You can step outside in the freezing cold Chicago winter and warm up with some hot cocktails at restaurants around the city, or you can make these drinks at home. Five mixologists/bartenders from around the city share some of their favorite drink recipes. Not only are they creative, but they also taste delicious and are much better than soup when it comes to warming you up on a brisk winter day.
1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
In this cozy pub in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood, the drinks — including craft beers and cocktails — are just as important as the delectable pub food. With 17 years of experience, Beverage Director Chris Kafcas has worked at a number of Chicago institutions, and at Fountainhead, he’s dedicated to offering great food and beverage combinations as well as outstanding service.
Calvados Hot Toddy
1227 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Dusek’s Board & Beer’s newest Beverage Director, Greg Buttera, has worked at some of the best restaurants and bars — including Sable and The Aviary. He’s also been interviewed for a number of publications and television shows; his recipes have also been featured, including in Food & Wine’s Cocktails 2013. He joined Dusek’s in November 2014.
Charles Dickens Punch
3908 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
This Lakeview restaurant may be known for its delicious, crispy pizza and other Italian specialties, but it also has a stellar hand-crafted cocktail bar menu thanks to bar manager Maegan Reddick. This particular martini recipe is perfect for warming you from the inside out.
Feisty Friar Martini
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123 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
This rustic but contemporary Michelin-starred restaurant features seasonal dishes in a classic atmosphere. And behind the bar you’ll find Griffin Elliott crafting an ever-changing cocktail list. Come winter time, he creates some wonderful drinks that are designed to warm you up.
Hot Buttered Rum
Spiced Butter Dough Ingredients (Makes roughly 10 servings)
100 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Located in the historic McCormic Mansion, SideDoor Restaurant is an American gastropub. Enjoy a casual meal and imbibe on some wonderful cocktails by bartender Derek Walker, who loves to bring his training as a historian and love of coffee into mixology. One such cocktail is his Cafe Normandy cocktail which is a play on the classic coffee drink.
Cafe Normandy cocktail (or, What’s in Charlotte Corday’s coffee?)
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s writing about a variety of topics for numerous websites and blogs, and working part-time at a culinary vacation company based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at Examiner.com.