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Finally, a reason to pray for cold.

As the temperature drops this winter so does the price of the spiked apple cider at Chez Oskar in Fort Greene.

The brandy-infused beverage starts at $8 for a steaming mug, but drops to $7 if the day’s low temperature is 30 degrees. After that, every two-degree dip in the mercury takes another dollar off the drink. And when the air is a frigid 16 degrees or less, it’s free (with the purchase of lunch, that is — state law prohibits restaurants from giving away booze).

“We want to get people outside of the house, so what better way to do that?” said owner Charlotta Jannssen. “It’s fun because it’s a bit like a game.”

Jannseen also praised the combination of organic cider, cloves, star anise, lemon, cinnamon and brandy because “it doesn’t just warm you up, but it also awakens your senses.”

In our own taste test, the staff found the drink richly satisfying, in a smokey, apple-donut sort of way.

“I only wish it was colder outside,” said Editor Gersh Kuntzman, who was disappointed to find that his thermometer was reading “$8.”

It’s a great drink and a great deal. So make sure to visit Chez Oskar this winter — after you visit weather.com.

Winter cider special at Chez Oskar [211 DeKalb Ave. at Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, (718) 852-6250]. Monday-Friday from 11 am-6 pm.

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Reader Feedback

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
do they deliver?
Feb. 1, 2011, 11:01 am
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
Love it!
Feb. 1, 2011, 11:50 am
Zatty from Fort greene says:
The blond is coming with it ?
Feb. 1, 2011, 3:50 pm
The Blond from Ft Greene says:
But of course.
Feb. 2, 2011, 11:32 am

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