In the midst of another shivering Boston winter, the city’s most progressive and inventive bartenders are making the season a little nicer. Check out our list below of the best winter cocktails in Boston.
NATURAL SELECTION AT ALDEN & HARLOW
Named one of the best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and featured in The Huffington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and more, Alden & Harlow has quickly become a favorite spot since it opened in 2014. Try the Natural Selection cocktail—mezcal, blood orange, mace, batavia arrack & lime. Also, be sure to take a stroll through Harvard Square while you’re in the area.
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
THE HILL EGGNOG AT 21ST AMENDMENT
Just around the corner from the Boston Common and only a ten-minute walk from the Boxer, The 21st Amendment offers an all-American menu of burgers, steak, salads, pizza and more, and is loved for its laidback atmosphere. The eggnog cocktail, made with Jameson’s Irish whisky, eggnog and nutmeg, is just right for a winter evening.
150 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA 02108
WHITE WITCH AT THE LITTLE DONKEY
The Little Donkey, founded by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, opened its doors in the summer of 2016. Serving small plates with an international flair, this Central Square newcomer landed the accolade of best restaurant of the year from the Boston Globe. Pair your tapas with the White Witch—gin, luxardo bitter bianco, lemon and chamomile.
505 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
SPICED PUMPKIN MARTINI AT TOP OF THE HUB
Enjoy a 360-degree view of Boston with one of the speciality cocktails from Top of the Hub, the restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center. In addition to the stunning view and live jazz, the restaurant has an extensive cocktail menu—try the spiced pumpkin ice coffee, created with pumpkin vodka, coffee liquor, espresso, light cream and garnished with nutmeg. If you’re looking for an elegant evening, you can’t beat the ambiance of the Hub.
800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
MINT COOKIE AT CAFFE VITTORIA
The first Italian cafe to open in Boston, Caffe Vittoria has been serving the North End of Boston with pastries, coffee and drinks since 1929. Stay warm with the Mint Cookie, made with hot cocoa, Bailey’s mint and peppermint schnapps—one of the cafe’s specialty drinks. Also, make sure to try a pastry when you visit. It’s only a ten-minute walk from the Boxer.