There is no denying; it is still very, very cold here in Chicago. A few days in the 40s gets us all excited, but before you know it we are back to snow and sub-zero temps. We put up with it, well, because, summer! In efforts to pass the time while we freeze our butts off, we have researched and rounded up some of the best cocktails around town to warm you up on those cold nights. Brave the snow, and get out of the house to sip on this yummy cocktails that are sure to make the time pass until spring. Cheers!
Alpine Swizzle at Somerset
This seasonal libation is crisp and refreshing, with notes of the season to warm you up. It is made with Ketel One vodka, port wine, amaro, fresh lime juice, seasonal spices, and finished with rosemary.
Somerset, 1112 N State St, Chicago, IL (312) 586-2150
The Dark Adaptation at Apogee
Apogee, Chicago’s new downtown rooftop bar, has created a delicious libation that is sure to keep your insides warm. Master mixologist Benjamin Schiller is serving up the Dark Adaptation, a cocktail that combines Blackstrap Rum, cachaça, guava, lavender and Torches Cinnamon for a cozy finish.
Apogee, 2 W Erie St, Chicago, IL (312) 202-6060
The Apple Cider Cocktail at Eden
Beverage Director Alex Rydzewski has created a hot apple cider cocktail for winter. Warm up in the cozy restaurant and imbibe on spiced rum, rosemary, cinnamon honey syrup, lemon, 11th Orchard White Pine bitters, and vanilla sea salt.
Eden, 1748 W Lake St, Chicago, IL (312) 366-2294
The Ebeneezer at Drawl
Whiskey for winter is always a good idea. We are loving Drawl’s whiskey and wine concoction, the Ebeneezer, made with Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey, amaro Meletti, angostura, and mulled wine.
Drawl, 2423 N Clark St, Chicago, IL (773) 687-8111
The Manhattan Royale at Z Bar
Would would expect nothing less than this over the top cocktail from the folks at Z Bar, The Peninsula Hotels swanky rooftop bar and restaurant. Made with Elijah Craig 18-year-old bourbon, black truffle bitters, WhistlePig 15-year-old straight rye, and orange saffron bitters, this cocktail is sure to warm your insides up.
Z Bar, 108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL (312) 573-6888
The CBD-infused Cosmopolitan at Yokocho Japanese Alley Bar
We are loving this new Tokyo Alley inspired bar in Wicker Park, and, of the restaurants many innovative cocktails, the CBD-infused Cosmopolitan is a must-have this winter. Everywhere we look, CBD-infused items are popping up, and this is a drink that tastes good too, so come get your buzz on.
Yokocho Japanese Alley Bar, 1742 W Division St, Chicago, IL (773) 342-1742
The Raicilla at Bar Sotano
Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless has entered the bar game with his new Mexican-themed speakeasy style cocktail bar below Frontera Grill. The Raicilla is the latest cocktail we are excited about. Available soon, this cocktail is composed of La Venerosa Tabernas, rosemary, cinchona bark, allspice, and the best import from Mexico in our opinion, Topo Chico. Yum.
Bar Sotano, 443 N Clark St, Chicago, IL (312) 391-5857
The Smoke and Mirrors at Mastros
For a little heat, head to Mastros and try the Smoke and Mirrors. Made with red bell pepper slices, El Silencio Espadin Mezcal, Ancho Reyes Verde, and Tres Agave Nectar, it’s a sweet and spicy cocktail that pairs well with
Mastros, 520 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL (312) 521-5100