With winter weather right around the corner, an easy and delicious way to keep away from the cold is by indulging in a gourmet warm drink. From hot chocolate to hot toddys, we’ve got your guide to the best holiday drinks for the whole family.
535 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Calling all chocolate lovers, this one is for you. Famous for their award-winning chocolate truffles in a variety of inventive flavors, Socola Chocolatier was started over 10 years ago by sisters Wendy and Susan Lieu and continues to be a San Francisco favorite for all things cocoa.
Socola’s house hot chocolate is made with 72% dark ganache and freshly steamed milk, and is topped off with a decadent chocolate marshmallow. If you’re in need of a caffeine kick, Socola also serves coffee-infused cocoa, like their Soco-latte and Truffle-agato. On a cold day, you may never leave!
Timothy Adams Chocolates
539 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Located in Palo Alto and providing an unmatched custom hot chocolate experience, Timothy Adams Chocolates is the chocoholic’s dream. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the experience, choosing from nine different chocolates, milk options for every taste, and creative additions like Mexican blend for spice lovers or mocha for parents. Timothy Adams Chocolates also offers chocolate making workshops and is a great destination for the whole family on a blustery day.
1115 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010
While Jougert Bar is mainly known for its delicious Greek yogurt creations, they are also famous for their traditional Turkish coffee, a rich, creamy and unfiltered cup of joe unlike any you’ve had before. A must-try for caffeine lovers on a cold day, each order of Turkish coffee at Jougert is individually brewed to order with brown sugar and a touch of spice added in during the brewing process. For a lighter taste, try the Turkish Coffee Latte.
Timber & Salt
881 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
A winter staple at most holiday parties, the hot toddy is a drink you can’t go the winter without and we’ve got the insider’s tip on the best around Menlo Park. If you’re feeling a cold coming on or just need to warm up on a cool day, order the hot toddy at Timber & Salt in downtown Redwood City, a cozy restaurant and bar serving craft cocktails and comfort food. You won’t see it on the menu, but simply ask for it and the talented bartenders will deliver a delicious combo of bourbon, honey and lemon that will surely chase away the chill.
The Buena Vista
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Claiming to have concocted “America’s first Irish Coffee” The Buena Vista’s signature recipe for this foreign classic is a can’t miss on your next trip to the city. Unmatched by any in the Bay Area, the Irish coffee at The Buena Vista has a fascinating history dating back to 1952, in short, a quest by the co-owner of the restaurant to recreate the coffee-and-whiskey drink he was served at the Shannon airport in Ireland. It appears he did it and did it right, with a line at the bar for the piping hot drink and the restaurant selling upwards of 2,000 Irish coffees on a busy Saturday.
4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122
While you wait for your brunch or simply need a warm pick-me-up while you traverse the city, try Outerlands’ Ginger Lemon Apple Cider. Made with fresh apple cider, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, and lemon, this cider from the trendy rustic restaurant in Ocean Beach will bring you inside for a delicious meal alongside it or even help make the outdoors a bit more bearable. For a more adult-friendly version, opt for a spike of bourbon.