond

The tree won’t be the only thing getting lit this year with Revelry offering patrons the choice to partake in festive cocktails like the spiked hot cocoa and a traditional hot toddy. Order through the Toast takeout app.

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