Let Philly’s spirits keep you warm

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If there’s one treat that can certainly warm you up during the winter months, it’s a Hot Toddy. 

Art in the Age

Philly’s own one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop has a new kind of spin on the classic drink. Their Tea Blossom Toddy features a blooming tea flower while also boasting Kinsey Rye Whiskey, Jasmine Infused Maple Syrup, grapefruit and rosemary bitters. The Toddy is garnished with an expressed grapefruit peel and this steamy brew can be enjoyed at the Art in the Age in their outdoor seating area during opening hours of Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Art in the AgeQuaker City Mercantile

116 N. 3rd St., artintheage.com

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The southern-styled hotspot that happens to be on South Street has their own take on the warm libation. Rex’s Bonfire at the Orchard is made up of Cruzan dark rum, Laird’s bonded apple brandy, St. George pear brandy, cinnamon-clove compound butter and raw cane sugar. The drink is then garnished with nutmeg ($12) and is available now at the popular eatery.  

1516 South St., rex1516.com

East Passyunk

If you’re looking for the mecca of Hot Toddys, this neighborhood in South Philly has just what you need. According to a release, East Passyunk Avenue, home to over 150 independently-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, has a slew of restaurants and bars offering the classic winter cocktail available for outdoor dining and on the go. Cantina Los Caballitos has crafted a Tequila Toddy made up of Corralejo Añejo, Grand Marnier, lemon, orange juice, agave, and cinnamon sticks ($12). Down the road at Pub on Passyunk East (POPE) guests can sip on their Rum Hot Toddy consisting of Goslings dark rum, lemon, sage ginger honey, and clove ($10) and lastly, Manatawny Still Works offers a twist on the traditional Hot Toddy with their Hot Spiked Cider composed of honey whiskey, lemon, cinnamon, and star anise ($13).  

The Tequila Toddy from Cantina. Provided

Various locations, visiteastpassyunk.com


This local brand is known for their recording studio in Northern Liberties as well as their two bar-restaurant locations, but some might not know of their hidden gem, Hot Toddy. Milkboy has transformed their 4th and South location into a roofed and heated streetery dubbed ‘Rock Salt’ that is chock full of hot cocktails including a Rock ‘n’ Rye Toddy with Rock and Rye, honey, lemon, and clove ($13). In honor of National Hot Toddy Day this Monday, MilkBoy South Street is offering half-off Toddies priced at just $6 all week long.

401 South St., milkboy.tv

Red Owl Tavern 

Philadelphians will have ample opportunity to sip on Red Owl Tavern’s Hot Toddy as this Old City spot is celebrating with specials all week long starting Monday. As an extra incentive and bonus, Red Owl’s steamy offer also coincides with the re-opening of museums and cultural institutions. According to a release, folks looking to warm up with a toasty spiked beverage should hit up Red Owl Tavern, now offering a week-long Hot Toddy Special, with all hot toddies available for just $5 from Monday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Jan. 15. Imbibers are encouraged to stop by Red Owl Tavern, adjacent to Hotel Monaco, to warm up with a steaming Toddy before or after making their way to the Museum of the American Revolution, or one of the many other historic sites nearby.

Red Owl Tavern

433 Chestnut St., redowltavern.com

Urban Farmer 

Sip and steam with Urban Farmer, located inside of The Logan Hotel. The steak houses’ signature Farm Toddy is made up of bourbon, Allspice Dram, honey, lemon, and chamomile and is available for take-out or room service for just $15. 

1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., urbanfarmersteakhouse.com


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