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Hot cocktails to drink this winter

Warm your cheeks with these hot cocktails at bars and restaurants around Chicago when the temperatures plummet

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Tea Punch at Queen Mary

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

Some Like It Hot at Analogue

Start the day with Analogue's take on Irish Coffee—Letherbee Fernet with demerara and Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee. It's topped with whipped cream and mint. $8.

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Logan Square

The Japanese Toddy at Ani

Ani's Hot Toddy is made with Journeyman's Old Country Goodness Cider liqueur, Japanese whisky, honey simple syrup, lemon and star anise. $10.

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Lake View

Tom & Jerry at Blackbird

Blackbird's take on the classic Tom & Jerry is made with egg yolk, spices, house-made meringue, bourbon, dark rum and orange curaçao. It's topped with warm milk and nutmeg for a spice-forward cocktail. $12.

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West Loop

The Chapman at Boka

This Blackstrap Bitters-spiced cocktail is made with Jim Beam Rye, Amaro Averna and apple demerara. It's perfect for cozying up with at the bar. $12.

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Lincoln Park

Holiday Hot Chocolates at Cindy's

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.

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Loop

French Market at the Dawson

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.

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River West/West Town
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