Winter in Amsterdam can be stunningly cold, and sometimes only a seasonal tipple will do to warm you from the inside out.

Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal

Cafe Wynand Fockink Amsterdam

Traditional Dutch genever is the obvious place to start in Amsterdam, and at Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal you can sample some 70 Dutch genevers and liqueurs in an authentic 17th-century tasting house.

Pijlsteeg 31 // Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal

House Bar

House Bar Amsterdam

Or restore your rosy cheeks at cosy House Bar in a former 1645 Dutch family home, where the new circus-themed cocktail menu includes the ‘Grock’ (Stillery Vodka, fermented lemon and vermouth, pictured, €12) named after a 1930s clown act that performed at Amsterdam’s famous Royal Theatre Carré.

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5 //

Pulitzer’s Bar


The Hemingway-inspired ‘Expat Sazerac’ (€21) at Pulitzer’s Bar is already thematically onpoint with its rich pistachio-infused Talisker whisky, but combine that with salted caramel syrup and Cachaça, and you have a winter winner.

Keizersgracht 234 // Pulitzer's Bar


Metropolitan hot chocolate

Metropolitan’s ‘strong’ hot chocolate (rum optional) could rank among the world’s best (from €2.40).

Warmoesstraat 135 // Metropolitan