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—think hot buttered tequila, apple cider spiked with chartreuse and hot chai with rum—designed to keep you warm all winter long.
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Hot cocktails in Chicago
Through December, try this mulled white wine at Barrelhouse Flat—it's inspired by one of Barrelhouse Flat's owners who recently moved to Aspen. $13.Read more
Cindy's is serving up three hot chocolates (The Classic, Nutella Framboise and Cinnamon Maple) that can be spiked with selections from spirit guide Nandini Khaund. For something different, try the matcha latte, spiked with Tanqueray Old Tom Gin and Lazzaroni Amaretto. All $16.Book now Read more
The Dawson's hot cider cocktail combines chicory-infused George Dickel 8, Bacardi 8, madeira, green chartreuse and local cider for a warming drink. The Dawson is also serving bourbon-spiked coffee and Rich & Famous, with cinnamon, ancho and cayenne spices laced with Scotch and rum. All $12.
Warm up with hot chocolate with (or without, if you prefer) vanilla-infused Calle 23 Blanco tequila. It's spiced with cinnamon, cayenne and ginger, and topped with grated with saigon cinnamon. $7.Read more