When the weather outside is frightful, a warm toddy is just delightful. This winter (and especially on January 11, National Hot Toddy Day!), head to the following venues to sample their version of the heady libation. A historically British drink made with whiskey, warm water or milk, and sugar, these D.C. restaurants take the typical hot toddy to a new level.
1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
www.lincolnrestaurant-dc.comWith a whimsical play on the word “merry,” the hot toddy is named after former President Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. To make it, mixologist John Hogan at Lincoln first infuses bourbon with seasonal spices such as cinnamon, chamomile and vanilla, and then combines the bourbon with honey and warm water. The result is a sweet, warm beverage that smells and tastes like the holiday season. It is available throughout winter for $10.
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Fado Irish Pub
808 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
www.fadoirishpub.comEven though this pub is Irish, the bartenders here know how to make a terrific British hot toddy. Made with apple brandy, hot water, lemon, cinnamon and honey, this drink unites some of the best flavors of the winter. Enjoy the delicious flavors of Daron Calvados, a French apple brandy. Smooth and comforting, this drink will be a pleasure to drink and it may even make you forget the chilly winter weather. Try one for $10 any night of the week.
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2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
www.bourbondc.comListed under the hot infusions section of Bourbon’s drink menu, Bourbon offers a classic version of a hot toddy, made with warm water, whisky and honey. The beverage is available at both the Glover Park and Adams Morgan Bourbon locations. Locals in both neighborhoods swear this is the best hot toddy in town, and at just $10, it’s the perfect way to warm up during D.C.’s cold winters.
1200 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
www.jeffersondc.com/This hotel lounge and bar serves one of the most unusual versions of a hot toddy. Bartenders use pumpkin puree and mix it with hot water, vodka and orange juice for a delicious surprise in a glass. A drizzle of honey brings it all together. The bold flavors of the drink combined with the upscale bar ensure your hot toddy experience at Quill is always memorable. All Quill signature cocktails are sold for $15.
Extra Virgin Modern Italian
4053 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
www.extravirginva.comBet you didn’t the Italians love hot toddies. At Extra Virgin Modern Italian, you may choose from three versions of this scrumptious drink. The first, the Grand Marnier apple toddy, is served with a fragrant cinnamon stick as a garnish. Made with bourbon, Grand Marnier, sparkling apple cider and simple syrup, this hot toddy looks, smells and tastes delicious. The second hot toddy on the menu has an Italian twist to it with limoncello, a traditional Italian lemon liquor. Bartenders bring together limoncello with vodka, green tea and honey for an herbal-tasting hot toddy. Finally, Extra Virgin Modern Italian also offers a classic hot toddy with whiskey, honey and warm water. The Grand Marnier apple toddy costs $11, while the other two are $9. Hot toddy aficionados, this is your place.