It’s a bit of a misconception that simply because the days are getting colder, activities move indoors. Maybe people aren’t hitting the beach or hosting backyard barbecues anymore, but there’s still plenty to do outside. Parades, craft markets, outdoor malls, sightseeing and more will require layers, scarves, boots and gloves to stay toasty, and even then the cold is just a layer of down away from creeping in.
In such cases, one of the best ways to combat the cold is by clutching your frozen hands around a hot beverage. Here are some of the tastiest hand warmers in South Jersey.
Congress Hall is already one of the most picturesque spots to be during the holidays, but it’s made even better with a stop at Tommy’s Folly Café, where premium Ghirardelli hot chocolate is served with a twist. This steamy drink can be combined with espresso or other flavors like peppermint and gingerbread for a little extra cheer. Those 21 and over can get a shot of Baileys or Frangelico in their hot chocolate, as well. Every cup is made with steamed milk and topped with fresh whipped cream. Plus, check out Congress Hall’s outdoor Winter Wonderland on the grand lawn, which also offers hot chocolate and treats. Located at 200 Congress Place, Cape May. Go to CapeResorts.com.
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Carmine’s and Cuba Libre
Tropicana Atlantic City is a one-stop-shop for two incredible drinks perfect for the colder months. Enjoy the flavors of Italy right in Atlantic City with Carmine’s Tuscan Coffee. It includes Tuscan vanilla liqueur, Italian coffee and homemade melted chocolate, topped with whipped cream. A few steps across The Quarter you’ll find another gem — Cuba Libre’s Café Mocha, which combines Cuban coffee with traditional Mexican chocolate, finished off with some whipped cream. Check out both international treats at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to Tropicana.net.
Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery
Hammonton’s favorite café, Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery is just the type of place that beckons frost-bitten shoppers into its doors, thanks to comfortable chairs and couches and a laid-back atmosphere. Try their Caramel Casciano, a sweet and rich latte that also comes in mocha or white mocha flavors. Casciano’s is known, however, for its Bocce Bomb, a frozen hot chocolate mixed with Nutella. It won’t warm you up, but man is it good. 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Go to CascianoCoffee.com.
Drip n’ Scoop
Drip n’ Scoop takes its coffee seriously, using a manual espresso machine to adjust dosage, time and yield to get the perfect brew that’s neither too sour nor too bitter. The coffee used by this Ocean City favorite is sourced sustainably from Counter Culture Coffee, which roasts their coffee as soon as Drip n’ Scoop orders it and ships the next day, to ensure maximum freshness. Now that’s a good cuppa coffee. Located at 960 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Go to DripNScoop.com.
Revolutionary Lounge and Café
This Toms River hot spot has managed to craft a perfect winter drink by combining three other hot beverages. The El Liberator mixes together a blend of espresso, hot chocolate and steamed half-and-half, with a dash of cinnamon, for a rich, sweet, slightly spicy flavor. Located at 1776 Hooper Ave., Toms River. Go to RevLounge.com.
A cup of hot chocolate from Ventnor Coffee comes with all the good stuff, and plenty of it. Handmade with Ghirardelli chocolate and steamed milk, this hot coco isn’t water-based or pre-mixed, and the baristas will load it up with mini marshmallows and a mountain of whipped cream. For a little extra kick of sweet, try their Royal Hot Chocolate, which comes with a caramel drizzle. Located at 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor City. Go to VentnorCoffee.com
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Magic Brain Café
Just a few blocks from the beach, the cozy Magic Brain Café has been applauded by locals for its incredible hot chocolate. Stop in to enjoy its relaxed atmosphere, a pastry and, of course, a cup of coco. Located at 31 Perry St., Cape May. Go to MagicBrainCafe.com.
Marie Nicole’s Grill in Avalon warms up its Cuban espresso with a little extra spirit. Cafe Diablo-Patron Chile chocolate tequila and Godiva white and milk chocolate liqueurs combine with the espresso for a dazzling drink, completed with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a dark chocolate drizzle. Located at 79th and Ocean Drive, Avalon. Go to MarieNicoles.com.
The Dirty Hippie at Jar’d in the Linwood Exchange is sure to warm you up and wake you up. This drink adds a double shot of espresso to a chai latte. That’ll put a little extra spring in your step. Located in The Exchange Linwood, at 2110 New Road, Linwood. Go to JardCoffee.com.