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web-earl-grey-tea-cocktailCold Nights, Hot Drinks -- To help you through the colder nights this winter, 1905 Bistro & Bar has three special winter warmers for $12 each. The offerings include TEMPT NOT A DESPERATE MAN (bourbon, earl grey, demerara syrup with roasted winter citrus, clove, allspice), NOT STEPPING OVER THE BOUNDS OF MODESTY (smoked almond and salt washed dark rum, brown sugar, butter) and FOR YOU & I ARE PAST OUR DANCING DAYS (gin, orange marmalade and steeped pink peppercorns, lemon). (1905 9 St NW; 202.332.1905; 1905dc.com) eggnog-7-600Let's Call This "Fancy Eggnog" -- 1789 Restaurant showcases a hot buttered rum (brown butter-infused rum, warm spiced apple cider, cinnamon, whipped cream) and classic eggnog (whole milk, heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, rum extract, nutmeg, almond extract, cloves, guar guam, Lambda Carrageenan) this winter. In a unique twist, the eggnog is prepared sous-vide by placing it in a zip-close bag before being submerged in an immersion circulated water bath and cooked at 162 Fahrenheit for ten minutes, then served chilled and topped with freshly grated nutmeg.  Both cocktails are priced at $13 and available through December. (1226 36 Street NW; 1789Restaurant.com) bedtime-treatsWarming Things Up – All Set Restaurant & Bar presents a seasonal cocktail special sure to warm things up as the temperature drops. Enjoy All Set's version of a classic hot toddy with house-made chai tea syrup, lemon juice, house infused cinnamon whiskey, and a splash of Falernum for $5. (8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD; 301.495.8800; allsetrestaurant.com) apple-cider-hot-toddy-6801A Balkan Winter -- Ambar’s Capitol Hill location offers a special warmer cocktail from the Ŝumadija region of Serbia, which is known for producing the best quality rakia.  The $10 Ŝumadija Hot Toddy is made with a combination of sugar, slivovitz (plum brandy), Becherovka (Eastern European herbal liqueur) and water then garnished with a cinnamon stick and star anise. The festive drink is typically served on Balkan (Orthodox) Christmas Eve as a part of the holiday celebration. (523 8 Street SE; 202.813.3039; ambarrestaurant.com) Holiday Drinks and Festive Menus -- Get into the spirit with holiday cocktails at the festive Bar Dupont. Among the wintery specials: Ginger Bread Martini (Gold tequila, Midori melon liqueur, Ginger bread syrup, pineapple juice); Aperol Alexander (Aperol, white crème de cacao, heavy cream); Ryesing Star (Rittenhouse rye whiskey, yellow chartreuse, D.O.M. Benedictine, lime juice); Sweet Escape (Marshmallow vodka, baileys, Frangelico, heavy cream, cookie crumble). (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.483.6000; doylecollection.com/hotels/the-dupont-circle-hotel/dining) toddyToddy Al Fresco -- Blackwall Hitch has debuted its new warming cocktail for the winter months. The Earl’s Honey Toddy, made from a combination of Cognac, Honey Jack and Earl Grey syrup, is priced at $13 and can be enjoyed at the bar, in the dining room, or on the restaurant’s rear patio, which offers magnificent views overlooking the Potomac River and will be tented throughout the winter months. (5 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.6090; theblackwallhitch.com) Spiced Cocktails -- Blue Duck Tavern and Lounge has two unique warming cocktails perfect for the season. Priced at $15 each, the Rittenhouse Rye is made from a combination of yuzu, mulled wine, simple syrup and egg white, while the Chartreuse Hot Toddy is made with green chartreuse, genmaicha-infused gin, toasted cardamom, and lime. Both libations are part of the restaurant’s newly unveiled winter cocktail menu, which highlights popular spirits two ways, shaken or stirred, including tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and rye. Other cocktails include apple-infused Ocho Reposado tequila stirred with cinnamon infused mezcal, yellow chartreuse, and jalapeño bitters and roasted apple-infused Ocho Reposado tequila shaken with yuzu, jalapeno bitters, rosemary shrub, and honey simple syrup. (24 and M St NW; 202.419.6755; blueducktavern.com) 25 Cocktails Of Christmas -- Bibiana Osteria Enoteca is feelin’ festive with 23 new seasonally-inspired drinks as a countdown to December 25. Among the $12 libations are Eggnog, with a Twist (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez sherry, Bénédictine, grated nutmeg, served with a ginger cookie); the Christmas Buck (Becherovka, house made ginger beer, cassis); the Belladonna (Gold Rum, house Black Rock Farms apple cider, Harney & Sons cranberry). (1100 New York Ave NW; 202.216.9550; bibianadc.com) 12 Days Of Cocktails -- Move over partridge in a pear tree, BOURBON STEAK at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is ushering in the holidays with 12 Days of Cocktails! Through Christmas Eve, the bar and lounge will showcase a different cocktail each night, including  Gin Hot Toddy (Barr Hill gin, Drambuie, black tea, cinnamon, lemon, orange) and Egg Grog 2.0 (rum, cognac, bourbon, heavy cream, brown sugar, organic egg, cane syrup, nutmeg). In the spirit of giving, a portion of proceeds from any drink ordered during these 12 days will go to Four Seasons Washington’s Hands of Hospitality initiative to provide toys for local children in foster care. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.944.2026; bourbonsteakdc.com) Pumpkin spice coffee with whipped cream and caramelSpicing Up Pumpkin – Drink the special Pumpkin Spice Café Cuba Libre this winter.  Made from a combination of Monin pumpkin spice syrup, Cuban coffee, steamed coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon, the Pumpkin Spice Café Cuba Libre is priced at $5 on its own and $10 as part of a dessert & coffee combo when paired with one of the restaurant’s classic desserts: Mami Totty’s arroz con leche, Cuban flan, or the banana bread caramelo. Add a shot of spiced rum for an additional $8. (801 9 Street NW; 202.408.1600; cubalibrerestaurant.com) Cosy Fireside Cocktails – Enjoy a special menu of hot cocktails, all $10, at Jack Rose Dining Saloon all winter long. Try Chocolate Without Borders (a collaboration with nearby Pleasant Pops), Chai My Buns (Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, chai tea, soy milk, simple syrup, topped with a warm, iced cinnamon bun), Hazed and Confused (hazelnut coffee-infused Bulleit Bourbon, Giffards Vanille de Madagascar, orange bitters), spiked apple cider, and more. (2007 18 Street NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com) irish-coffee-mugsWarding Off Winter -- Imbibe hot libations to ward off the cool winter nights at Legal Sea Foods. Sip an Irish coffee (Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey, coffee, Demerara sugar, cream); hot toddy (LSP Barrel-elected Eagle Rare 10 Year bourbon, honey, lemon, cloves); hot buttered rum (English Harbour 5 Year and Plantation Original Dark rums, Spice Box syrup, butter, nutmeg); and the Honey Apple Warmer (Bärenjäger Honey liqueur, Laird's Applejack, Spice Box syrup, citrus, cloves). Cocktails range from $8 to $10 and are available throughout the winter months at all four DC-area locations. (704 7 Street NW; 202.347.0007 // Tysons Galleria in Mclean, VA; 703.827.8900 // 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Crystal City, Arlington, VA; 703.415.1200 // National Hall within Ronald Reagan National Airport; 571.551.5988 // legalseafoods.com) Cheers To George Washington -- George Washington’s Mount Vernon now has two new items available for the “impossible to shop for” on your list: the George Washington Whiskey Gift Set and George Washington Special Reserve Madeira Wine! Both products are available for purchase in-person only at The Shops at Mount Vernon. The George Washington Whiskey Gift Set includes a 50ml mini bottle of George Washington’s Rye Whiskey and a commemorative shot glass. The whiskey, distilled at Mount Vernon’s reconstructed distillery, uses Washington’s recipe for rye whiskey. The George Washington Special Reserve Madeira Wine, produced in Madeira, Portugal, is available exclusively at The Shops at Mount Vernon for $64. This very special Madeira pays homage to the “rich old” style of Madeira that Washington loved. (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA; 703.780.2000; mountvernon.org) Eggnog Allen Poe -- The bar team at The Riggsby has created a special aged eggnog for the season called Eggnog Allen Poe ($12). It’s a festive blend of three varieties of alcohol with heavy cream, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg infused whole milk, aged for six weeks. The liquors include Ron Zacapa for rich molasses, Remy 1738 for vanilla and fall fruit notes and Wild Turkey 101 for nuttiness. (1731 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.787.1500; theriggsby.com) sweet-southing-chili-cinnamon-hot-toddy-with-bourbon-and-lemon-just-7-ingredients-and-naturally-sweetened-veganSmoky Libations – The Rye Bar showcases four warm cocktails this winter. New additions to the cocktail menu include the Rye Bar Smoked Coffee (mezcal, rye whiskey, a shot of espresso, Pedro Ximénez sherry, brown sugar and hot water, topped with freshly whipped cream and garnished with medium shaves of spicy dark chocolate); the Applishion (hot apple cider infused with cinnamon sticks, cloves, fruit, and star anise, Redemption rye, and Cappelletti); eggnog (eggs, granulated sugar, half and half, cinnamon, nutmeg, Redemption Rye, dark rum, allspice dram and PX, served chilled and garnished with grated nutmeg); as well as a hot toddy for two (Buffalo trace bourbon, hot water, honey syrup, lemon juice, rosemary springs, ginger, lemon peel, orange peel, Chamomile tea infused in a hot siphon). Each cocktail is $18 and available throughout the winter months. (1050 31 Street NW; 202.617.2425; rosewoodhotels.com/en/washington-dc/dining/the-rye-bar) Hot Toddys – Rosewood Washington, DC’s The Rye Bar has debuted a seasonal cocktail list paired with a light fare menu of oysters, cheeses, and more. Priced at $18 each, cocktails include Hot Toddy (hot siphon infusion made with cloves, cinnamon stick, lemon peel, water, honey, lemon juice, bourbon); Fortified Maple (barrel-aged maple syrup, port, rye); Smoked Apple (rye whiskey, PX sherry, smoked apple syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters, Angostura bitters); Bitter Sweet (Amaro Lucano, Redemption rye, house made ginger syrup, lemon juice, simple syrup); and more. (1050 31 St NW; 202.617.2425; rosewoodhotels.com) Holiday Shakes – Shake Shack serves up festive drinks through January 1—try the brownie batter hot chocolate ($3.89, bittersweet dark chocolates and rich fudge sauce, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles) or a trio of holiday shakes, including pumpkin pie ($5.79, Four & Twenty Blackbirds pumpkin pie blended with vanilla frozen custard topped whipped cream and spiced pie crumble), Christmas cookie ($5.79, sugar cookie frozen custard topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles), and chocolate peppermint ($5.79, chocolate frozen custard blended with peppermint and topped with whipped cream and chocolate peppermint candy crumble). (1216 18 St NW; 202.683.9921; shakeshack.com) Winter Pick-Me-Ups -- Through winter, Doron Petersan's vegan bakery Sticky Fingers and plant-based diner Fare Well offer peppermint hot chocolate made with Kahlua and topped with marshmallows and peppermint candy ($10). The cocktail is a boozy, dairy-free version of your favorite childhood winter warmer. (406 H St. NE; 202.367.9600; eatfarewell.com) Champagne Campaign To Support MS Research – Through the end of December, the new Tredici Enoteca at The St. Gregory Hotel offers the Champagne Campaign as part of its opening festivities. Enjoy premier Champagnes: Moët Imperial Reserve; Veuve Clicquot Rose, and Dom Perignon 2004, available by the glass and half glass.  Prices range from $9-$12 for a half glass, or 3.17-ounce pour, and from $18-$24 for a full glass, or 6.17-ounce pour. One dollar for every glass of Champagne purchased will be donated to the National MS Society. (2033 M St NW; 202.530.3600; tredicidc.com) Gourmet Hot Chocolate -- Savor the holiday season at Westend Bistro with three globally-inspired hot chocolates plus toppings. Sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy sumptuous hot chocolate during the day and hot chocolate with a "kick" in the evening. Available through December. (1150 22 St NW; 202.974.5566; westendbistrodc.com) Festive Cocktails -- Warm up this holiday with a festive cocktail at Willard InterContinental Washington, DC’s Round Robin Bar. Cocktails include holiday favorites like Jingle Bell Julep (fresh mint, triple sec, mixed fruit liquor), Round Robin Hot Noggin Eggnog (bourbon and orange liquor, Webster’s hot buttered rum with Cointreau, bourbon, black tea), Winter Therapy (chocolate and mint-infused elixir, Harrison’s Spiced Cider). (1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW: 202.628.9100; washington.intercontinental.com)