We are finally getting a taste of winter in Atlanta, accompanied with rain. And wind. And more rain. The wet, windy weather doesn’t compare to summer’s warm beckoning to sip cocktails on a restaurant’s patio while basking in the sunshine. Okay, maybe summer wasn’t that elegant, but why leave the house when you can cozy up on your couch and sip on a warm cup of tea?
Restaurants heat their lamps and surround their patios with curtain enclosures to entice you to dine outdoors in the chilly temperatures. It makes me think of Barcelona Wine Bar’s outdoor fireplace, which always seems to have a wait regardless of the time of year. When you dine out, do you sit indoors despite restaurants’ attempts to lure you to the patio?
Then there are the special holiday cocktail menus that roll out this time of year, donning festive names. Hot toddies, Kahlua hot
chocolate and mulled wine pop up to offer warm sippings, but mixologists still create seasonal drinks shaken with ice. Think eggnog cocktails shaken with rum or Crème de Menthe peppermint concoctions. Do you order the steaming cup or icy glass?
Where you dine and what you drink comes down to the opposites: do you prefer hot or cold?
By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog