The holidays are behind us and now…it’s just…winter. Ugh, right? But before you let that S.A.D. kick in, break that
Lonesome Rose (2101 N. California Ave.)
The next time you find yourself hiding from the cold behind a big plate of Truck Stop Nachos (nothing warms bellies and hearts quite like queso), treat yourself to a mug of the mulled apple cider or Mexican hot chocolate. And don’t forget to add mezcal or bourbon!
Heavy Feather (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
The folks at Heavy Feather may have a thing for toddies (and who can blame them?) because after last year’s Chocolate Toddy, they’re switching things up. Introducing the Chai Toddy, featuring cognac, Applejack, house made chai, and lemon. This tipple will definitely warm you up this winter and if it doesn’t, there’s always the dance floor at Slippery Slope.
Spilt Milk Tavern (2758 W. Fullerton Ave.)
Whether you’re looking for variety or something beyond the regular old toddy, head over to Spilt Milk Tavern where they have a separate menu just for those treasured finger-thawing hot drinks. Guests can enjoy the classics such as hot buttered rum, glogg, and hot toddies, as well as some newer offerings like Fernet Me Not (Fernet Branca, hot chocolate, whipped cream) and a hot old fashioned.
Scofflaw (3201 W. Armitage Ave.)
Sometimes, when the forecast says “wintry mix” and a little part of you just wants to hide, you need something warm, familiar, and comforting. And there’s a reason hot buttered rums and toddies are a dime a dozen around here—they’re warm, familiar, and comforting, just like Scofflaw. So if you have to trudge through the snow or the rain, trudge on over to Scofflaw and enjoy some of the classics done right with their hot buttered rum and gin toddy.
Billy Sunday (3143 W. Logan Blvd.)
When you’re feeling fancy but can’t feel your toes, pop on over to Billy Sunday for their Professor Plum cocktail (pictured above). Featuring rye whiskey, cognac, roasted plum, port, and smoked black pepper, the Professor Plum is certainly one of the more unique drinks on this list. Pair it with one of their delicious small plates and you are in for one heck of a cozy time.
The Moonlighter (3204 W. Armitage Ave.)
If you still want a sports vibe and maybe that vegan burger but also want to drink a warm cocktail, The Moonlighter has a lone warm drink: a hot apple Country Cider with spices and oranges.
This story was originally published Jan. 8 2019 and has been updated.
Photo credit: Kristina Alto