Nothing beats going down to the local cider mill and sipping on some hot cider or finding a bar that serves a great hot, alcoholic beverage to warm you up during those cold nights. These are the top five places in and around Detroit that offer both and more. Make sure to stop by and stay warm.
Yates Cider Mill
1990 E Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
www.yatescidermill.comPerhaps one of the most popular locations in Metro Detroit to enjoy both cold and warm apple cider and freshly baked donuts, Yates can be found in the heart of Rochester Hills with a scenic view and iconic bright red barn. Yates is “one of the oldest, continually running businesses in Michigan,” according to the Mill’s website, but it still has the knack for great tasting cider. Not only does Yates offer seasonal favorites like hot apple cider, but it also serves up old-time ice cream that could make Coldstone jealous. Make it a family tradition to come out to Yates during autumn to enjoy the changing seasons and some of the best cider in the area.
4620 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
www.casscafe.comWhat better cafe to find the best hot chocolate than one nominated for “Best Hot Chocolate” by Detroit A-List? Cass Cafe is a unique place located near Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of Art (affectionately known as the DIA). Because of the high concentration of creativity nearby, it has become a go-to place for artists as a gallery and gathering place to get some of the best hot chocolate in Detroit. The cafe is also a full restaurant which offers other hot beverages like tea from all around the world and even vegetarian and vegan options.
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Cafe Con Leche
4200 W Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48209
www.cafeconlechedetroit.comIf you’re in the mood for something beyond the typical Starbucks coffee and want to try some authentic Cuban and Mexican hot beverages, then Cafe Con Leche is your spot. Located in Mexicantown in Detroit, this quaint cafe offers only the best coffee that tastes like it was sent straight from Mexico City. Nothing is automated at Cafe Con Leche because everything is handmade and made to order to ensure only the best tasting coffee and Spanish-influenced hot chocolate called “Chocolate a la Taza.”
2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48026
www.sugarhousedetroit.comLooking for some exclusivity? How about adding a bit of old-school “Mad Men” vibe to your drinking experience? Sugar House in Detroit has you covered. Its location can be hard to find since it doesn’t boast a prominent sign and doesn’t do a lot of traditional advertising for its location. However, upon finding this place, you’ll be hard pressed to look for another as unique. Rather than offering non-alcoholic options for hot drinks, Sugar House has a rotating cocktail, craft beer and wine menu that changes seasonally (and sometimes even every other week). However, with the changing seasons comes changing menu items best suited for those cold nights.
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300 Hamilton Row
Birmingham, MI 48009
www.gocommonwealth.comPerhaps you’re looking for some nice teas like coconut, chamomile or chai. Whatever your preference, Commonwealth is the way to go for your tea cravings and cozy atmosphere to enjoy your drink in. Located in Birmingham, Commonwealth has a laid-back, luncheon type of setting where it roasts all coffee beans in house and offers exotic blends from Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Mexico to fill the room with that wonderful, freshly brewed coffee smell. However, Commonwealth’s tea is also a very good reason to stop by. Offering the normal black and green teas, one of its best happens to be the chai latte. Just enough spice to make you supremely relaxed, Commonwealth blows the major chains out of the water.