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5 must-try hot drinks to enjoy in the bitter cold

Stay warm in frigid weather with these drinks in and around Boston.

Hot chocolate Bambara Kitchen & Bar

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The coldest air of the season has finally arrived, providing few reasons to venture out this weekend. However, with National Hot Chocolate Day on Sunday, it’s the perfect time to find ways to indulge in a treat for yourself. As you inevitably step outside into the cold, prepare to warm up with these five must-have winter drinks in and around Boston.

The BCR (Bambara Cocoa Rye)

$11; Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge

In celebration of everyone’s love for hot chocolate, the lead bartender from Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Alex Wiegand, is offering a spiked hot chocolate. Mixed with rye whiskey and allspice dram (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in a dark and spicy liqueur), this Bambara Cocoa Rye is available for pick-up or delivery, and guaranteed to warm you up.

Hot Brown Sugar Bubble Latte 

$5.50; OneZo, multiple locations

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Craving some fresh boba pearls? At OneZo, this all-time favorite Brown Sugar Bubble Latte will be sure to satisfy. Besides choosing from a wide variety of unique, housemade boba flavors such as sesame and brown sugar, you can further customize your drink with add-ons like sweet cheese foam for an extra layer of perfection. 

Spiked Apple Cider 

$12; River Bar, Somerville

Apple cider doesn’t need to be relegated to only the fall season, especially when the drink is best served warm. No matter what the reason is, a Spiked Apple Cider cocktail at Assembly Row’s River Bar will surely bring back your autumn dreams. With the cocktail’s premium bourbon selected from Four Roses, this will surely rejuvenate your mind and body with its aromatic smell and distinct flavors. 

Americano 

$3; Honeycomb Cafe, Dorchester

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For a simple beverage to stay warm and caffeinated, you can’t go wrong with a classic Americano at Honeycomb Cafe. The Dorchester spot is dedicated to sourcing ingredients from local businesses, including its coffee beans, which hail from Union Coffee Roaster in Ayer. It’s a win-win.

Matcha Latte 

$6.25; Ogawa Coffee, Boston

If you’re looking for a cup of matcha goodness, look no further than Ogawa in downtown Boston. The Japanese coffee chain’s only international location offers both sweetened and unsweetened matcha lattes — a favorite among online reviewers. Order this drink for the right amount of sweet mixed with bitter from the matcha powder. 

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