At the time she was preparing her bar menu, mixologist Molly Finnegan felt under the weather and uninspired. After a 2 a.m. brainstorming session, this sensational hot toddy improved both her cold and her drink list.
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson created this ultrarich hot chocolate topped with coconut cream for his partner Bobby Stuckey’s wife, Danette, who has a sweet tooth. “At Frasca, we make a lot of desserts with chocolate or coconut, so we just kept going and came up with this drink,” says Lachlan.
Ken Oringer preheats the Thermos he uses to transport his deliciously spiced cider by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Pouring the mulled cider into a Thermos that’s already warm helps keep the drink hot.
Chef Andrew Zimmerman grew up eating fluffy donuts in New Jersey, but now he favors churros—hot, crispy fried Spanish crullers. Zimmerman pipes the dough into a ribbed spiral, then coats the churros in crunchy sugar and cinnamon. They’re perfect for dipping into hot chocolate.
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito firmly believe that homemade hot chocolate is superior to any commercial mix. They make their decadent version with both bittersweet and milk chocolate and then top it with marshmallows that they make and sell at Baked.
Sebastian Reaburn loves lemon and butter together (“they’re yummy and rich”), and this drink is one of his favorite incarnations of the pairing. “It’s like a hot buttered rum mixed with a lemon tart. The citrus pieces get softened by the heat and mellowed by the sugar and butter; they’re delicious to nibble on at the end of the drink.” Reaburn sometimes varies the Hot Buttered Lemon by adding cloves and fresh ginger, which give it “a little zing.”