photographs by Justin Driscoll
Winter weather in Charlotte is all over the place — 75 degrees one day, freezing the next. For those chillier days, nothing hits the spot like a warm cup of cocoa. Mixologist Bob Peters adds a pinch of salt to his hot chocolate, which can be spiked with bourbon (his preferred ingredient) or your liquor of choice. “If you’re not a bourbon fan, tequila works really well. Mezcal is exceptional,” Peters says.
This Boozy Hot Chocolate at Grinning Mule in Plaza Midwood is carefully topped with a house-made marshmallow, then bruleed for a toasty campfire flavor.