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Dozens of Hot Drinks To Warm Up Your Winter

National Restaurant Consultants helps restaurants fight the winter blues on their cocktail menus

By Sarah Ann Noel - January 29, 2019



Today record-breaking low-temperatures and wind chill will pound the Midwest and Great Lakes areas, icing over Chicago and Indianapolis. We got another five inches of snow in our Golden office and around Denver. And even traveling back from our Arizona location, our restaurant consultants were surprised by the chilled temperatures in Phoenix. It's safe to say, we're in the dead of winter, and for the United States this year, it looks like it's going to be a cold one.

The good news is, that doesn't stop people from going out. In some cases, diners are looking for a reason to leave their house. So, our restaurant consultants think you should give them one. It's time to update those happy hour menus again, this time with some hot cocktails sure to warm the body and spirit at the same time. We've rounded up from the most trusted sources in mixed drink recipes, and here is what we found.

Since the Midwest is getting hit the hardest, we looked to Midwest Living first, and they surprised us with a Vin Brulé as their first in a collection of unexpected hot drinks to try out

You've probably read about Golden Milk and the many health benefits of turmeric; it's no surprise that Martha Stewart knows about that trend too, and her slideshow of hot drink recipes includes a Golden Latte that you could easily grow-up with a shot of bourbon. 

Epicurious tries out a raspberry and thyme hot toddy, turning to fruity and spicy flavors rather than sweets and nuts--likely a welcome change for guests looking to warm up with a drink, not dessert. They have 28 other recipes you can experiment with too. 

Delish has 15 recipes in this blog post that are hot drinks specifically for adults. Save the hot chocolate for post-sledding adventures and look to these for your new menu design. 

This Real Simple toddy uses Frangelico for a hazelnut flavor that's sweet and delicious. There are a few additional spins on standard favorites in this collection, too; like mint ice cream or malt and toasted marshmallow in the hot chocolate.

Of course, it's the season of sniffles, and colds aren't stopping your guests for coming in. For those under the weather and looking for some comfort, The Inspired Home has 26 drink ideas for nursing colds and flu. Serve at arm's length!

Our restaurant consultants are experts in menu design and special menus. Think outside the box for new ways to give your menus a personal and seasonal touch. Need some help? Contact a restaurant consultant today.


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