Counter winter chills as you savor a seasonal favorite: hot chocolate. Bars and restaurants across the District are putting their own tasty twists on the winter drink. Here, we recommend three places where you can find hot chocolate with intriguing ingredients:
Flavorful Tradition: Inspired by the famed, rich sipping chocolate of Turin, Italy, Pitango adds worldly flavors to its hot chocolate. Infused with a generous helping of Costa Rican cocoa, Pitango’s drink comes straight up or served in six variations — including with whipped cream ($4.25) and with chili peppers ($3.25). Pitango Gelato, multiple locations.
Adult Upgrade: Among the four drinks offered as part of Sixth Engine’s special “winter warmer” hot cocktail menu, the Grown-Up Cocoa features a blend of house-made cocoa, Catoctin Creek rye, butterscotch schnapps and spiced whipped cream ($9). Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave. NW; 202-506-2455.(Gallery Place)
Bacon You Crazy: Two crowd-pleasing ingredients unite in Poste’s Smokin’ Bacon Hot Chocolate ($12), which is served on the upper patio of the restaurant’s courtyard (don’t worry — there are fire pits and blankets out there!). The drink will keep you warm, too, with bacon-infused Bulleit Bourbon and a bacon cayenne marshmallow. Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 8th St. NW; 202-783-6060. (Gallery Place)