Chicago concierges weigh in on their favorite warm winter drinks
Kristen Kopplin (The Drake): “While The Violet Hour and the IO Godfrey are wonderful go-tos for hot toddies of many types, my top spot for a warm winter’s drink is the friendly Lakewood spot Duke of Perth. Grab a table near the fireplace and pair their hot buttered rum or hot port with either the traditional Fish ‘n Chips or Shepherd’s Pie for a satisfying evening out.”
With Christkindlmarket celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the souvenir mug is a celebration in and of itself. Different from the traditional boot shape, this year’s mug is elegantly flute-shaped, featuring a shimmering Chicago skyline and a colorful market scene. Both the hot apple cider and glühwein are the favorites of many Chicagoans.
Michelle Ayala (Corporate Concierge): “My favorite warm cocktail is definitely the hot apple cider at the Christkindlmarket! The souvenir mugs are an added bonus. So glad it’s back in person this year.”
Alex Yu (Pendry Hotel): “The Pendry is debuting a Boozy Tea service this winter. I highly recommend the St. Jerry. It has chai-infused bourbon!”
Faith Czajkowski (JW Marriott): “I love the hot cocktails at the Gage, especially the coffee with Baileys! I’m looking forward to the glühwein at Christkindlmarket too!”
The Tom & Jerry, a spiked eggnog served in a brown coffee mug, at the iconic Miller’s Pub in the Loop is a favorite of many, including Patty Holden-Nelson (Silversmith Hotel): “It is only served during the holiday season. I look forward to it every year!”
Melissa Long (The Ritz-Carlton) loves a good hot toddy: “My favorite warm-up drink is the International Coffee, made with Irish whiskey, at the Torali Bar!”
HOT APPLE CIDER @ BLACK BARREL
Chef José soaks the fresh apples in water overnight and then crushes them and adds some honey and his secret winter spice mix. Enjoy it with or without a splash of bourbon, but Black Barrel’s hot apple cider always tastes better in good company!