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10 New Winter Cocktails to Try in Chicago This Month

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We're well into the middle of winter now, and the bars and restaurants of Chicago have been rolling out their cold-weather cocktail lists. On them you'll find drinks both hot and cold, made with sugar and spice, citrus, chocolate, and quite a bit of tea. Here, now, are some of Chicago's best new winter cocktails.

—Marguerite Preston


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mercadito

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108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 329-9555
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One of three new cocktails made with tea-infused tequila, the Cookie Cutter ($11) is made with gingerbread rooibos tea-infused Herredura reposado, Ferrand Curacao, lemon, Negra Modelo beer and garnished with bourbon smoked sugar and orange peel.

2. Inovasi

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28 E. Center Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
(847) 295-1000
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Andrew Morgan has created the Squash Toddy ($10), his version of a hot toddy made with made with squash puree, maple syrup, apple brandy, rye whiskey and lemon juice, and cinnamon.

3. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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Though there are a whole range of seasonal drinks on The Violet Hour's extensive menu, only two are served hot. One, the Aberdeen Sling ($12), is made with Pig's Nose Scotch, Lemon, Benedictine, Honey Syrup, Peychaud's Bitters. If you come with a crowd, you'll also find two Winter Punch Bowls on the menu, made with ingredients like Chai-spiced Pierre Ferrand 1840 or tobacco bitters. The punch bowls serve 3-4 people for $32.

4. The Barrelhouse Flat

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2624 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0421
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The La Catrina ($13) is one of the specials on the menu for January. Created by mixologist Mark Brinker, it's a warming concoction of Reposado tequila, Punt e Mes, lemon, ginger syrup, and chocolate bitters.

5. Longman & Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
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The winter menu at this modern version of a the town inn includes a cocktail called Rudolph's Oasis ($8), made with whiskey, ruby port, Cynar, Fernet Branca, and Moroccan bitters. And yes, it is named after a certain red-nosed reindeer.

6. Bridge Bar Chicago

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315 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0100
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Head Bar Chef Kevin Schulz has crafted the Slippery Slope ($11, half priced on Tuesdays): a hot apple cider with W.L. Weller bourbon. Bridge will be serving this cozy cocktail through February.

7. Trenchermen

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2039 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1540
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The winter menu for this new Wicker Park restaurant includes the Pioneer ($12), made with pine needle whiskey, campari and citrus. In the midst of so much sugar and spice, this is probably one of the only drinks you'll find that comes closer to a Christmas tree than a Christmas cookie.

8. Untitled

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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The winter menu at this whiskey-focused, speakeasy-style restaurant includes The Black Dove ($14), made with Bulleit Bourbon, Nocello Walnut Liqueur, coffee, and Dove chocolate. If only it came with one of those heartwarming inspirational messages too.

9. Blackbird

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619 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708
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The featured cocktail on Blackbird's seasonal menu is The Maiden and The Huntsman ($12). Chief mixologist Lynn House this wintery concoction with Campo de Encanto, Pernod, Absinthe, sparkling wine, Anjou pear, and caraway.

10. The Drawing Room

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937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-2694
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One January addition to The Drawing Room's menu is the Red Bush ($13), created by Sergio Serna, one of the bar's master bartenders. It's one more rooibos tea cocktail for you, made with rooibos infused Scotch "rocks", Cointreau, cinnamon syrup, and fresh lemon sour.

1. Mercadito

108 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60610
One of three new cocktails made with tea-infused tequila, the Cookie Cutter ($11) is made with gingerbread rooibos tea-infused Herredura reposado, Ferrand Curacao, lemon, Negra Modelo beer and garnished with bourbon smoked sugar and orange peel.
108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610

2. Inovasi

28 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Andrew Morgan has created the Squash Toddy ($10), his version of a hot toddy made with made with squash puree, maple syrup, apple brandy, rye whiskey and lemon juice, and cinnamon.
28 E. Center Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

3. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Though there are a whole range of seasonal drinks on The Violet Hour's extensive menu, only two are served hot. One, the Aberdeen Sling ($12), is made with Pig's Nose Scotch, Lemon, Benedictine, Honey Syrup, Peychaud's Bitters. If you come with a crowd, you'll also find two Winter Punch Bowls on the menu, made with ingredients like Chai-spiced Pierre Ferrand 1840 or tobacco bitters. The punch bowls serve 3-4 people for $32.
1520 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

4. The Barrelhouse Flat

2624 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
The La Catrina ($13) is one of the specials on the menu for January. Created by mixologist Mark Brinker, it's a warming concoction of Reposado tequila, Punt e Mes, lemon, ginger syrup, and chocolate bitters.
2624 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The winter menu at this modern version of a the town inn includes a cocktail called Rudolph's Oasis ($8), made with whiskey, ruby port, Cynar, Fernet Branca, and Moroccan bitters. And yes, it is named after a certain red-nosed reindeer.
2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Bridge Bar Chicago

315 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654
Head Bar Chef Kevin Schulz has crafted the Slippery Slope ($11, half priced on Tuesdays): a hot apple cider with W.L. Weller bourbon. Bridge will be serving this cozy cocktail through February.
315 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Trenchermen

2039 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The winter menu for this new Wicker Park restaurant includes the Pioneer ($12), made with pine needle whiskey, campari and citrus. In the midst of so much sugar and spice, this is probably one of the only drinks you'll find that comes closer to a Christmas tree than a Christmas cookie.
2039 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Untitled

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
The winter menu at this whiskey-focused, speakeasy-style restaurant includes The Black Dove ($14), made with Bulleit Bourbon, Nocello Walnut Liqueur, coffee, and Dove chocolate. If only it came with one of those heartwarming inspirational messages too.
111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Blackbird

619 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
The featured cocktail on Blackbird's seasonal menu is The Maiden and The Huntsman ($12). Chief mixologist Lynn House this wintery concoction with Campo de Encanto, Pernod, Absinthe, sparkling wine, Anjou pear, and caraway.
619 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661

10. The Drawing Room

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
One January addition to The Drawing Room's menu is the Red Bush ($13), created by Sergio Serna, one of the bar's master bartenders. It's one more rooibos tea cocktail for you, made with rooibos infused Scotch "rocks", Cointreau, cinnamon syrup, and fresh lemon sour.
937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

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