Eager to put some fire into hot-drink sales, some mixologists are crafting a new breed of libation that stands above the typical hot toddy or Irish coffee. These "new wave" warmers are based on upscale coffee blends, loose-leaf teas, gourmet chocolates and other upscale products and spiked with premium or superpremium spirits. In true bar-chef style, the beverages often sport unusual savory or sweet ingredients borrowed from the kitchen as well. Take the brewed-to-order tea cocktails ...

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