The weather in Maine this fall has been especially glorious, with many more warm days than usual stretching well into November. Now that the seasonally appropriate chill has arrived, hot drinks are starting to show up on cocktail menus. Here are five places to enjoy them.
40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth | 207-799-3134 | innbythesea.com | $$$$
Located just off the lobby of the hotel, Sea Glass is a small, quiet restaurant with a spectacular view and a healthful menu introduced by chef Steve Sicinski. The dining room is a chic, elegant space, and dogs are welcome to join their owners at tables on the deck, or at the firepit, one of two ideal spots to sip a Hot Toddy by the Sea: Makers Mark, tea, lemon, honey and cinnamon. The other is inside by the fireplace in the cozy lounge, which also allows dogs.
327 Commercial St., Portland | 207-808-8840 | tiqapm.com | $$$
A beautiful and ambitious pan-Mediterranean restaurant the new Courtyard by Marriott on the edge of the Old Port, independently owned Tiqa boasts several contemporary and comfortable dining spaces, a large bar, and lounge. The menu features dishes inspired by a wide swath of the world – Italy, Spain, Israel, Morocco, Lebanon, to name a few. Warm up at the swanky bar with a Marin Pomme: Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, warmed Maine cider, brown sugar cube and bitters.
157 High St., Portland | 207-775-5411 | topoftheeast.com | $$$$
Following a much-needed refurbishment, Portland’s sky-high cocktail lounge is once again the place to be, especially when the weather allows for a spectacular view of Casco Bay through windows on three sides. A variety of comfortable seating options are all designed to give as many guests as possible the view, and it may be the best spot in the city to watch the snow come down, while sipping a Hot Buttered Rum.
84 Exchange St., Portland | 207-774-2333 | grillroomandbar.com | $$$$
The Grill Room is all about beef, with rib-eye and sirloin topping the menu. There’s also wood-fired pizza and a great variety of wood-grilled fish and meat. The space has a touch of Old World character and a comfortable, welcoming feel, with an exposed kitchen, long polished wood bar and friendly staff. The cocktail list includes the Maple Hot Toddy: Bulleit Rye, maple liqueur, black walnut bitters and lemon juice.
163 Danforth St, Portland | 207-879-8755 | tempodulu.restaurant | $$$$
The stunning, Southeast Asian restaurant at the uber-chic Danforth Inn wows dinner guests with distinctive dishes from chef Lawrence Klang, who uses flavors and techniques you won’t find elsewhere in Portland – or even in Maine. Trevin Hutchins presides over a matching bar program, creating one-of-a-kind cocktails that are as much about presentation and performance as they are about taste. On the new fall menu: The Fourth Gentleman — Barr Hill Tom Cat barrel-aged gin, Strega liqueur, Carpano Bianco vermouth and lemon, heated and infused with chrysanthemum blossoms, mint, pink peppercorns and coriander seeds.
The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity.)
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up