Six cool-weather concoctions

Photo Credit: Katrina Funtanilla

The holidays are fast behind us but a winter chill remains in the Texan air. Whether you’re looking for a new drink or to you’re trying keep warm, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s favorite hot drinks to get you through the remaining winter months.


1. Kerbey Lane's hot apple cider
Last summer, it was out with the old and in with the blue at Kerbey Lane Café’s university location. The once colorful Longhorn memorabilia took on a sleeker, more modern look. But, despite the big change in design, the food has remained the same, including their deliciously tangy hot apple cider. Grab a cup and beat the cold this winter. Not only is its aroma of spices inviting, but it’s also sure to keep you warm on any cold and unpredictable Texan day.

2. Epoch's Mexican hot chocolate
If you love cinnamon then Epoch Coffee has the perfect hot drink for you — their Mexican hot chocolate. Infused with a generous dose of cinnamon, this special take on a traditional holiday drink comes with a nose-tingling kick. It’s no wonder this java shop has become a haven for hipsters, students and the middle-aged alike looking to relax and stay warm this winter.

3. Halcyon's white peppermint hot chocolate
Made upon request, Halcyon’s white peppermint hot chocolate is the adult version of hot chocolate, with a twist of Bailey’s and peppermint schnapps. The hot chocolate, often served in a huge bowl-like mug, is topped with whipped cream and chocolate swirls, and comes with two animal crackers.

4. Mozart’s mocha special
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is an all-time Austin favorite for natives and out-of-towners looking for a caffeine fix this winter. From multi-level decks peering over Lake Austin to the delightful aroma of pastries and drinks, this coffeehouse is a great place to hit those books and stay warm. While it’s still cold out, grab a cup of the popular Mozart’s Mocha Special, consisting of steamed caramel and chocolate infused with espresso and milk — it’s the epitome of a merry winter season!

5. The Highball's chai-infused white Russian
If you’re looking to have fun this winter, then The Highball is just the place for you. Located off of South Lamar, The Highball maintains a great happy hour special, running Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Be sure to sample their take on the White Russian, which interplays tastes of chai, vodka and coffee, and is served hot upon request. The chai is infused so well it almost masks the vodka completely. As a bonus, pair your cheap drink with free karaoke in private rooms, $20 per hour bowling on vintage lanes or a variety of board games available for check out.

6. Fado's Irish coffee
Fado’s offers a winter-warming coffee drink with a cool ambiance. Fado, meaning ‘long ago’ in Irish, takes you on a journey to Ireland with their Irish coffee. The drink combines Bushmills Irish Whiskey, brown sugar and hot coffee to perfection, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and cinnamon swirls. Be sure and hurry, because their Winter Drink Menu is only available for a limited time.