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Warm up with these delicious winter rum cocktails in Chicago

Winter weather is frightful, but these toasty rum sippers are more than delightful.

Written by Samantha Nelson for Time Out, in association with BACARDÍ

Originating in warm sugar-growing areas, rum is usually associated with summery sippers like pina coladas and daiquiris that can add to the fun of a tropical vacation—or at least make you feel like you’ve escaped to a beach. But rum is a versatile spirit, and it’s just as popular when the temperature plunges. Chicago bars add rum to warm drinks to help you shake off the chill or brace yourself to head back out and mix it into complex spiced cocktails that will make you feel cozy. Pull on your coat because these winter rum cocktails are worth braving the elements to try.

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The best rum cocktails to try this winter

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Lincoln Park

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a blend of barrel-aged rum, horchata, dulce de leche and egg white rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Scope out the eclectic art on the walls from one of the plush seats at the bar or grab a booth and pair the drink with orange ricotta doughnuts with bourbon glaze.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Bucktown
  • price 2 of 4

If you need something strong after bracing the howling winds, order this warm drink made with Scotch and dark rum as well as a liqueur made from Scotch, honey and herbs. Then settle in to enjoy the restaurant’s spectacular eight-course tasting menu or order hearty dishes like a roasted half chicken with giardiniera a la carte.

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