January 8, 2021 — This Monday, January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day, and local restaurants are gearing up to celebrate the holiday with their own takes on the classic cocktail. Keep warm and toasty while dining outdoors or grabbing cocktails to-go with these steaming sippers from the list below.
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Start your National Hot Toddy Day at Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, where they are offering guests an aromatic Tea Blossom Toddy featuring a blooming tea flower. Made with Kinsey Rye Whiskey, Jasmine Infused Maple Syrup, grapefruit and rosemary bitters, and garnished with an expressed grapefruit peel, this steamy brew is now available at the Art in the Age bar to enjoy in the outdoor seating area during opening hours of Wednesday to Sunday from 12 – 6pm.
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East Passyunk Avenue, home to over 150 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, has a slew of restaurants and bars offering the classic winter cocktail available for outdoor dining and on the go. First stop on the Avenue is Cantina Los Caballitos where they have crafted a Tequila Toddy made up of Corralejo Añejo, Grand Marnier, lemon, orange juice, agave, and cinnamon sticks ($12). Down the road at Pub on Passyunk East (POPE) check out their super popular Rum Hot Toddy consisting of Goslings dark rum, lemon, sage ginger honey, and clove ($10). Lastly, Manatawny Still Works offers a twist on the traditional Hot Toddy with their Hot Spiked Cider composed of honey whiskey, lemon, cinnamon, and star anise ($13).
Check out the respective businesses’ websites for opening hours.
MilkBoy, The Philadelphia-born brand that includes a legendary recording studio in Northern Liberties and bar-and-restaurant concepts MilkBoy Philly and MilkBoy South Street, has transformed their 4th and South location into a roofed and heated streetery dubbed ‘Rock Salt’ fit with hot cocktails including a Rock ‘n’ Rye Toddy with Rock and Rye, honey, lemon, and clove ($13). In honor of National Hot Toddy Day, MilkBoy South Street is offering half off Toddies priced at just $6 all week long.
Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4 – 10pm, and Friday through Sunday 11am – 10pm.
Old City’s Red Owl Tavern, right across the street from Independence Hall and just a stone’s throw from area attractions, is celebrating National Hot Toddy Day all week long. Folks looking to warm up with a toasty spiked beverage should hit up Red Owl Tavern, now offering a week-long Hot Toddy Special, with all hot toddies available for just $5 from Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15.
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 12 – 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday 12 – 8pm, Friday 12 – 9pm, and Saturday 4 – 9pm. Weekend brunch available on Saturday from 8am – 4pm, and Sunday from 7:30am – 1pm.
Rex 1516, Philadelphia’s go-to for elevated Southern cuisine, is combating the winter weather with their version of the Hot Toddy with Bonfire at the Orchard composed of Cruzan dark rum, Laird’s bonded apple brandy, St. George pear brandy, cinnamon-clove compound butter, raw cane sugar, and garnished with nutmeg ($12). This hot beverage is sure to warm you up this season!
Opening hours: Open daily from 5 – 10pm.
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The folks at Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, have their signature Toddy on the menu that is a fan favorite among locals and tourists alike. The Farm Toddy is made up of bourbon, Allspice Dram, honey, lemon, and chamomile ($15). Come for their top notch steaks, and stay for the yummy libations.
Opening hours: Tuesday through Saturday 4 – 9pm.