Sometimes a hot drink is everything.
When you’re feeling cold, sad, or sick; steam rising from a mug is so soothing. Drinking in something hot has that lovely effect of warming from the inside out. And… a little jolt of caffeine, chocolate or fragrant spice never hurts.
From Toronto cafes, dessert houses and brunch spots, I bring you the ultimate collection of seasonal bevies. Many are only on offer for a limited time so drink them up while you can.
Cioccolata siciliano caldo piccante from Bar Buca
This Italian take on hot chocolate features sweet and spicy notes of orange, vanilla and cayenne.
Hot Banana Milk from Roselle
Fragrant steamed milk, sweeten with banana, caramel and a spot of rum is the perfect pairing with cookies at this Corktown pastry shop.
Address: 362 King Street East, Toronto
Cake batter hot chocolate from Sweet Jesus
Served in a red velvet-rimmed cup, this hot drink comes in a choice of espresso or hot chocolate base and is infused with cake batter then pimped out with vanilla-scented whipped cream, cream cheese icing, and cake crumble.
Address: 106 John Street, Toronto
Address: 780 Queen Street East, Toronto
Address: 130 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
Gingerbread Earl Grey Latte at Almond Butterfly
Forget London Fogs. This festive tea misto is the perfect hot bevy to get in the mood for the holiday season.
Cardamom Kiss Coffee from Bombay Street Food Co.
The house-blend of fair trade organic coffee is just gently infused with fresh cardamom. It’s become a house favourite at the Indian street food restaurant situated at College and Bay.
Spiced coconut con leche from Souk Tabule
The Middle Eastern eatery in the Canary District is slinging spice-infused coffees and teas all day long. This coconut con leche comes laced with turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.
Matcha white hot chocolate from Nugateau
Matcha lattes go next level in white hot chocolate at this eclairs-only bakery. Also shown here: the newly launched 66% dark chocolate raspberry truffle hot chocolate loaded with raspberry marshmallows.
Address: 717 Queen Street West, Toronto
Chocolate shots from SOMA
No bells or whistles required here. This molten hot chocolate shot is pure, unadulterated bliss.
Address: 443 King Street West, Toronto
Address: Distillery District, 32 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Tiramisu Latte from Light Cafe
The Taiwanese cafe in Baldwin Village is home this coco-dusted espresso-based drink flavoured like the traditional Italian dessert.
Address: 23 Baldwin Street, Toronto