Nothing can warm you up quite like winter’s quintessential beverage: hot chocolate. From ultra-decadent cups to tequila-infused ones, these palate-pleasing offerings are sure to warm up even the most frigid day of the year.
Poste Moderne Brasserie’s hot cocoa might be too hot to handle. Literally. The restaurant’s Holey Moley cocktail is created using spiced hot chocolate (made with chili pepper and cinnamon) mixed with tequila and topped with whipped cream and chili sprinkle. $14. 555 8th St. NW, 202-783-6060
Boss Shepherd’s molten hot chocolate will make cocoa lovers swoon. Served with two homemade chocolate chip cookies, the drink is made with bittersweet and caramel Belgian chunks melted into steamed hot milk. For an extra kick, add a single shot of John Bowman single barrel bourbon. $7-$14. 513 13th St. NW, 202-347-2677
Offering a Mexican take on the drink, Cuba Libre makes its hot cocoa by grating chocolate tablets and mixing them with Cuban coffee and steamed milk, finishing off the drink with a coconut rum and rum cream. $8. 801 9th St. NW, 202-408-1600
If you prefer your chocolate with a hint of orange, the Chocolat Doré å l’Orange is for you. Frangelico, Cointreau, Creme de Cacao liqueur, Nutella, and vanilla almond milk are shaken, strained, heated, and served in a glass lined with melted and crushed dark chocolate. 5455 Wisconsin Ave., 301-961-1644