Things to Do This Winter in Chicago: Five Hot Drinks Worth Sipping

HOT SHOTS: From Owen & Engine’s hot cider to Rustic House’s spiced rum nog, our favorite concoctions of the season

Rustic House's Spiced Rum Nog
Rum eggnog from Rustic House

As soon as the first leaf falls, Chicago bars and restaurants rush to roll out their winter drink menus. And in this era of craft cocktail mania, you can bet they’re elevating those hot toddies and mulled wines. Here are five worth sipping:

CARIBBEAN PRESS
Henri’s French-pressed concoction is a heady blend of Haitian coffee, Botran Solera rum, cardamom pods, star anise, and cloves. $12 (serves two). 18 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com

HOT MULLED CIDER
Owen & Engine’s version is made with Ellis Farms cider and a swig of Michter’s rye, Gosling’s dark rum, or Calvados apple brandy. $10. 2700 N. Western Ave.; 773-235-2930, owenandengine.com

HOT AND CURRANT
Prairie Fire’s steaming hot tea doubles as a cure for a scratchy throat with its sweet black currant liqueur, Jack Daniel’s, and lemon. $9. 215 N. Clinton St.; 312-382-8300, prairiefirechicago.com

SPICED RUM NOG
Rustic House amps up the holiday classic with homemade eggnog, Appleton rum, whipped cream, and a crunchy cinnamon tuile. $11. 1967 N. Halsted St.; 312-929-3227, rustichousechicago.com

MULLED PINOT NOIR
Custom House Tavern steeps red wine with slices of orange, dried figs, wintry spices, cherry liqueur, and Maritova port. Served in a mug. $12. 500 S. Dearborn St.; 312-523-0200, customhouse.cc

 

Photograph: Kim Thornton

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