It’s Hot Drink Time in the Valley: Where to find delicious steamy beverages

By on January 3, 2018

We’re in the midst of the frigid grips of the winter season now that the ground here in Jackson is finally covered in snow, which means an increased need for hot things all the time. 

After a few hours of skiing or a nice long walk in the snow, there’s little more I appreciate than a delicious hot drink, namely a whipped cream-topped cup of hot cocoa. Nothing warms me up quite as well. 

And that, dear friends, is why I decided to do a little rundown of both the piping hot grown-up drinks and kid-friendly options that can be found in town and the village.

Healthy Being Cafe and Juicery

Along with an extensive list of wellness juices and smoothies and their gluten-free and vegan-friendly menu, Healthy Being Cafe and Juicery also offers a number of fantastic hot drinks. My favorite is their turmeric latte.

Made with turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and milk of your choice — they offer coconut, almond, soy and regular ol’ milk — this hot beverage warms you to the core and has some added health benefits.

Known for its many beneficial health qualities, turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory and immunity booster. Black pepper has been proven to activate its qualities, and the cinnamon, while adding a delicious and warming flavor, is used to balance blood sugar. The ginger in the tumeric latte also adds a flavorful effect and is great to boost your immunity. 

Not only is it great for your health, it’s also delicious. While the turmeric is slightly earthy and sharp, it also has a sweetness boosted by the warm flavors of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.  If you’d like a little extra sweetness, just ask them to put some honey in it.

Corbet’s Cabin & Casper Restaurant

For the hot chocolate junkies out there — of which I am part — there are plenty of places to grab a good cup of hot cocoa. Be it at the top of the tram in Corbet’s Cabin or at Casper Restaurant, the mountain has access to a hot cocoa pick-me-up ready when you need it.

Persephone Bakery

In town, though, there are also plenty of great spots to find some awesome hot chocolate. One of my favorites is Persephone Bakery. Their hot cocoa is so rich and chocolatey, and it tastes as though you are genuinely drinking hot melted chocolate. You can even add a homemade marshmallow if you really want to go for it. 

CocoLove

Another great spot to grab a cup of cocoa is a little joint that is fittingly called CocoLove. Try their Mexican hot chocolate, a drink made with rich chocolate, roasted chillies and spices. The spices give the beverage that extra je ne sais quoi that brings out flavors of chocolate one doesn’t normall get to experience. 

If you’re in need of a caffeine boost, try their Con Panna, an espresso topped with whipped cream. Chances are good you had no idea espresso needed whipped cream, but you will know that after you try the Con Panna. While you sip on your drink, you should also indulge in one of the beautiful artisanal chocolates or pastries made in house by Master Chocolatier Oscar Ortega. We know, we know — you’re watching your waistline, but there’s no point in trying to resist those sugary masterpieces.

Now for the good stuff. When it comes to adult hot beverages, most restaurants and bars have done us all a solid and added them to their menus.  

Rendevous Bistro

When you’re dining at Rendezvous Bistro, try their Cafe Bistro featuring brandy, Kahlua, Bailey’s and coffee. The brandy will warm you straight to your toes and the added flavors of Kahlua, Bailey’s and coffee make this the rich dessert beverage you needed to round out your meal. 

The Local

Whether you’re out having a late night drink or are just there to dine, you should know The Local has added a new hot beverage to their list. It’s called the Winter’s Bane and it is not to be overlooked.

Made with Averna, rye whisky and compound butter, this drink is delicious. The rye whisky is warm and sharp and the compound butter rounds it out, giving it richness and smoothness that’s perfect for a winter drink. It’s topped with a marshmallow toasted with a torch right before your eyes, and the smoky sweetness gives this cocktail an extra pop. Who doesn’t love watching your bartender wield a flame-throwing torch?

Mangy Moose

If you’re having an apres drink (or two), the Mangy Moose has several great hot beer alternatives, including their delicious hot buttered rum.

Spur

And it may not be featured on their menus, most restaurants will accommodate a hot toddy if asked. The Spur serves up a delicious one with a fresh cinnamon stick and just the right amount of honey. It’s sure to spread plenty of cheer into your frozen soul. PJH

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