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Top 5 Warm Cocktails

By Lauren Staehle


When the winter weather hits, it’s time to trade in your frosted glass for a warm cup of comfort.
The Jersey at Graffiato Washington DC
The Jersey at Graffiato
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1. Hot “Buttered” Rum at Bourbon Steak
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The rich, oaky flavor of rum lends itself to the warm flavors of the holiday season. At Bourbon Steak, vanilla bean, ginger and allspice are mixed with mount gay black barrel for a sweet-and-spicy take on this winter treat. $9, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.944.2026,


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2. Earl’s Honey Toddy at Blackwall Hitch
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A Hot Toddy is the perfect cure for the winter chills, but Blackwall Hitch turns up the flavor on this old-school night cap with cognac, honey bourbon and Earl Grey syrup. $13, 5 Cameron St., Alexandria, 703.739.6090, 

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3. The Jersey at Graffiato
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Chef Mike Isabella brings a refined edge to Jersey-American cuisine with a unique cocktail menu to match. This sweet warmer combines Applejack, angostura bitters and hot pear or apple cider. $12, 707 Sixth St. NW, 202.289.3600, 

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4. Chai Me Up at Dirty Habit
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The soothing taste of spicy chai tea gets a punch of flavor in this cozy cocktail from mixologist Sarah Ruiz. Cognac, bitters, housemade chai syrup and cardamom form the perfect blend of sweet and savory. $13, 555 Eighth St. NW, 202.449.7095, 

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5. I’m Gonna Swipe Right (Cos It’s Cold Tonight) at The Gibson
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Not all warm cocktails are rich and heavy. This refreshing blend of El Dorado rum, lemon and pineapple syrup gets a comforting dose of warmth from allspice, cinnamon and angostura bitters. $12, 2009 14th St. NW, 202.232.2156,