Cold-Weather Cocktails to Warm you Up

It's time to stake out fireplaces at cozy hangouts, make a toast and usher in the brisk weather with bevvies made for warming up. Local lifestyle blogger, Yashy Murphy, knows her spirits and just where to get cozy with cool weather cocktails.

Three assorted cool weather cocktails on a tabletop at the Broadview Hotel.
The Broadview Hotel

COCKTAILS WITH A VIEW

The Broadview Hotel

What to order: Pearly Godmother

For one of the best views of the Toronto skyline, head over to The Rooftop Bar (one of the top hotel rooftop bars in the city). Perched high above the city with wall-to-wall windows, this is a great spot to get your fall foliage fix while enjoying a cocktail.

The Rooftop Bar promises an innovative cocktail list and they deliver. The Pearly Godmother is a Bourbon-based tumbler with Pear juice and Honey Sage Syrup. From live music sessions to pop-up art, there is always something new and exciting happening at this Queen East bar.

Lavelle

What to order: Violet Vibe

Saddle up to the main bar, slide into a booth or nab a table on the retractable-roofed patio to enjoy a bird’s eye view of King West. The Hot Honey Vodka, Maison Fondée violette liqueur, fresh lemon, egg white, and an edible flower, will help you warm up to the onset of cold weather in one of the city’s best nighttime neighbourhoods. Whether you’re getting your night started or ending it, Lavelle has you covered with its scenic views.

PRE-DINNER DRINKS

Founder Bar

What to order: Revenge of the Bees

Cocktails are at the forefront of this elegant bar and with an ever-changing menu, you are sure to enjoy drinks made with seasonal flavours. The hue of the blue reflection from the tin roof and the scent of candles make this a great go-to spot for pre-dinner drinks on Dundas West. During my recent visit, I snatched a black pepper, honey and lemon infused scotch cocktail, Revenge of the Bees, and it’s safe to say that you’ll have fun no matter what you order here.

HOUSE-MADE INGREDIENTS

Weslodge

What to order: Tobacco Manhattan

The bright yellow doors of this swanky saloon on King Street are hard to miss. Push through and make your way to one of their comfy leather booths before ordering a Tobacco Manhattan to sip on.

Order this cocktail by the bottle or the glass and enjoy the warm hug of this bourbon forward cocktail, which features Weslodge’s house-made tobacco tincture. Used similarly to bitters, tinctures are alcohol extracts that provide interesting flavours. Sweet cherries provide the perfect balance to this powerful cocktail that packs a heated punch.

Bourbon, not your thing? No problem, you can discover their drink specials during Happy Hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday.

SHAKEN COCKTAILS

Cold Tea Bar

What to order: Grace Park

Hidden inside an indoor shopping area in Kensington Market, Cold Tea makes you forget what time of day it is. There are no signs except for a red light at the end of the alleyway to let you know that you have arrived at one of the best cocktail bars in Toronto.

You can order any of the classic cocktails, such as a Grace Park or a La Flama Blanca, but the best feature of this local hot spot is that they can whip up whatever you’re in the mood for. Let the bartender mesmerize your senses by telling them what flavours you’re looking for.

There is always a party at Cold Tea, even on Sunday afternoons, so you are almost guaranteed to have fun.

Le Swan

What to order: Provence

Le Swan is an intimate affair and if you are able, grab a seat by the bar and watch the bartenders put on a show.

Order a Provence and wake up to the bitter punch of gin and fresh oregano as you marvel at the changes made to what was once a famous Toronto diner in Queen West. Enjoy the whimsical touches and attention to detail at this French diner while sipping on the perfect after-work cocktail.

HOLIDAY COCKTAILS

Miracle on Ossington

What to order: Gingerbread Flip

Toronto is getting a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar for the second year, but the location has moved to the Ossington area. This year, Miracle will be housed inside a vacant space at 146 Ossington Ave, which will be transformed into a Christmas-y wonderland complete with kitschy holiday décor, twinkling lights, festive cocktails, and hot drinks served in Santa mugs. Even the Grinch couldn’t resist enjoying a tipple or two at this pop-up event.

Miracle Christmas Pop Up on Ossington
Miracle On Ossington

About the Author

Yashy Murphy is a Digital Marketing Professional who has called downtown Toronto home for the last 13 years. A girl about town, she refuses to let go of her pre-baby lifestyle and continues to travel and explore everything there is to do in Toronto with kids. You can follow her adventures, and misadventures, on Baby & Life, where you’ll also find inspiration on where to eat, drink and have fun in Toronto.

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