Black Fleece: Firefly's hot cocktail recalls two classic holiday warmers: the eggnog-like American concoction known as the Tom and Jerry, and the beer-based English elixir known as the Lamb's Wool.

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Glogg: If it's bitterly cold outside, a cup of Room 11's hot mulled wine is right on. Dan Searing's recipe bristles with clove, cinnamon and ginger. And if that's not enough to warm you up, how about black cardamom and a splash of vodka?

Vosges hot cocoa: Teaism is known for tea, but for the season, you can also find hot cocoa by the same brilliant brand behind Mo's Bacon Bar. Flavors include a white chocolate laced with lavender and citrusy lemon myrtle, and a chili-and-vanilla-spiked dark chocolate.

Italian sipping chocolate: The pure molten chocolate from Pitango is a treat so decadent, it feels more like drinking hot fudge than hot cocoa. For a not-too-sweet cocoa, order it with steamed milk. But if you're willing to overlook a few (hundred) extra calories, order a chocolate affogato and they'll pour it over your choice of gelato.

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