Toddy By Nature: 9 Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm in Cold Weather

Melt away winter chill with these toasty cocktails.

Russell House Tavern

Hot drinks at Russell House Tavern. From left to right: Georges Island Toddy, Edelweiss, and Apres Ski / Courtesy photo

Alden & Harlow

Chef Michael Scelfo’s subterranean Harvard Square joint may be one of our favorite restaurants at the moment—but it also boasts one of the city’s best bar programs. Currently gracing the menu: the Hearthstone, a drink of Scotch whisky, dry curaçao, housemade butterscotch, and Amaro Montenegro whipped cream.

Alden & Harlow, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2100,


When it comes to the classics, our favorite cocktail den in Fort Point does not mess around. Case in point: their hot buttered rum, a concoction of—yes—caramel, butter, and locally made Bully Boy rum.

Drink, 348 Congress St., Boston, 617-695-1806,

The Elephant Walk

Sherry’s having a moment right now—just look at the drink selection at Straight Law—and it’s making a cameo on the menu at the Elephant Walk in the South End, with their Mr. Manager, which mixes Glendalough Distillery whiskey, Wood’s Cider Mill cider (from Vermont), sherry, and cloves for garnish.

The Elephant Walk, 1415 Washington St., Boston, 617-247-1500,

The Independent

Usually, when we think of drinks at the Indo, we think of its formidable beer list—but the cocktail menu is no slouch, either. This winter, warm up with a Café Branca, an elixir of Triple Eight Vanilla Vodka, Fernet Branca, coffee, and house-infused espresso whipped cream.

The Independent, 75 Union Sq., Somerville, 617-440-6022,

Legal Harborside

Cider’s not just for fall, of course—not when there’s Honey Apple Warmer (Bärenjäger honey liqueur, Laird’s Apple Jack, citrus, and cloves) at the Seaport’s towering three-floor Legal Harborside.

270 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-477-2900,

Tom & Jerry at No. 9 Park

Tom & Jerry at No. 9 Park / Courtesy photo

No. 9 Park

A classic No. 9 Park winter drink, the Tom & Jerry—a nutmeg-dusted blend of fresh eggs, spices, warm milk, and rum—has been making an appearance on the seasonal cocktail menu since John Gertsen was behind the bar.

No. 9 Park, 9 Park St., Boston; 617-742-9991,

Pier 6

One way to make a good thing better is to heighten the contrast. And little else makes a cozy evening cozier than sipping a hot drink while gazing out at a wintry ocean. Give it a shot at Pier 6, where they’re serving up a Naughty Toddy: tea spiked with house-infused Woodford Reserve bourbon, honey, and cinnamon.

Pier 6, 1 8th St., Charlestown, 617-337-0054,

River Bar

For another twist on the back-to-basics hot toddy, head over to Assembly Square for their Mind Glow, a hot toddy with rye whiskey, lemon, honey, and secret ingredient Hiver Amer—Bittermens’ “winter bitter,” a potent blast of cinnamon.

River Bar, 661 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-616-5561,

Russell House Tavern

Find toasty tipples in triplicate over at one of our favorite Harvard Square haunts, as Russell House serves up the Edelweiss (Ansac VS cognac, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, Giffard Menthe-Pastille, and a chamomile-ginger Syrup), the Apres Ski (Green Chartreuse, Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao, Vermont Ice Maple Creme, and hot water), and the Georges Island Toddy (which, in Long Island Iced Tea fashion, is one boozy blend of “the entire line of products from the 86 Spirits Co.,” combining vodka, gin, tequila, rum, spice syrup, lemon juice, and hot water, topped with cola-syrup-infused whipped cream).

Russell House Tavern, 14 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, 617-500-3055,