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NYC's 5 Best Hot Cocktails For Cold Winter Nights

When the temperature drops, reach for one of these warming winter cocktails and get yourself toasty--and toasted--in no time. By Selena Ricks-Good.

Almond Tea Toddy

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This hot cocktail, Bookmarks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, is made with Baileys, spiced rum and garnished with whipped cream. (credit: Rubenstein PR)

Rich almond flavor adds a twist to the traditional hot toddy in the Almond Tea Toddy (Plymouth Gin, Combier, almond syrup, hot chai or spiced orange tea) at Bookmarks at the Library Hotel. The venue also offers the a Pumpkin Spice Latte made with Baileys, spiced rum and garnished with whipped cream.  Sip cocktails by the fireplace or near the windows overlooking the rooftop garden.

A La Mode

Dutch Kills
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Trek to this Long Island City cocktail den and you're rewarded with luscious cocktails like the A La Mode (hot cider, Elijah Craig bourbon and Licor 43, with a whipped cream topping). The fragrant vanilla of Licor 43 adds to the apple pie-like flavor of this boozy number.

A. F. Rapoport Hot Buttered Rum

Joseph Leonard
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Nothing melts the winter blues away like a mug of hot buttered rum. Joseph Leonard's version of the classic, named after a regular customer, features Sailor Jerry Rum, hot water and spiced butter mix (butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and Eastern spices). Step into the cozy bistro for their popular weekend brunch when you need a break from holiday shopping in the West Village.

Hot Chocolate Martini

Hot Chocolate Martini From Gramercy Tavern
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Liquid dark chocolate is spiked with Stoli Vanil Vodka and Amaretto in this grown-up version of a seasonal favorite at Gramercy Tavern. The drink is only poured half-way, with the remaining portion served in a teapot, ensuring every sip is warm and decadent.

Bartender At The Royalton
Bartender (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Cointreau)

Seven Spiced Cider

Spiked cider gets exotic in Forty Four's Seven Spiced Cider (hot cider, rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, clove, star anise and nutmeg). Pull up a stool at the bar or settle into a leather sofa by the fireplace at this glam hotel lounge and forget about the frost outside.

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