The cold weather is no reason to reign in the drinking – if anything, cocktails are the perfect tonic to the biting frost outside. If you’re after something even more warming than a beer jacket or don’t fancy a glass of crushed ice in your hand, try a hot cocktail from some of Beijing’s cosy drinking spots.
After Eight hot chocolate
A grown-up hot chocolate is the classic cold weather treat, but we’re particularly into the minty rendition at Mesh
at The Opposite House
(68RMB). Valrhona dark chocolate meets crème de menthe for a creamy but punchy bedtime beverage.
Goji Berry Blazer
The cocktail connoisseurs at The Black Moth
know a thing or two about mixing things up. The berry blazer (100RMB) mixes black tea, goji syrup and flaming white and dark rum for one of the smoothest storms in a teacup we’ve had in a long time, or ever.
With Hawaiian vibes being slung all year round, The Tiki Bungalow
is about is far from the bleak midwinter as you can find in the hutongs. This year, they’ve come up with three smokin’ hot cocktails to warm your cockles with. Our favourite is the Kraken Cove hot buttered rum (60RMB), which is made from a spiced butter mix that’s packed with assorted spices and brown sugar.