It’s chilly out.
Spice things up by indulging in a tasty, hot beverage. Make it virgin. Make it boozy. Make it hot.
Boulder has a yummy selection, so if you’re looking for some hot stuff, check out these five.
1 Hot chocolate
Two Spoons, 1021 Pearl St., Boulder
Screw the powdered hot chocolate. Those hardened marshmallows are like astronaut food. Try Two Spoons’ real hot chocolate — which is made with Valrhona, a luxury French chocolate, robust Schokinag cocoa and local, natural milk from Morning Fresh Dairy.
Info: twospoonsboulder.com, 303-545-0027
2 Vin Brulé
Bácaro Venetian Taverna, 921 Pearl St., Boulder
Spice up the snow with Bácaro’s Italian Vin Brulé. The warm, spiced wine has cinnamon, sugar and orange zest. Try it at happy hour for only $4, daily until 6:30 p.m.
Info: bacaro.com, 303-444-4888
3 Irish coffee
Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder
A good cup of coffee can help make the blood all warm and fuzzy inside. Speed up the process by adding a little booze. Irish coffee at Conor O’Neill’s has some Powers Irish whiskey, sugar and whipped cream added to a cup of hot coffee.
Info: conoroneills.com, 303-449-1922
4 Cafe d’Orange
Boulder Coffee Co., 3050 Sterling Circle W., Boulder
If you need a little zest with the booze-tinged coffee, try the Café d’Orange from Boulder Coffee Co. The espresso drink is spiced with Grand Mariner, topped with whipped cream and orange slices.
Info: bouldercoffee.com, 303-449-5313
5 Afternoon tea
Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, 1770 13th St., Boulder
Make it an afternoon of keeping warm at Dushanbe’s elegant high tea time. A pot of tea comes with a three-tiered tower of delicious goodies like pastries, scones, artichoke purses, cucumber sandwiches, sweet cakes and more. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. $18.95.
Info: boulderteahouse.com, 303-442-4993