It’s currently 22 degrees outside the Food & Wine offices, with wind gusts up to 20 mph. (We know this thanks to weather.com, not because we’re going out there. No. Way.) Indoors, we’re fantasizing about our favorite hot beverages, and hot chocolate is at the top of our list. When we’re at home, we’re making our own, because it’s ridiculously simple (six awesome recipes here). But when we’re out and about this winter, here are five cool spins on the classic we’ll be sipping.
1. “Hot Chocolate” at Sbraga in Philadelphia. This boozy concoction, made with orange liqueur, crème de cacao and star anise-spiced brown sugar syrup, looks like tea, tastes like hot chocolate and drinks like a serious cocktail.
2. Spiked Chai Hot Chocolate at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles. Cognac gives the cinnamon- and cardamom-tinged hot chocolate an earthy note at Wolfgang Puck's Asian spot.