By THE CURRENT STAFF
Winter is no time for a margarita. That much we know. Pina Coladas arent great February fare either, and Corona, were quite certain, is not suitable for drinking when the temperature is sub-freezing.
But what exactly should you be drinking during these miserable winter months? Thats what we decided to find out.
And, surprisingly, from chocolatey thick winter brews to piping hot cider drinks, we found plenty of winter drink options right here in University City. Maybe this quick guide will tide you over until spring which is, by the way, only 38 days away.
Weyerbacher Winter Ale
White Dog Café, 3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-9224
It seems the beer market is overflowing with supposed winter brews,and sometimes its hard to tell exactly what makes any of these concoctions at all wintry. Thats not the case with Weyerbachers Winter Ale, a dark, chocolatey brew that is hefty without being heavy, and incredibly tasty. Coffee, hops and chocolate are the predominant flavors in this beer, produced by the brewing masters at Easton, Pa.s Weyerbacher brewery. At 6.1 percent alcohol by volume, its no lightweight.
Caramel apple martini
MarBar, 40th and Walnut streets, 215-222-0800
We admit, the recent trend of flavoring martinis with everything from bananas to hazelnuts sometimes seems excessive. After all, do you really want an alcohol-laden concoction that tastes like the cotton candy you ate when you were a kid? In a wordyes. You might especially want to hop on the bandwagon to try MarBars $7 caramel apple martini, a combination of vodka, Buttershots and sour apple liqueur topped off with a cherry. Its served in a traditional martini glass, a grown-up touch that almost offsets the fact that youre drinking a lip-smackingly sweet beverage. MarBars list of flavored martinis also includes Almond Joya mixture of vodka, hazelnuts, crème de cacao and coconut syrup. Or, if drinkings not your bag, swing by on a Tuesday night for the bars Eastern Lounge, featuring the ancient pleasure of hookah pipes.
New Deck Tavern, 3408 Sansom Street, 215-386-4600
Nothing quite says winter like a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, the one-of-a-kind stout from Ireland. But while some folks cant get enough of the uniquely robust Guinness experience, others find the stout a tad too, well, thick. Those in the latter group may want to stop by the New Deck Tavern, where authentically Irish bartenders (who actually use words like laddy) not only pour a proper Guinness pint, but also offer a variety of Guinness-based drinks thinned out with other spiritsperfect for those who enjoy the stouts taste but are put off by its denseness. The Half-And-Half is a half pint of Guinness topped off with Smithwicks Ale, a fine beer in its own right, while the Black-And-Tan pairs Guinness with the always impressive Harp lager. Another unique option is the Black Velvet, which combines the chocolate-and-molasses taste of Guinness with the powerful kick of Strongbow Cider.
Originally published on January 13, 2005