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3 Warm Cocktails That Are Perfect for Winter

Room-temperature cocktails are so hot right now


Bartenders will tell you a great cocktail needs great ice—the right shape and clarity can transform a drink. But cocktails got their start without it, back in the 19th century before mechanical refrigeration was invented. These days, they’re often called “hotel-room cocktails,” a reference, some say, to traveling salesmen who’d prepare drinks in their hotel rooms in the days before ice machines. Others say the name’s more recent, coined by traveling cocktail aficionados who eschew hotel ice. Namesake history aside, these room-temperature cocktails are potent and perfect for cooler weather.

Here are three tepid tipples to try in San Diego:

The Bellman @ Starlite
This smooth, rich concoction is made with rye whiskey, brandy, Swedish Punsch, Peychaud’s, and black walnut bitters.
3175 India Street, Middletown

The Soprano @ Cusp
Ardbeg 10-year single malt scotch provides a smoky base, with cognac and Cusp’s house-made peach brandywine providing subtle sweetness. Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and lemon balance it all out.
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla

The Ringleader @ Cucina Urbana
Sazerac fans will dig this variation, made with rye whiskey, Cardamaro, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and pastis.
505 Laurel Street, Bankers Hill

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