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There are advantages to the cold, which include consuming warm and comforting meals and drinks. High among the list of comforting drinks is the hot toddy. Used in some communities as an elixir to banish away colds, a hot toddy provides double warmth. First the warmth comes from the bourbon, brandy or scotch used in the drink. The second wave of warmth comes from the fact that the drink is actually warmed. These fine Atlanta venues have all included their own spin on this traditional drink and each is both toast worthy and toasty.

The Pinewood
254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507

Julian Goglia revises the cocktail menu every season and The Pinewood winter cocktail menu is replete with choices to warm you. The traditional hot toddy includes bourbon, water, honey, bitters and lemon expression. Several rum-based drinks are also featured during the colder months including a warmed Grog, Golden Fiddle and a Hot Buttered Rum. However, if you want an adventurous warm drink, try the Blue Blazer featuring Auchentoshan Three Wood Scotch, water, sugar, bitters and lemon expression which is set ablaze and tossed back and forth. All cocktails feature the house-made syrups, tinctures, infusions and sodas.

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Pittypat’s Porch
25 Andrew Young International Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 525-8228

For a hot toddy with the most Georgian flair, you must visit Pittypat’s Porch. Served in a handled mason jar, this drink combines apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, peach schnapps, peach brandy and peach syrup. Your hot toddy can accompany any one of the traditional southern food items including shrimp and grits and fried chicken or catfish. The cocktail menu features several other traditional southern drinks such as a mint julep and a hurricane but no other warmed cocktails.

Spice Market
188 14th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 724-2550

At Spice Market, you can expect high-quality Southeast Asian cuisine. The Market’s hot toddy includes apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice, a vanilla bean and whiskey. All items are heated and the cinnamon and vanilla pieces are strained out before serving. Other spicy treats to keep you warm include the cod with Malaysian chili sauce, chili garlic egg noodles with shrimp and star anise and red-curried duck with pineapple sambal. Catering to its hotel clientele, Spice Market is open for breakfast and dinner.

The Square Pub
115 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 844-4010

For a straightforward hot toddy, The Square Pub is your best bet. The Bulleit hot toddy contains Bulleit Bourbon, cloves, honey, hot water and cinnamon. Bulleit Bourbon is a sweeter Kentucky bourbon which is perfect for the base of a hot toddy. The Square Pub features traditional pub offerings with a southwestern flare. One of the more inventive items is the fried avocado appetizer served with pico de gallo and lime cream.  There are 20 drafts on tap including Sweetwater, Abita, Heavy Seas and Lazy Magnolia. If you would like a challenge to go with your hot toddy, you can order the T-Rex burger which, if consumed within 30 minutes, is free.

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Cakes & Ale Restaurant
155 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994

Reservations are strongly suggested for this popular restaurant featuring seasonal and local menu items. The rotating cocktail menu often features a brandy- or scotch-based drink combined with allspice which is hot toddy-esque during the colder months. This year, try the Project Snowshoe with bourbon, port, contrineau, allspice dram and angostura or the Pack a Sweater with rye, benedictine, allspice dram and torino.  However, with the skilled bartenders and the fully stocked bar, your request for a traditional hot toddy can also be accommodated.

Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.