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Adelaide’s best winter warmer cocktails to heat up the cold nights

From hot buttered cinnamon rum to gin infused hot chocolate, these soothing drinks will have you ready to brave the winter weather.

As the colder weather draws in, there’s nothing better than cupping your hands around a steaming mug of tea to banish any wintery blues. But for the days when tea just won’t cut it we’ve rounded up the best winter warmer drinks around Adelaide to really heat up the heart’s cockles. 

Barossa Distilliing Co.’s ‘Gin Infused Hot Chocolate’ – $14

Photo: Barossa Distilling Co.

Collaborating with neighbours, Bean Addiction, when you visit the Barossa Distilling Co. you can treat yourself to the idyllic concoction of rich chocolate powder, with the house Barossa gin and brandy mix, finished off with a dollop of whipped cream and lightly dusted with even more chocolatey goodness. If you find yourself craving another one of these decadent delights you can purchase take-home premixes to enjoy curled up on the sofa at home. 

Find Barossa Distilling Co. at 18-28 Tanunda Rd, Nurioopta, Adelaide. 

Visit the Barossa Distilling Co. website to make a booking here.

Howling Owl’s Hot Apple Toddy – $18 

Photo: The Howling Owl

Cosy gin den Howling Owl has developed a stellar reputation for its inventive cocktail menus and endless list of world class gins. For a warm glass of fruity goodness with a hint of autumnal spice try their Hot Apple Toddy which is a smooth blend of sloe gin, local apple juice and secret mix of Howling Owl spices. 

Find Howling Owl at 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide. 

Visit the Howling Owl website to find out more here.

Tilbrook Estate’s Mulled Wine – $5

Photo: Tilbrook Estate

Nothing quite says Winter Warmer like a steaming mug of traditional mulled wine, and tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, visitors can enjoy a glass of Tilbrook Estate’s secret recipe blend of red wine, sugar and spices whilst overlooking the vines. The only winery in Australia to sell bottled mulled wine, the estate invites visitors to taste a glass straight from the simmering pot on their slow combustion stove. A glass of the small-batch brewed mulled wine will set you back $5, or you can take home a bottle to enjoy for $20. 

Find Tilbrook Estate at 1856 Lobethal Rd, Lobethal SA. 

Visit the Tilbrook Estate website to find out more here.

For a deliciously rich winter warmer that’s growing in popularity year on year, sink into a mug of Hot Buttered Rum at any of these popular Adelaide drinking holes (and there’s a vegan option too!) 

Hains & Co – $20

Photo: Hains & Co.

Reminiscent of an Olde English tavern, cocktail aficionados Hains & Co serve up their Hot Buttered Rum in a traditional pewter tankard, blending their House Spiced Rum, coconut butter, ice cream, brown sugar and baking spices into a comforting cocktail garnished with a twist of orange. 

Find Hains & Co at 21 Gilbert Pl, Adelaide. 

Visit the Hains & Co website to find out more here.

El Cheeky Flamingo – 2 for $10

Photo: El Cheeky Flamingo

Fast becoming a seasonal favourite, funky Miami-inspired venue El Cheeky Flamingo have brought back their Hot Buttered Rum for the fourth year running, with the Vardon Avenue hotspot luring in chilly passers-by with wafts of cinnamon, spices and smooth butter. 

Find El Cheeky Flamingo at 40/33 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide.

Visit the El Cheeky Flamingo website to find out more here.

The Howling Owl – $20

Not allowing vegan customers to miss out, the Howling Owl’s Coconut Vegan Hot Buttered Rum which has now gained cult status due to its popularity at the venue, is the perfect cosy cocktail to melt your winter worries away. 

Find The Howling Owl at 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide. 

Visit The Howling Owl website to find out more here.

5 Nines Distilling’s Whisky Hot Toddy 

Photo: 5Nines Distilling by Goldlight Photography

If you wanted to pour some warmth into dark, winter nights at home, the guys at 5Nines Distilling have created a fool-proof recipe for their aromatic Whiskey Hot Toddy. Using their Cask Strength Liqueur Frontignac, the Hot Toddy blends the sweetness of honey and cinnamon with the sharpness of a lemon to create a drink that packs more punch than your electric blanket. 

A 700ml bottle of the premium Liqueur, described as warm, sweet golden nectar with a subtle finish of honey, apples and oak, will set you back $270. 

Find out more about 5Nines Distilling at their website here.

Hahndorf Inn’s ‘Bear Hug’

We love Hahndorf this time of year. What better excuse do you need to plan a visit than to try out the Hahndorf Inn’s cocktail of the month, which is most definitely a winter warmer. The beverage includes their famous Barenjager honey schnapps, vanilla Galliano, cinnamon whiskey and almond milk. Served warm with a side of honey syrup, made from Buzz honey. What’s cool about this winter warmer is that is features only local ingredients, or ingredients that have been imported from Germany, which is very fitting to the Hahndorf locale.

You can find the Hahndorf Inn at 35 Main Street, Hahndorf.

Check out their Facebook page for more info.

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