Whether you’re looking to warm up from the bitter Chicago winds or trying to stop a cold in its tracks, one of Chicago’s piping hot toddies will do the trick. Made with whiskey (or brandy or rum) mixed with hot water, lemon and honey, this drink recipe is Scottish in origin. You can find this warming treat among other delicious hot winter drinks at pubs and bars in the city.
Duke of Perth
2913 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
As a traditional Scottish pub, the Duke of Perth is the perfect place to relax and warm up on a cold winter day. Wash down the best fish and chips in the city with a strong hot toddy with a dash of citrus flavor. If you’re looking for something a tad different, Duke of Perth offers a piping hot apple cider too. The pub also offers an extensive whiskey and malt menu.
134 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
After a day of shopping downtown, swing by Miller’s Pub in the Loop to warm up with some winter drinks. While the hot buttered rum — similar to the hot toddy — can be the perfect pick-me-up with its Barcardi dark rum and a cinnamon stick ($8), Miller’s Pub’s hot liquor drinks are best known for one of the other options. The “Tom & Jerry” has been around since 1930, and it puts a twist on eggnog by combining it with brandy as well as dark rum, powdered sugar, egg whites, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. All this can be yours for just $8.
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661 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
This Irish bar on the Near North side is all about Irish traditions, and that includes more than just a delectable shepherd’s pie. Step out of the cold and grab a winter warmer in this friendly pub and restaurant. The hot toddy here is made appropriately with Irish whiskey, as well as cloves, sugar and lemon. Other “winter warmers” available include a variety of Irish coffees, a peppermint patty and a hot port. Less traditional cocktails are also available to enjoy alongside Chef Damien Moloney’s Irish menu creations.
1401 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Cozy up with your date while enjoying a hot toddy in this popular bar/restaurant with locations in both Edgewater and Lakeview. While the restaurant is known for growing many of its own ingredients and locally sourcing everything else, it also offers some wonderful hot toddies sure to whisk away the winter blues. Only available in the colder months of Chicago, the hot toddy is at once sweet and satisfying with a bit of cinnamon, and comes in a bowl rather than a glass.
The Violet Hour
1520 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Violet Hour is the go-to place in all of Chicago for inventive and amazing cocktails. But in the winter, it also goes a bit traditional with its hot liquor drink, while still putting its signature on it. In past years, the bartenders have added a bit of ginger to the tradtional hot toddy for something both new and refreshing, just like everything else on the wonderful menu.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.