February 3, 2021 — This Sunday, January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite steaming mugs of cocoa (booze optional) in and around Philadelphia. Check out the details below to get the most delicious hot chocolate in Philadelphia!
Assembly Rooftop Lounge, the luxurious rooftop bar and lounge overlooking Logan Square, has a hot chocolate ideal for imbibers with a sweet tooth: The Peanut Butter and Chocolate, comprised of peanut butter whiskey, peanut butter, milk chocolate ganache, milk, and topped with fluffy marshmallow, will be available for $15 all winter long.
Bluebird Distilling, the craft distillery located in Phoenixville, will be whipping up a Thai Spiced Hot Chocolate. This velvety hot chocolate, steeped with coconut and a blend of spices including cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and star anise, for $10 with booze, or $5 without, will be available all season long. The experts at Bluebird Distilling recommend vodka or bourbon for the boozy element – But imbibers are welcome to choose any spirit!
Café Ynez, the Mexico City-inspired all-day diner on Washington Avenue, is offering a piping Hot Chocolate for just $3. Made with Mexican spiced chocolate and perfect for all ages, chilly imbibers won’t want to miss out on this deal, available all winter.
Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has whipped up a recipe for Black Forest Hot Cocoa perfect for getting toasty at home.
- 1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
- .75 oz Cherry Liquor
- 4 oz Hot Chocolate
Garnish: Marshmallow, Whipped Cream, Dusting of Cocoa; optional deep red cherry
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a mug, stir, top with garnishes
Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist
Over on East Passyunk Avenue, guests can enjoy hot chocolates from several bars and restaurants: Cantina Los Caballitos is currently offering a Mexican Hot Chocolate, made with chili and cinnamon and topped with marshmallows, for $11 with booze, and $6 without. Guests can choose to add tequila and Kahlua, or keep it classic and alcohol-free for all ages to enjoy! This hot deal is available on the patio, or for take-out.
Black and Brew is serving up both a Classic and a Mexican Hot Chocolate. The Classic Hot Chocolate ($3.55) is crafted with steamed milk, Hershey’s chocolate and topped with sprinkled cocoa and whipped cream, while the Mexican Hot Chocolate ($4.30) boasts added espresso, cinnamon, chili powder, and cocoa powder.
Those looking to try the recent Hot Chocolate “Bomb” trend can check out custom-made Hot Chocolate Bombs ($4) from Favors and Flavors that, when placed into hot liquid, burst to release rich chocolate and marshmallows. Additionally, at Fuel, imbibers can choose from three flavors of Hot Chocolate Bombs ($5) including Classic Hot Cocoa with marshmallows, Vegan Cocoa topped with vegan marshmallows, or a Swiss Mocha Hot Chocolate made with freshly brewed coffee. Available for pickup, delivery, or through the Fuel app.
For a delicious vegan option, passersby on the Avenue are invited to try a steaming cup of all-vegan Oat Milk Hot Cocoa ($13) from Manatawny. This all-natural sipper is spiked with Manatawny-made Small Batch Aged Rum, dark chocolate cocoa powder, and topped with vegan marshmallows.
Check out the respective businesses’ websites for opening hours.
This Sunday, Fond, the acclaimed contemporary American restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue, will offer chilly guests a dairy-free Coconut Hot Chocolate brewed with cinnamon marshmallows and butterscotch for $5 – or — $10 with whiskey!
Both Fond and its recurring bake-sale pop-up will be open Sunday from 10 am-7 pm.
Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s “global vineyard” and beautiful outdoor garden located on South Street, is serving up a sizzling Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate for $12.50. Crafted with Silver Tequila, Abuelita Chocolate, milk, and Ancho Chile liqueur, this festive imbibement is an ideal belly-warmer for a cold day.
Menagerie Coffee, located inside of The Bourse Food Hall in Old City, is offering a frothy Hot Chocolate made with Omanhene chocolate, a single origin cocoa powder from Ghana, and steamed milk. When made with Maplehofe Dairy whole milk, this not-too-sweet sipper goes for $4 plus tax; or, to sub in Oatly brand oat milk, $5 plus tax. Available during shop hours on Wednesdays through Saturdays.
MilkBoy South Street, the branch of the iconic Philly brand currently offering outdoor dining in its cozy, music-themed streetery aptly dubbed Rock Salt, is offering a week-long special on a bevy of boozy hot chocolates ($13-$15)! Steamy sippers available include S’more Please, with Kahlua, Caramel Liquor, salt, topped with marshmallows; Peanut Butter Sundae, crafted with Screwball Whiskey, Bailey’s, and more.
Red Owl Tavern, the neighborly yet sophisticated tavern on Independence Mall, is offering a signature S’mores Hot Cocoa at a special price of just $5 on Sunday, January 31 – But the delicious drink, made with graham cracker infused rum, brown butter-infused whiskey, house-made dark hot chocolate, oat milk, and topped With Marshmallow Chantilly Cream and Toasted marshmallow, will also be during the week of February 1 for $14.
Rex 1516, the elegant Southern-inspired restaurant on South Street, is celebrating National Hot Chocolate Day with a delicious chocolatey concoction known as the Whiskey, Whipped & Spice ($11). This steamy sipper is made with Old Forester Bourbon, Chocolate Syrup, Amaro di Angostura, hot water, and a dollop orange liqueur whipped cream — All dusted with ancho Chile sugar-salt for a mouth-tingling garnish.
Urban Farmer, the farm-to-table restaurant adjacent to the Logan Hotel, offers guests a Spiked Hot Chocolate ($15) made with aged rum, Meletti, ganache, and fresh milk, all topped with hazelnut whipped cream. This hot cocktail will be available all winter long.
-Kira Cappello, Kali Lauer