Winter Warmers: The Seasonal Drinks to Sip—and Skip

Ditch chain-made drinks for these local seasonal sips.

Photo by Jesse Moore

Photo by Jesse Moore

If You Have a Chai Craving…
Skip: Cosi’s sugary boxed-mix chai latte.
Sip: The sweet and spicy masala chai at the Random Tea Room in NoLibs. Made in-house with local milk, it’s the perfect way to get your caffeine fix minus the mid-morning sugar crash.

If You Love, Love, Love Gingerbread…
Skip: Starbucks’ syrupy gingerbread latte.
Sip: The Autumn Glow tea with a dash of milk and honey from Burlap and Bean Coffee in Newtown Square. The loose-leaf tea packs a punch of wintry spices without contributing to winter weight gain.

If Hot Chocolate Keeps You Going..
Skip: Dunkin’ Donuts’ machine-made salted-caramel hot chocolate.
Sip: Vegan hot chocolate at HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse and West Philly. This delicious cocoa concoction, topped off with whipped coconut cream, is definitely an indulgence—but it’s so worth a few extra squats.