With a cold chill in the air and the calender telling us that we are smack dab in the middle of Winter, The Big Adventure presents a quick look at some of the tastiest, most unique New York City Winter Beverages.
First and foremost is the 19th Annual City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival running now through Monday, February 28th with a custom Hot Chocolate drink featured each day of the month. Complete with mouth-watering website. City Bakery is probably best known for their homemade marshmallows, pretzel croissant and hot chocolate in general. City Bakery has turned into a metropolitan institution over the last few years.
Upcoming deliciousness includes Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate, Banana Peel Hot Chocolate, and Love Potion Hot Chocolate (for Valentine's Day!). Visit City Bakery at 18th Street and 5th Avenue, but note that they stop pouring that rich, amazing tastiness at 7:00 PM most nights.
Next is a fantastic drink made famous by an establishment called The Redhead: The Hot Chocolate Car Bomb. Twice in tasty in reality as it sounds in concept. We're talking hot Cocoa mixed with Jameson and Guinness, The Hot Chocolate Car Bomb is best described as "boozy, comforting, and rich" It makes the Big Adventure think of Dublin. You know, if Ireland were located in the Arctic.
The H.C.C.B. is a mix of a traditional childhood favorites smooshed together with the love of an adult winter beverage all while leaving behind the needless slamming of glasses and shots. The Redhead is at the corner of Waiting For You and Now.And also at 13th Street and 1st Ave. Bonus: The marshmallows are made with Baileys.
Completing our trifecta on great winter drinks (after all, it is -7 degrees outside or so right now) is the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival. Taking place in midtown Manhattan over the weekend of February 19th. Events includes an Ultimate Barista Challenge, “Brewing the Perfect Espresso” & Tasting and a whole slew of tasting events. Enjoy Quality Coffee? Get a kick out of tea? Plenty of samples, exhibitions and booths featuring tasty joe and hot java. The festival will leave you warm and awake till May. Think of it as a trade show but with a higher quality coffee bar. Tickets as low at $20. More information here: http://www.coffeeandteafestival.com/