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Cozy up to these hot cocktails

While we may not have blizzards and sub-zero wind chills here in San Diego, lower temps and chilly breezes off of the Pacific waters do cause a sun-loving local to have the shivers.

Whether you are pulling on a Patagonia pullover or wrapping up in a plaid blanket scarf, the operative word becomes “cozy.” And what better way to stave off the chillbumps than with a locally crafted hot cocktail?

PACIFIC sought out the coziest concoctions from hot toddies and coffee cocktails to hot chocolate and buttered rum to warm both your heart and your fingers and toes.

Madison

For anyone wanting to test their cocktail-making chops, try the Build Your Own Hot Toddy for a warm winter delight. Guests select one item out of each of three categories: spirit, sweetener, and citrus/fruit. To take the drink to the next level, choose from Elijah Craig Bourbon, 1776 Rye Whiskey, El Dorado 8YR Rum, and Del Maguey Vida Mezcal. Sweeten the pot with either pecan wood smoked maple syrup, Giffard Peach, or pure local honey. Then finish off the masterpiece with a citrus/fruit including lemon, lime, pineapple and grapefruit.

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4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566, madisononpark.com

Madison

Build Your Own Hot Toddy at Madison on Park.

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The Prado

Head to Balboa Park during the winter months for smaller crowds and cozy trips to the museums. Finish the day off with The Prado’s own Campfire Hot Chocolate, crafted with Patron XO, Los Javis mezcal, and spicy hot chocolate. You’ll want to snuggle up in their bar all afternoon. 

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441, cohnrestaurants.com/theprado

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Hundred Proof

Bartender Stephen Kurpinsky takes it old school with the Hundred Proof Hot Toddy with good ol’ Wild Turkey, ginger, honey, lime and black tea.

4130 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.501.6404, hundredproofsd.com

Hundred Proof

The Hundred Proof Hot Toddy.

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Jeune et Jolie

Take on the winter New Orleans-style with the Café Brûlot, which involves the act of pouring coffee into a preheated bowl with brandy, orange liqueur, a clove-studded orange peel, cinnamon, sugar and lemon zest.

2659 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5266, jeune-jolie.com

Death By Tequila

For a caffeinated shot to the system (and possibly the arteries), try the Mexican Bullet Coffee, a traditional Mexicali recipe with coffee, salt, butter and agave whirled together in a blender until frothy, then dosed with a shot of reposado tequila. So the question is, which is the bullet, the tequila or the butter?

569 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.782.2240, deathbytequila.com

Campfire

For a twist on the traditional Irish coffee, take on the No Guts No Glory with courage. This cocktail is crafted with bourbon, house cold-smoked demerara sugar, Steady State coffee, and hand shaken cream.

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2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121, thisiscampfire.com 

Charles + Dinorah

Bar Manager TJ Majeske keeps his grandmother’s recipe top secret with his Norwegian hot buttered rum. Served in a mug, it’s a nod to traditions and the comfort of family and friends. 

1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100, thepearlsd.com/dining

Charles + Dinorah

Charles + Dinorah’s Norwegian hot buttered rum.

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Provisional Kitchen at Pendry San Diego

For those who love all things hazelnut (yes, I’m looking at you Nutella fanatics), stop into the Pendry for a warm Caffe Nocciole, made with hot coffee, toasted hazelnut syrup and Frangelico liqueur. If you work downtown, this makes for a perfect cold afternoon pick me up.

425 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.738.7300, pendryhotels.com/san-diego/dining/provisional

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant

Golf fans will enjoy grabbing a Chip Shot coffee cocktail at the Rancho Bernardo Inn after a round. No fancy-schmanzy ingredients here, just hot coffee, Bailey’s and Tuaca topped with whipped cream.

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo, 888.281.7938, ranchobernardoinn.com/dine/veranda-fireside-lounge

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Catania

Warming up the traditional winter drink with a Sicilian twist, this ocean-view restaurant serves up an Italian Egg Nog. Using chai-infused vodka, Averna (the first and only amaro from Sicily), cinnamon syrup, orange bitters, a whole egg, and topped with grated nutmeg, it’s a beautiful wintry way to look out over the Pacific.

7863 Girard Ave. #301, La Jolla, 858.551.5105, cataniasd.com

Catania

Catania’s Italian Egg Nog.

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