Warm Up With a Hot Beverage at These Seattle Spots

Rachel's Ginger Beer's Blood Orange Hot Toddy. Photo source.

Whether you need a strong cocktail or a steaming cup of tea or coffee, stop in at these Seattle locations for a piping hot treat to warm your wintry bones until spring arrives.

Cedars | Multiple locations

A classic cup of hot chai is the perfect cold weather accompaniment to a soul-soothing plate of spiced curry. Cedars keeps it classic -- cardamom, cloves, and fennel are steeped with tea, lightly sweetened, and finished with milk for creamy perfection. Enjoy at either location, or at the U District restaurant, opt for the Lebanese coffee.

Japonessa | 1400 1st Ave | 206-971-7979

Just across from the Seattle Art Museum near the entrance to Pike Place Market, Japonessa’s Japanese-Latin fusion appetizers, sashimi, signature rolls and bowls are best enjoyed with a selection from its rotating sake list. The fermented rice beverage is served hot or chilled, but at a chilly early evening happy hour, the $5 house sake comes highly recommended when served hot in a traditional tokkuri set.

Petra Mediterranean Bistro | Multiple locations

In both its Belltown bistro and downtown cafe locations, Petra proudly serves Turkish coffee -- a preparation method that allows unfiltered, ultra-fine grounds to steep in hot water before settling at the bottom and leaving behind a perfect cup of joe. Enjoy it black or with sugar and milk, and definitely alongside some fresh pita.

Rachel's Ginger Beer | Multiple locations

Seattle’s handmade soda sweethearts are known for serving on-point seasonal cocktails (in the spring and summer, a fan-favorite frozen mule) and signature specialty drinks (must-try ginger beer floats) at their brick-and-mortar locations. The winter warmer, the blood orange hot toddy, is no exception. RGB starts with its best-selling blood orange ginger beer, heats to the ideal soul-thawing temperature, adds whiskey, and garnishes with star anise for the perfect treat on an icy afternoon. Catch RGB at the flagship Pike Place Market store, on Capitol Hill, at the year-round U District farmers market, or at the newest store in SE Portland.