Warm specialty drinks heat up bar business

From the swank cocktail emporium to the kickass country bar, classic warm drinks like hot buttered rum, hot toddies and spiked coffee are entering the seasonal spotlight. While some operators hew to traditional formulas, the innovative add distinctive touches, like cardamom-scented bitters, pumpkin-infused rum or a spice-and-sugar coating on the glass rim.

Nostalgia is a big part of the appeal of steamy specialties, operators agreed.

“They are adult versions of something y

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