Happiness Is a Warm Cocktail

January 30, 2015 8:58 PM

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Happiness Is a Warm Cocktail

ON THE FACE of it, the science is not encouraging. Hot beverages do little to warm you up. Alcohol actually has a hypothermic effect. And yet, for nights (or afternoons or, heck, even the occasional morning) when the outside chill gets deep into your bones, nothing comforts quite like a hot cocktail.

At Manhattan’s Craft, the center of chef Tom Colicchio ’s ever expanding universe of restaurants, the Nighty Night—steamed milk with Benedictine herbal liqueur, bitters and honey, topped with a grating of cinnamon—confers a mellow bonhomie on those coming in from the cold. “People at the bar are so ...

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