Melbourne loves good coffee, but there is more than one type of hot drink you can get your mitts on. From alcoholic drinks that warm your soul to good coffee and hot chocolate that you can rely on, heat up your insides by mulling over one of these delicious hot beverages.
There’s nothing that can warm you up quite like a sip of rum. Add a bit of heat, honey and spice and you have the perfect cold weather drink and according to some, a great tonic for fighting off cold and flu. Flu-fighting aside, for those who love hot toddies or want to try one out, there are plenty of bars in Melbourne who can whip this Irish delight up for you. Make it a real Celtic experience and head to Quiet Man Irish Pub where the Irish hospitality and fare will have you feeling as warm as your drink.
Quiet Man Irish Pub 271 Racecourse Rd, Flemington thequietman.com.au
Sangria’s winter-friendly cousin brings together red wine, spice and all things nice for your drinking pleasure. For a cosy pairing, enjoy a tall glass of mulled wine with a slow roasted pork belly burger at Howler in Brunswick. Or, warm your soul with a glass amongst the barrels at the ReWine wine bar in Brunswick East. Not only can you enjoy your mulled wine with delicious fondue, but you can take home a bottle of their mulled wine syrup and continue to enjoy this hot beverage at home.
Image credit: ReWine Howler 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick h-w-l-r.com ReWine 522 Lygon Street, Brunswick rewine.com.au
Bringing together a Melbourne staple — coffee — with the addition rum and cream, this drink ticks more than one box. It’s the perfect cold weather bevvy for those days when you want to have a drink with friends, but your energy levels are depleting (hello caffeine!). Enjoy one of these guys at the uber cool whisky bar and bookshop, Buck Mulligans in Northcote, where you can sip your Irish coffee while curling up with a book by the fire, or with a charcuterie board shared with your mates.
Image Credit: Buck MulligansBuck Mulligans 217 High Street, Northcote buckmulligans.com.au
For mulled cider, you can’t go past The Purple Emerald. Previously located in the CBD’s Flinders Lane, in their move to High Street Northcote, they have taken everything that is great about city bars and brought it to one of Melbourne’s trendiest suburbs. Take a seat in one of their comfy couches and enjoy this hot take on one of summer’s favourite drinks. It’s like drinking a hot apple pie!
The Purple Emerald 349 High Street Northcote purpleemerald.com.au
It just wouldn’t be a Melbourne hot drinks list without the fuel this city relies on. Go straight to the source and head to Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn, who supply some of Melbourne’s most popular cafes with their very own beans. Founded by Australia Barista Championships winner Dave Makin and his now wife and coffee guru, Zoe Delany, here, you’ll find top-notch coffee, no matter how you take it, as well as tasty brunches.
Image credit: Axil Coffee RoastersAxil Coffee Roasters 322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn axilcoffee.com.au
With hot chocolate variations popping up left right and centre, from those that look like science experiments, to those that require assembly instructions, it’s easy to overlook the humble, but oh-so-delicious traditional hot chocolate. For the perfect balance of chocolate and hot milk, embellished with the essential marshmallow, we love The Peddler Cafe in Nunawading. It’s just a reliable, well made hot choccie, without the fuss.
Image credit: The Peddler CafeThe Peddler Cafe 295B Springfield Road, Nunawading facebook.com/thepeddlercafe