Traveling to Chicago soon? Well, we have a late winter suggestion for you. Get some warmth from these seasonal concoctions around Chicago to heat your insides with warm and fuzzy spirits. From hot ciders to Glögg, we’ve got a warm drink for you.
Sweden’s delectable drink specialty, Glögg is crafted masterfully at Simon’s Tavern in Andersonville. A spicy yet sweet mulled wine spiked with brandy, raisins, and almond shavings- a perfect blend to give your winter night a warm boost. Simon’s also is locally known for one of the best jukeboxes around. Find a warm drink and superb ambience in Simon’s Tavern located at 5210 N Clark St.
Check out cozy neighborhood spot Fountainhead for an intensely delicious take on apple cider. The ingredients are not minimal: sliced apples, cloves & cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg & honey blended with Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey. Get warm and toasty by the fireplace at this excellent neighborhood restaurant and bar at 1970 W Montrose Ave.
Decadent and sweet, the spiked hot chocolate at Mercadito is a delicious alcoholic beverage. Their chocomole hot cocoa is mixed with peanut butter as well as mole spices, then added is Portuguese liqueur which creates the sweet in with the spice. The glass is rimmed with salt and pepper spices, and this magnificent drink will run you under $10 at 108 W Kinzie St.
Our post on mixed drinks wouldn’t be complete without one of our favorite cocktail spots, The Whistler. In addition to a long list of well-crafted drinks, they offer their own take on seasonal Glögg- their Swedish-style drink is made with ruby port and malbec syrup and mulled with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, almonds and orange peels. Take in a masterly crafted beverage and a live band in Whistler’s intimate setting at 2421 N Milwaukee Ave.
A staple among warm winter drinks, the Hot Toddy at Twisted Spoke is one tasty cocktail. Imagine chai tea, lemon zest, cinnamon & honey blended with Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey and you have a toasty drink crafted to warm you on some of the coldest nights. Order a signature Hot Toddy at 501 N. Ogden Ave.