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lacey / January 22, 2004 2:07 PM

Need I say it? A skim latte, of course, from Peet's coffee. Perfection.

Benjamin / January 22, 2004 2:48 PM

Hot lemon tea from Nha Trang Cafe (Belmont & Lawndale). It's actually jasmine tea with lime. Warms you up real nice.

dce / January 22, 2004 2:49 PM

Twinings English breakfast tea, topped off with a stiff shot of Makers Mark. Enjoyed on the couch while sitting before the tee-vee.

Naz / January 22, 2004 2:52 PM

Hot chocolate. Always. On the go and on the cheap, White Hen makes it strong and good. At a place, you can't beat Pick Me Up's version with whipped cream on top with a chocolate syrup drizzled clear mug. Stellar, deep and rich.

j3s / January 22, 2004 3:30 PM

Non-alcoholic: my homemade chai tea, or drum mountain white cloud (white tea) from Aion. Alcoholic: hot chocolate with Chambord, or peppermint schnapps, depending on my mood. It's really easy to make hot cocoa from scratch, so sometimes I go for that option.

Pete / January 22, 2004 3:37 PM

A strong Scottish ale, like Belhaven or MacAndrews, is always nice, or the proverbial Guinness Stout. Or an Americano, if my boss is being particularly nosy.

stephen / January 22, 2004 3:51 PM

Hot cocoa is indeed the shiz..and they just discovered it has more antioxidants than green tea..Check out the info on the research..and watch out for the scary design. So far my favorite cup is at either Uncommon Ground, which gives you like a bucket of it, or at the Grafton Pub on Lincoln, but you have to get the owner to give you some of the private brew.

jennifer / January 22, 2004 4:10 PM

Soy Hot Cocoa and Maker's on the rocks keep me cozy all winter long.

MC High Life / January 22, 2004 4:15 PM

Tea? Hot cocoa? Pfft. Hard liquor, preferably in a flask. Nothing warms the blood quicker that a slug of hooch. Ideal for El platforms.

Eamon / January 22, 2004 4:22 PM

1) Boilermaker.
2) Wherever.

Andrew / January 22, 2004 4:27 PM

I'm fond of a nice glass of scotch or port on the couch in the evening. Takes the edge right off.

Craig / January 22, 2004 4:31 PM

Black coffee.

suzanne / January 22, 2004 4:45 PM

Ovaltine w/soymilk!
I know, I know WHO drinks ovaltine anymore?

Jeff / January 22, 2004 6:23 PM

Metaxa. Greek brandy. Good stuff.

And while it's not something I partake of often, I'm surprised no one's mentioned glogg. Andersonville people, where are you?

Ruthie / January 22, 2004 7:50 PM

Hot apple cider in the coffee-maker:
Fill a coffee filter with cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, cardamom pods, some brown sugar, and a few hunks of a nice fresh orange. Fill the cold water resevoir of the (clean) coffee machine with cold apple cider. Run the machine, and pow: nearly instant, delicious hot apple cider. Yum.

dav3 / January 22, 2004 9:36 PM

Peppermint schnapps from a flask on the sled runs.

Kenan / January 23, 2004 12:08 AM

Large coffee, Starbucks, mild blend. It has more caffeine. Lotsa half and half.

I fancy myself the unpretentious type.

Liana / January 23, 2004 12:08 AM

hot cider anywhere or TAZO Passion Tea in the comfort of others.....mmmm.

Kenan / January 23, 2004 12:09 AM

I'm in Andersonville, and I've had Glogg. What's wrong with heating up some cheap wine at home with some cinnamon and orange slices? How hard is that?

Desiree / January 23, 2004 8:33 AM

Hot chocolate with a shot of butterscotch schnaaps. Whipped cream on top? You bet. :)

christian / January 23, 2004 9:30 AM

an ice cold coke.

paul / January 23, 2004 11:03 AM

vodka under the icicles...

Jake / January 23, 2004 11:22 AM

Pabst Blue Ribbon. It warms my heart. Voted the best beer in America right here in Chicago back in 1893 at the Columbian Exposition. Says so right on the can. Which you can get for only a dollar at the Long Room on Tuesdays.

Kenan / January 23, 2004 12:07 PM

Ha! And as Jake and I found out last Tuesday, beer tends to get you drunker when it only costs a dollar.

Pete / January 23, 2004 4:16 PM

Lord, I can't believe I failed to mention Glogg. (I apologize profusely to my innumerable Swedish ancestors.) As my dad says, no matter how cold it is outside, just have a few glasses of Glogg and you can walk home without your coat.

paul / January 23, 2004 5:17 PM

Hot chocolate (the good stuff - Cadbury's or Ghiraradelli) made with milk, cardamom and cinnamon. The good stuff doesn't even need alcohol, but some Frangelico doesn't hurt.

Cinnamon / January 23, 2004 5:31 PM

Red wine, Galliano, Rooibos tea, hot chocolate (especially the Mexican kind that comes with lots of cinnamon in it) and chai when I need the caffiene.

jenny / January 24, 2004 5:24 PM

Hot chocolate. Like this:

half-and-half, one pint, dark chocolate, grated, 1 cup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

whipping cream, cinnamon -- whip cream with a 1/2 teaspoon or so of cinnamon

Heat half-and-half to just short of boiling, fill cups half-full of chocolate shavings, pour half-and-half over chocolate, stirring. Stir in spices to taste.

jenn / January 25, 2004 3:26 PM

Nothing can match the perfection that is Glogg. I mean, really; it's hot, liquory, and has food in it!

armaghetto / January 26, 2004 9:28 AM

Vodka. Preferably in a Jewel parking lot.

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