Drink in the Spirit of the Season – Best Holiday Cocktails in the Loop

Holiday cheer comes in many forms: hugs, gifts, and cocktails supreme! The Loop in Chicago is home to some of the most festive libations in the midwest, so pull up a (virtual) barstool and ring in the season with us! This list of local suds-slingers are sure to whet even the most discerning whistle…

Kaiser Tiger

Although celebrated for its bubbly collection of craft beers, this West Loop wonderland also mixes up some specialty cocktails for the holidays. Their Gluhwein, for example, adds a bit of sweetness to red wine and then infuses the confectionary concoction with cinnamon, lemon, and cloves. Or warm up to a Hot Whiskey, which levels up your favorite bourbon with a bit o’ honey – it’s worth the buzz! [pause for bee joke to land]

Fisk & Co.

Gluhwein is also proudly served at F&C, but this Wabash Ave. hotspot also cracks a great eggnog: the Dr. Douglas Powers is its name and deliciousness is its game. The Doctor combines banana liqueur with bourbon, maple syrup, sherry, nutmeg and allspice to create a December to remember!

The Gage

Gingerbread houses are so last century. The new school way to satisfy your gingerbread craving is with a curiously named cocktail called Minus the Frosting at The Gage. This bold blend minimizes sweetness in favor of hearty ingredients like chai syrup, spiced pear-flavored liqueur, cognac, and rooibos tea with a gingerbread kick!

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Lowcountry

As we near the end of our list, it’s time to catch our breath, because the signature holiday cocktail at Lowcountry is a real mouthful. OK, here goes… The Holiday Spice, Everything Nice Sangria combines vineyard favorites like port wine and cabernet sauvignon with the one-two punch of dark rum and raspberry liqueur. Then the festivities get even fruitier with a blast of cherry cider, chopped pears, diced strawberries, and apples. How do you like them ingredients?

Be sure to enjoy the above options responsibly and remember: your new apartment home is mere walking distance from the best bars in The Loop. No driving required!

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