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12 Days Of Holiday Cocktails

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It’s cold. You’re thirsty. Count down the days until your holiday vacation with one (or all) of the winter libations below. Any of these finely mixed cocktails are sure to keep you toasty this season.

Stay warm, my friends.

The Violet Hour

1520 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Il
(773) 252-150
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1) In The Pines 


  • Death’s Door
  • Cocchi Americano
  • Douglas Fir Eau De Vie

2) Hush & Wonder 


  • Matusalem
  • Lime
  • Rothman
  • Winter Violette Liqueur

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, Il
(773) 525-1111

Kit Kat’s Holiday Martinis: $13.50 each on Friday and Saturday, Half-price ($6.25) Sunday through Thursday

3) Harmonie Merry-tini

  • Vodka
  • Hpnotiq Harmonie liqueur
  • triple sec
  • lime juice
  • sugar rim

4) Hpnotiq Snowflake

  • Hpnotiq liqueur
  • St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • squeeze fresh lemon
  • champagne floater
  • coconut flake garnish

5) Santa Baby

  • Cruzan pineapple coconut rum
  • Hpnotiq liqueur
  • pineapple juice

Market Bar Chicago

1113 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, Il

6) Hot Route – $11

  • Bacardi Oakhart
  • Hot Apple Cider

7) Mint Kiss – $12
Godiva Chocolate Vodka, Muddled Mint Leaves

Longman & Eagle

2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, Il
(773) 276-7110

8) Shrubbery

The Shrub is essentially fruit syrup cooked down with vinegar and sugar originating in colonial America. Our cranberry shrub is spiced by folding in whole clove, cinnamon sticks and grains of paradise.

  • Very Old Barton Bourbon Bonded
  • Disaronno Armaretto
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Old Fashioned bitters

9) Yuzu Toddy

A take on the traditional Toddy (sugar, water, and any strong spirit). Citrus was added to the original colonial era recipe during the 1800’s so we decided to use a more exotic citrus fruit from Japan, the Yuzu, which has a flavor profile similar to Meyer Lemon.

  • Makers Mark Bourbon
  • Laird’s Applejack Bonded
  • Lemon
  • Yuzu Honey
  • Hot Water
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Moe's Cantina

155 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, Il

10) Moe’s

  • Seasonal Sangria
  • Spiced Apple Cider

11) Holy Water

  • Patron Silver
  • agave nectar
  • simple syrup
  • lime juice
  • black lava sea salt rim
12) Horchata Cocktail

  • Rum Chata
  • spiced rum
  • pineapple juice
  • cinnamon-sugar rim
Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago
Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.