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23 of the Hottest Hot Cocktails in Chicago

Turn up the heat with boozy beverages that warm from the inside out.

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One of the few perks of cold weather is the excuse to drink hot alcohol. The welcomed replacement to summer's margaritas come in the form of creative takes on toddies, gourmet glasses of boozy hot chocolate and pots full of warm tea punch. These 25 comforting concoctions will help carry you to spring.

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1. Bottlefork

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441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-1900
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This fiery take on hot chocolate, dubbed hot cocoa Azteca, turns up the heat with créme de cacao, chile de arbol, milk, and a flambeed marshmallow.
Bottlefork

2. JIMMY at The James Chicago

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610 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 660-7191
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In theory, one could start or end the day with a cup of Kentucky coffee, made with Four Roses bourbon, Sparrow coffee, and mint whipped cream. The bourbon offers a hint of toffee and caramel flavors that combines with local coffee to create a rich cocktail.
Jimmy

3. Mon Ami Gabi

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2300 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-8886
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This ain't your grandma's mulled wine. This decadent version goes by the name of "Hot Figgy Mulled Wine" and is made with red wine, figs, orange, anise, and cherry brandy.
Lettuce Entertain You

4. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
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This hot cocktail is so cool it comes with its own sweater-covered flask. One of three takes on the toddy, "Bond in Tokyo" is served with sake, shochu, sweet potato, and Genmaicha tea.
Mott Street

5. Rockit Bar and Grill

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22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 645-6000
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Chances are you will never meet a drunken monk, but you can drink one via this decadent drink made with Evan Williams bourbon, Frangelico, chocolate, espresso, steamed milk, and marshmallow.
Rockit

6. Sable Kitchen & Bar

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505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704
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Light up with flaming, spiked hot chocolate. "Blazed and Infused" combines Diplomatico and St. George Argicole rum with honey-tea syrup and Amaro di Angostura. The drink is garnished with a torched, rum-soaked marshmallow.
Sable Kitchen & Bar

7. Travelle

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330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
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This take on the Blue Blazer—called "Thai-rd of the Cold Blazer"—adds an Asian twist to the classic cocktail with Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, Atlantico rum, Thai tea, Emperor’s Jaggery, Clement Coconut, and condensed milk.
Travelle

8. Bohemian House

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11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-0439
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Those in the know opt for the off-menu winter in Salzburg during winter at BoHo. The fan favorite cocktail is served warm with Cognac, St. Germain, rosemary-infused apple cider, torched rosemary, cloves, and lemon.
Bohemian House

9. The Dawson

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732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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Inspired by chicory—the common coffee additive—head bartender Harrison Ginsberg infuses George Dickel 8 with plant and combines it with Bacardi 8, Madeira, green Chartreuse and local cider.
Nicole Manion

10. Balena

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1633 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-3888
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A little sweet and a little heat is the name of the game with the Gianduja Hot Chocolate that is spiked with Nocino, an Italian liquor made from unripe green walnuts.
Balena

11. Blackbird

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619 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708
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Chief mixologist Kyle Davidson's take on a toddy starts with rum that has been infused with Rare Tea Cellar Rooibos. It is topped with house made whipped cream flavored with a tiny bit of sugar, so the cocktail doesn't taste like a "dessert drink."
Blackbird

12. C.C. Ferns

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2806 W Augusta Blvd
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-2547
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It's never too early to slip a little something special in your coffee. In addition to rum-spiked espresso in the Cuban latte, the boozy steamers menu also features a popular Benedictine and chai with ginger.
C.C. Ferns

13. Celeste

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111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-9000
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What's better than a cup of hot chocolate—made with Magnolia Bakery’s new line of bars—on a cold winer's night? Throwing a shot of yellow Chartreuse and almond-flavored Crème de Noyaux in there to boot.
Celeste

14. Chicago Athletic Association

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 940-3552
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Simply called "Hot," this cold-weather cocktail is available fireside or on one of the comfy conches in Chicago Athletic Association's perfectly preserved parlor. Designed by beverage director Paul McGee, the drink is a take on Glögg, made with red wine, aquavit, ruby port, and spices.
Chicago Athletic Association

15. Cochon Volant

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100 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 754-6560
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The French brasserie offers an elegant take on the Tom and Jerry named the Tom and Chérie. It's a hot Cognac cocktail made with Sauternes, milk, egg batter, and baking spices.
Cochon Volant

16. Headquarters Beercade

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213 W Institute Pl
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 291-8735
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The arcade bar offers an assortment of toasty cocktails, including one topped with scorched marshmallows and other presented in an apple. "Yoga Pants" takes a jab at the PSL with pumpkin spice, brandy, milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg whipped cream.
Headquarters

17. Lone Wolf

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806 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 600-9391
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If Drake were a cocktail, he would be the "Hot Wine Bling," a moody and boozy mulled wine made with red wine, a dash of cognac, and soothing baking spices.
Lone Wolf

18. Pub Royale

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2049 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-6874
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The Anglo-Indian pub offers a take on the traditional southern English drink, Wassail. Using last year's cider and this season's apples, the punch-like concoction is spiked with Trabanco Spanish cider and Aspall Off Dry Cider along with sherry and marsala.
Pub Royale

19. Queen Mary

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2125 W Division
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-3522
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Pinkies up is optional with the boozy Tea Punch served at the newest Heisler Hospitality bar. The boozy Earl Grey is made with El Dorado 8, lemon, and honey. The large-format cocktail is served in a vintage teapot with matching tea cups.
Nick Murway

20. Scofflaw

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3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-9700
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A seasonal favorite at this gin bar has no gin in it whatsoever. Instead, it's a classic hot buttered rum with Cruzan dark rum, Cruzan Blackstrap rum, butter, allspice, clove, and nutmeg that returns to the menu every fall.
Scofflaw

21. Broken Shaker

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19 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
Meet one of the newest additions to Broken Shaker's lineup of creative cocktails. The Ñ toddy combines cascara cherry elixir, citrus, velvet falernum, and Apostle gin in a copper cup.
Broken Shaker

22. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-5637
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If you love a good chai latte, then you will adore this alcoholic version made with housemade chai that is frothed with heavy whipping cream and poured table side over a base of Kahlua and aged rum.
Joe's

23. Southport & Irving

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4000 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 857-2890
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Grab a glass of Glögg and forget spring is still months away. This version is made with Rioja wine, Lustro Brandy de Jerez, Kronan Swedish Punsch, and spiced ginger syrup.
Southport & Irving

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1. Bottlefork

441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Bottlefork
This fiery take on hot chocolate, dubbed hot cocoa Azteca, turns up the heat with créme de cacao, chile de arbol, milk, and a flambeed marshmallow.
441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. JIMMY at The James Chicago

610 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60610
Jimmy
In theory, one could start or end the day with a cup of Kentucky coffee, made with Four Roses bourbon, Sparrow coffee, and mint whipped cream. The bourbon offers a hint of toffee and caramel flavors that combines with local coffee to create a rich cocktail.
610 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60610

3. Mon Ami Gabi

2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614
Lettuce Entertain You
This ain't your grandma's mulled wine. This decadent version goes by the name of "Hot Figgy Mulled Wine" and is made with red wine, figs, orange, anise, and cherry brandy.
2300 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Mott Street
This hot cocktail is so cool it comes with its own sweater-covered flask. One of three takes on the toddy, "Bond in Tokyo" is served with sake, shochu, sweet potato, and Genmaicha tea.
1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Rockit Bar and Grill

22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Rockit
Chances are you will never meet a drunken monk, but you can drink one via this decadent drink made with Evan Williams bourbon, Frangelico, chocolate, espresso, steamed milk, and marshmallow.
22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Sable Kitchen & Bar

505 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Sable Kitchen & Bar
Light up with flaming, spiked hot chocolate. "Blazed and Infused" combines Diplomatico and St. George Argicole rum with honey-tea syrup and Amaro di Angostura. The drink is garnished with a torched, rum-soaked marshmallow.
505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Travelle

330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Travelle
This take on the Blue Blazer—called "Thai-rd of the Cold Blazer"—adds an Asian twist to the classic cocktail with Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, Atlantico rum, Thai tea, Emperor’s Jaggery, Clement Coconut, and condensed milk.
330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Bohemian House

11 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Bohemian House
Those in the know opt for the off-menu winter in Salzburg during winter at BoHo. The fan favorite cocktail is served warm with Cognac, St. Germain, rosemary-infused apple cider, torched rosemary, cloves, and lemon.
11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. The Dawson

732 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
Nicole Manion
Inspired by chicory—the common coffee additive—head bartender Harrison Ginsberg infuses George Dickel 8 with plant and combines it with Bacardi 8, Madeira, green Chartreuse and local cider.
732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Balena

1633 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Balena
A little sweet and a little heat is the name of the game with the Gianduja Hot Chocolate that is spiked with Nocino, an Italian liquor made from unripe green walnuts.
1633 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

11. Blackbird

619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Blackbird
Chief mixologist Kyle Davidson's take on a toddy starts with rum that has been infused with Rare Tea Cellar Rooibos. It is topped with house made whipped cream flavored with a tiny bit of sugar, so the cocktail doesn't taste like a "dessert drink."
619 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

12. C.C. Ferns

2806 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622
C.C. Ferns
It's never too early to slip a little something special in your coffee. In addition to rum-spiked espresso in the Cuban latte, the boozy steamers menu also features a popular Benedictine and chai with ginger.
2806 W Augusta Blvd
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Celeste

111 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Celeste
What's better than a cup of hot chocolate—made with Magnolia Bakery’s new line of bars—on a cold winer's night? Throwing a shot of yellow Chartreuse and almond-flavored Crème de Noyaux in there to boot.
111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Chicago Athletic Association
Simply called "Hot," this cold-weather cocktail is available fireside or on one of the comfy conches in Chicago Athletic Association's perfectly preserved parlor. Designed by beverage director Paul McGee, the drink is a take on Glögg, made with red wine, aquavit, ruby port, and spices.
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

15. Cochon Volant

100 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Cochon Volant
The French brasserie offers an elegant take on the Tom and Jerry named the Tom and Chérie. It's a hot Cognac cocktail made with Sauternes, milk, egg batter, and baking spices.
100 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

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16. Headquarters Beercade

213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, IL 60610
Headquarters
The arcade bar offers an assortment of toasty cocktails, including one topped with scorched marshmallows and other presented in an apple. "Yoga Pants" takes a jab at the PSL with pumpkin spice, brandy, milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg whipped cream.
213 W Institute Pl
Chicago, IL 60610

17. Lone Wolf

806 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Lone Wolf
If Drake were a cocktail, he would be the "Hot Wine Bling," a moody and boozy mulled wine made with red wine, a dash of cognac, and soothing baking spices.
806 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Pub Royale

2049 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Pub Royale
The Anglo-Indian pub offers a take on the traditional southern English drink, Wassail. Using last year's cider and this season's apples, the punch-like concoction is spiked with Trabanco Spanish cider and Aspall Off Dry Cider along with sherry and marsala.
2049 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

19. Queen Mary

2125 W Division, Chicago, IL 60622
Nick Murway
Pinkies up is optional with the boozy Tea Punch served at the newest Heisler Hospitality bar. The boozy Earl Grey is made with El Dorado 8, lemon, and honey. The large-format cocktail is served in a vintage teapot with matching tea cups.
2125 W Division
Chicago, IL 60622

20. Scofflaw

3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Scofflaw
A seasonal favorite at this gin bar has no gin in it whatsoever. Instead, it's a classic hot buttered rum with Cruzan dark rum, Cruzan Blackstrap rum, butter, allspice, clove, and nutmeg that returns to the menu every fall.
3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

21. Broken Shaker

19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611