Winter is when craft cocktail bars really get in on the warming-cocktails game, even in states where the temps remain balmy. We’ve rounded up a bevy of spirit-free options, too, so no matter what you’re sipping, the forecast will be warm and fuzzy.
Ohio: Honey Trap at Society Lounge
To fend off the lingering chill of Ohio’s notoriously long Midwest winters, bartender Misty Golinar created the Honey Trap at Cleveland cocktail bar Society Lounge. It’s a riff on a hot toddy in which Hennessy, fresh lemon juice, housemade cardamom simple syrup, cream and Bittermens burlesque bitters — chosen for their dry botanical notes — are dry-shaken (without ice) till fluffy, then poured into a heated snifter and topped with hot water and garnished with a honey dipper coated in honey. It all adds up to a soothing, warming and creamy concoction that’s become a favorite with locals and staff. If you’re looking for a spirit-free option, ask the bartenders to make one from their Temperance Movement Mixers arsenal.