Portland's Hottest Cold-Weather Drinks

This is what we'll be drinking all season long—won't you throw on a scarf and join us?

By Sarah Ostaszewski November 7, 2014

Townshend's Candy Cap Mushroom latte

Temperatures may be dropping outside but they are rising inside the mugs and glasses of Portland’s bars, cafés, and teahouses. We have already moved past the pumpkin spice latte, but our craving for seasonally inspired beverages is never-ending. 


At The Fireside try It’s the Great Pumpkin, a cocktail made with Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva and Cruzen Black Strap rums. Think flavors of pumpkin butter and freshly ground nutmeg, soul-warming and festive for the holidays. 801 NW 23rd Ave

Pacific Pie Co. offers a tempting list of dessert cocktails, including the PS I Love You, which consists of Below Deck coffee rum, Baileys, Kahlua, peppermint, and caramel.  1520 SE 7th Ave and 1668 NW 23rd Ave 

A favorite at Paddy’s pub, the Irish Coffee is a Kobos cold or hot brew with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, raw sugar cubes, Bailey’s whipped cream, and topped with freshly ground nutmeg.  65 SW Yamhill St

Besaw’s Honest George combines house-infused pecan bourbon and New Deal Coffee Liqueur with cream and nutmeg.  2301 NW Savier St 

The Bent Brick serves a variety of autumnal warmers, including the Autumn Addict with Buleit bourbon, apple shrub, and maple-gingersnap foam and the Winter’s Edge with Krogstad aquavit, pepper, mint, lime, vanilla bean, and orange bitters. 1639 NW Marshall St

Huber’s signature drink, flamed table-side, is the Spanish Coffee, a blend of Kahlua, Bacardi 151, Bols triple sec, and coffee topped off with fresh whipped cream and nutmeg. 411 SW 3rd Ave


Alma's jasmine tea-infused drinking chocolate

Alma's drinking chocolate menu is inspired by French classics and the shop’s own bon bons. The base, Felchin’s rich, 68% “wild” Bolivian chocolate, is gloriously combined with milk, tea (we recommend Jasmine) or espresso and whipped heavy cream.  The brand new Horchata Latte is a staff favorite—dairy-free, made with house almond-rice milk and sprinkled with cinnamon and crushed cacao nibs. The Carmelita, made using Alma’s habanero caramel sauce, offers spicy option for hotheads. 140 NE 28th Ave

More for the chocolate lovers among us—Cacao’s dark drinking chocolates are the way to wind down and indulge. Sip a mug of original, cinnamon, or spicy sipping chocolate plain or have it as a creamy affogato, poured over Salt & Straw’s luscious olive oil ice cream. 414 SW 13th Ave 

Xico offers a fiery habanero and caramel drinking chocolate,made with local habanero, cinnamon, a house blend of chocolates, and a pillow of vanilla whipped cream to finish. 3715 SE Division St 


Townshend’s Tea Co. offers a crafty Candy Cap Latte this season. Blended with Yunnan Hong Cha black tea, the mushrooms exude warming caramel notes in this perfectly balanced, almost-savory fall beverage. The Healing Herbal, specific for easing chronic pains with an aromatic mixture of catnip, willow sage, mugwort, yarrow, horsetail, mullein and peppermint, is another tea of choice for achey bodies fighting the flu. 2223 NE Alberta Street, 3531 SE Division St

Behind the Museum Café presents its own version of chai, made with steamed milk (or alt-milk like almond or soy), Japanese roasted hojicha tea, and a dusting of cinnamon.  1229 SW 10th Ave

Kiva’s tonic-infused teas or specialty super-food drink Golden Lotus Maca Chai Latte are great options to beat the cold. 1533 NW 24th Ave

Where do you go for a cup of warmth?  Share your finds in the comments below! We'll be updating this list throughout the blustery months with your suggestions!

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