The best adult beverages to consume during the winter days and nights.
Sometimes a cold winter day demands a steaming mug of hot chocolate spiked with something stronger than just sugar. Steer your sled to the just-opened Quadrant Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton (1150 22nd St. NW, 202-835-0500) to sip a quintet of spirit-amped selections, including one infused with the flavors of Virginia ham (yes, really). The appropriately named The Chocolate Fire at Food, Wine & Co. (7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-8008) gets its spark from Fireball cinnamon whisky. And in-house customers at Tryst (2459 18th St. NW, 202-232-5500) can order the cinnamon and cayenne–pepped Mexican hot chocolate with a shot of tequila or a spike of smoky mezcal.