As the cold weather descends upon Chicago, it's time to start preparing for ways to stay warm during the next few months. Beat the freeze and get a buzz with a boozy cup of hot apple cider—perhaps the perfect seasonal drink—at one of the following places that are doing interesting cocktails or twists. It's guaranteed to keep you nice and toasty and help make the harsh elements a little more bearable.Read More
7 Great Hot and Boozy Ciders to Keep You Warm In Chicago
1. The Dawson
Hand-crafted cocktails are a main focus of the West Town restaurant so it should come as no surprise that its “French Market” cider creation is a little different from the norm. The drink is inspired by chicory and features chicory-infused George Dickel 8 whisky and Bacardi 8 rum along with some Madeira and green chartreuse.
The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s rooftop spot offers a mulled cider on its menu for the holiday season. The version here blends cider with ancho chile, pecan, star anise, clove and cinnamon. The drink can also be made boozy with the addition of Ocho Reposado tequila.
The Bucktown cocktail lounge is getting in the holiday spirit with a hot spiced cider special. Enjoy a blend of Clyde May’s whiskey, Allspice Dram, rosemary syrup, cider and ango, garnished with torched rosemary.
4. Chop Shop
Stay toasted during the holidays with Chop Shop’s cran-cider concoction. It’s a warm, tart mix of ingredients that includes cider, Deep Eddy cranberry vodka, cranberry and lemon juice, lingonberry-cranberry puree, apple butter and winter spiced syrup.
5. Rockit Burger Bar
When the temperatures dip, few things are more comforting than a hearty burger with hot apple cider. Luckily, you can get both at the popular Lakeview spot. The seasonal savory cider is spiked with Buffalo Trace and rosemary simple syrup for an easy yet delicious cocktail.
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There’s no better nightcap after a cool autumn day than a glass of warm cider. At Vincent, late night happy hour starts at 10 p.m. and features hot cinnamon rum cider for $5.
7. Bub City
Chef Christian Eckmann’s mulled cider is the ideal complement to the restaurant’s barbecue on a chilly day. Stay toasty with the classic drink made of apple cider, Bulleit bourbon, lemon, ginger and allspice, garnished with a cinnamon stick for good measure.