With the cold chills of winter settling in, there is nothing to warm up a soul quite like sipping on a warm boozy drink, and what better combination than hot chocolate + booze. No matter what your choice of spirit may be, indulging in this spiked warm cocoa drink (or dessert) must be on your list. We’ve rounded up a list of where to grab a boozy hot chocolate in Hoboken and Jersey City.
Carpe Diem | 1405 Grand Street
Staying true to its title of making the most of the present moment, this spot in Hoboken never disappoints. Nestled in the north end of Hoboken, the restaurant has maintained its authentic charm with an evolving menu. Speaking of chocolate, the warmth of the hot chocolate spiked with the right amount of booze is sure to give you all the festive buzz this season.
Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street
If you’re wondering where to find a beautifully decorated and decked-out restaurant in Hoboken, look no further than Sorellina. Located on the corner of 11th and Washington, right opposite the huge Hoboken Christmas tree, Sorellina — truly decks the halls with the décor. The spiked hot chocolate has a perfect dash of rum and cocoa that is sure to leave you feeling blissful.
Union Hall | 306 Sinatra Drive
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Stunning views of the NYC skyline, delicious small plates to dive into, and festive cocktails are just a few of the many reasons to rush to Union Hall. A perfect accompaniment to the cold winter is the new array of hot drinks such as spiked cider and boozy hot chocolate. The hot chocolate has a generous amount of Monkey Shoulder whiskey and rich hot chocolate that will leave you feeling warm and cozy while enjoying the lovely skyline views.
Cellar 335 | 335 Newark Avenue
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Trust Cellar 335 to take the tiki experience to a whole new level with its island-feel interiors, Instagram-worthy cocktails, and Asian fusion menu. Be sure to snag a reservation before visiting, because it can be quite packed. Cellar 335 has e an extensive menu of tiki and holiday-inspired drinks and the Frozen Hot Choco is a must-have at this time of the year.
Kitchen Step | 500 Jersey Avenue
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Kitchen Step is a modern American bistro located in downtown Jersey City. While the indoor dining is absolutely gorgeous, the team understands there is no better way to enjoy a beautiful winter night than being in a warm greenhouse decked with fairy lights. The spiked hot cocoa equivalent here is a winter cocktail called ‘The redhead from the ski resort’ and it’s a combination of Misunderstood whiskey, hot chocolate, and whipped cream topped with pretzels. There is also the ‘cold chocolate’ which has white whiskey, white creme de cacao, and dark chocolate bitters.
Miracle on Mercer | 292 Barrow Street
If you’re ready to embark on a Christmas movie adventure, then it’s time to head to Miracle on Mercer. This holiday pop-up bar at Franklin Social is back for another year and everything about the cocktails is taken very seriously, from the glassware it’s served into the names of the drinks. The Christmas Carol Barrel is a creation made with tequila, coffee liqueur, spiced chocolate, and aromatic bitters and served in a mini barrel cup that is also available for purchase.