Hot cocktails to drink this winter

When the temperatures plummet, warm your cheeks with these hot cocktails at bars and restaurants around Chicago

Photograph Courtesy of Jennifer ContraveosStella by Starlight at Queen Mary's Tavern

Winter in Chicago lasts a long time, so thank goodness for high tea, cozy fireplaces and plenty of hot cocktails at Chicago restaurants and bars. This year, bartenders are bringing their A game, with innovative takes on classic drinks—Mexican Christmas punch, uniquely spiced hot toddies and tequila drinks with warm milk—designed to keep you toasty all winter long.

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Hot cocktails in Chicago


Tom and Jerry at 1952 1/2 Liquorette

This southern bar concocts a cocktail that was traditional served during the holidays before Prohibition began. Sip on this drink made with Suntory whisky, Tom and Jerry batter, warm milk, allspice and cinnamon.


Back Rub at The Barrelhouse Flat

There's nothing that'll warm you up quicker than a bourbon cocktail. Massage your throat with this combonation of Angel's Envy bourbon, amaro sfumato, honey, cinnamon and hot chocolate. $10

Sheffield & DePaul

The Layered Holiday at Drumbar

The bar on the 18th floor of the Rafaello Hotel mixes up a salty, sweet cocktail perfect for the holidays that incorporates Averna, rosemary infused pineapple rum, Angostura and salted caramel. $13


Sporty's Toddy at Sportsman's Club

Post up at this funky, taxidermy-filled during a cold winter night. Warm up with a hot toddy made with Dewar's 12 year whiskey, sherry, amaro, craberry syrup and lemon. $10

Ukrainian Village

Tia Juana at The Whistler

This cocktail finds inspiration in a traditional Mexican Christmas punch. The Whistler's spiced take is made with dark rum, tamarind, star anise cinnamon, apples, raisins and lemon. $10

Logan Square

The Base Layer at Pub Royale

Hide out in this pub and lose track of time sipping on a uniquely-spiced hot cocktail made with Bacardi 8, bourbon, Garam masala syrup and all spice dram. $10

Ukrainian Village

Hot Tea at Bar DeVille

Head to this Art Deco-styled bar and sip on some boozy hot tea in buttery leather booths. This simple cup of tea is made with Bacardi 8, tea, lemon and an orange peel. $10

River West/West Town

Rare Tea Toddy at Trenchermen

Try a classic toddy at this low-key bar. The Trencherman mixes up this winter cocktail with Rare Tea Cellar's tea, rye whisky, amaro and lemony honey syrup. $10

Wicker Park

Rum at Estereo

Escape the bitter cold in a Latin-inspired bar and order the hot Rum cocktail made with Bacardi 8, Klug Farms Apple Cider, cinnamon and spiced pear. $10

Logan Square
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