Written by Sarah Gelber a food blogger at www.207foodie.com:
If you’re going to make eating and drinking outside a thing in January, you need to stay warm doing it! The best solution? Hot boozy cocktails of course! Keep reading for a few can’t miss hot boozy cocktails in Portland that epitomizes the way life should be!
1. Daily Hot Toddy: Izakaya Minato, 54 Washington Ave
It’s definitely a bonus when you can enjoy your hot boozy cocktails in Portland somewhere warm outside, and thankfully, Izakaya Minato has outdoor seating that includes heaters! But almost nothing beats the feeling of a hot cocktail in your hand, and this chai hot toddy is one you shouldn’t miss.
The chai hot toddy may not be available but Izakaya Minato is offering a daily hot toddy, so you’ll be able to order something that’s warm!
If the chai hot toddy is on the menu, it’s a nice choice for anyone that loves things on the slightly sweeter side, but the chai flavor has a little spice, so you’ll stay warm. If you’ve never enjoyed Izakaya Minato, you owe it to yourself to order their JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken) because it is life-changing.
You won’t find chicken like this anywhere else in Portland!
2. Extreme Hot Chocolate Board: The Yard, 82 Hanover Street, Suite 7
Looking for a hot boozy cocktail that will knock the socks off of everyone around you? That includes anyone on social media as well!
You’ll find exactly that with the Extreme Hot Chocolate Board at The Yard. These hot chocolate boards are about as extra as it gets, and bonus points if you also happen to snag a reservation for one of the igloos that The Yard has available as well.
You’ll be in a literal winter wonderland if you can enjoy your Extreme Hot Chocolate Board inside of one of their igloos! It’s sweet, decadent, and it might be a little much for one person to enjoy on their own, so bring along someone to share it with.
Don’t forget to take a picture because otherwise, nobody will believe you ordered one of these insane boards! Not feeling an Extreme Hot Chocolate Board?
The Yard has plenty of other great hot boozy cocktails to choose from, so just ask your server what they recommend!
3. Aztec Xoco: Novare Res Bier Cafe, 4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1
When it comes to staying warm in January, it’s hard to go wrong with a little boozy hot chocolate in hand. Luckily, Novare Res has several different kinds of boozy hot cocktail cocoa available for enjoying in their beautiful outdoor space, making it easy to social distance and stay warm around a fire pit.
If you want to add a little spice to your evening, the Aztec Xoco is a perfect choice! With Mexican spices and a kick of Espolòn Blanco Tequila, you’ll stay toasty warm drinking this delicious beverage by the fire!
Novare also has plenty of draught craft beer, so even if you don’t feel like having a hot beverage, you can still savor your beer. Don’t forget to check-in inside before taking a seat outside!
4. Hot Boozy Cider: Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier, 60 Portland Pier
Keep in mind, Luke’s Lobster is on the pier so it’s colder and windier. Bundle up! If you feel like you’re wearing enough layers (hat and gloves are a good idea since it’s Maine in the winter) then try the hot boozy cider.
It’s got cinnamon bitters, cloves, and it’s hot so there’s not much more you could want. The $3 fish chowder is a nice bonus for those that enjoy chowder and want to have it right by the ocean!
Make it a meal by ordering the lobster grilled cheese or a lobster roll. This is one of the advantages of living in Maine: you can order lobster year round because there’s no “season” for lobster here.
5. Hot Wassail: Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington Ave
For many people, wassail is something that sounds vaguely familiar, but they can’t quite put their finger on it! Wassail is actually a drink and you’ve probably heard of it in a few Christmas carols!
There’s a lot more to the tradition but essentially, people would go around drinking from door to door as they were also caroling. Interesting that you can now get your hot wassail from Maine Craft Distilling, isn’t it?
Wassail sounds a little silly but at the end of the day, it’s like a hot mulled wine and it’s delicious! MCD’s allows you to choose what kind of alcohol to add.
The Fifty Stone Whiskey is a lovely pairing to keep you warm if you choose a heated hut or a fire pit! There’s plenty of food to choose from as well, like the fried chicken sandwich or some nachos, since sitting by the fire and drinking is sure to make you hungry.
Tried other hot boozy cocktails in Portland this winter that you loved? Share your experiences in the comments!