Just because it’s flu season doesn’t mean you have to give in to your inner Grinch. Ease those winter blues with a comforting, cozy cocktail, and reap the cold fighting benefits of vitamin C, honey, and chamomile. If you’re feeling under the weather this holiday, head to one of these establishments to give yourself some much needed R&R.  

Bluestem Brasserie 

When cold season strikes, run to Bluestem Brasserie for Aunt Chrysti’s hot Austrian punsch — after all, it’s as close to mother as you can get. If punsch isn't your style, try one of their "get well" drinks that will have you back on your feet before the cup is empty. 1 Yerba Buena Lane.

Two Sisters Bar & Books

Two Sister’s has the comforting vibe down pat — a dark, cozy interior, homemade dishes cooked up in the modest, open kitchen, and two loving sisters running every facet of the place. Walk in and you’ll just want to pull up a blanket, let them take care of you, and stay the night. While you’re at it, try their soothing chamomile old fashioned with chamomile-infused old forester bourbon, honey, and bitters. You’ll feel like family.  579 Hayes St.

Hillside Supper Club

Mother always said: nothing fights a cold like a pot of tea and a cup of chicken noodle soup. Head into Hillside Supper Club for the next best thing. They’re serving up Mr. Gomez with cream sherry, cold brew coffee, smoked syrup, and lemon juice. 300 Precita Ave. 


Oakland dwellers, rejoice! At the first signs of a throat tickle, head into Hopscotch to load up on vitamin C with their Long Goodie, made with vodka, contratto vermouth, combier, and a healthy dose of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. 1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.