Is the dreary and cold winter weather getting you down? From Irish coffee to boozy hot chocolate, you can warm up with seasonal spiked drinks from these local restaurants and bars.
Try Nomad’s best-selling Irish coffee with Irish Crème Vodka topped with cinnamon, or if you have an adventurous palate, order the Mayan Mocha, a blend of white rum and steamed milk with decadent Ghirardelli chocolate and cayenne pepper. They also offer a loaded hot chocolate with a toasted marshmallow and Hershey bar on top for non-drinkers.
225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, (859) 360-7134, facebook.com/nomadky
1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab
At 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab, go the standard route by mixing hot chocolate with any of the classic liquor combinations, like Kahlua or Baileys, or take the road less traveled and try a Pale Horse Bourbon latte with white chocolate, cocoa, and bourbon. They also serve a Rye Chai made with rye bourbon and chai.
1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 429-5745, 1215vine.com
Sidewinder Coffee has the perfect fix for that holiday-themed spiked drink craving. Try their Candy Cane Latté made with white chocolate, espresso, and Voltage Peppermint Schnapps, or go for the Sidewinder Martini with vodka and Kahlua. You also have the option of creating your own spiked hot chocolate and liqueur combination.
4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 542-8321, sidewindercoffee.com
Neighborhood dive bar C&D offers a monthly special for the charitable at heart. For every special ordered, the bar will donate one dollar to one of the many local organizations it works with. This month’s special is the Hot Nut made with Baileys, Frangelico, and Amaretto liqueur topped with whipped cream. If that’s not your style, grab the popular peanut butter whiskey hot cocoa.
1714 Hanfield St., Northside, (513) 541-9881, facebook.com/CDNorthside
College Hill Coffee Co.
Take your pick of mixing College Hill Coffee Co.’s popular liquors like Frangelico or Bullet Bourbon with any of their coffee or tea selections. Owner Tina Stoeberl recommends the Chai tea with a shot of Fireball whiskey, but you always have the Kahlua and chocolate mix to fall back on.
6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, (513) 542-2739, collegehillcoffeeco.com
Highland Coffee House
Visit Highland Coffee House for their popular Irish coffee with either whiskey or Baileys. For a more European experience, try the Cappuccino Viennese, which can be mixed with a multitude of liqueurs. For the non-coffee drinkers out there, Highland has a hot rum cider.
2839 Highland Ave., Corryville, (513) 861-4151, facebook.com/officialhighlandcoffeehouse