Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Warmer

'Tis the season for hearty, comforting seasonal cocktails


Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the drinks are so delightful.

Yep, you know this song. It's finally winter cocktail season, and Seattle's best bars are serving up awesome holiday beverages. Here's our guide to the must-try ones.

5. Tom & Jerry, Roux
Matt Lewis's temple of French Creole cooking just opened its doors last month, but they've already earned raves for one of the winter's best cocktails. Their boozy, decadent take on rum-spiked eggnog is like drinking a cozy blanket that'll keep you warm no matter how hard the wind howls outside.
4201 Fremont Ave N, Fremont (206-547-5420)

4. Hot Dickens Cider, Canon
Winter drinks take time to come to perfection, so Canon lets this melange of apple cider, allspice, citrus, and gin steep for an entire day before they serve it up steaming to your unworthy mouth. The resultant flavors are both comforting and invigorating.
928 12th Ave, Capitol Hill (206-552-9755)

3. Hot Buttered Rum, Zig Zag Cafe
No lineup of Seattle cocktails would be complete without a mention of the Pike St. Hillclimb's most notorious watering hole. Their hot buttered rum hasn't changed much in a quarter of a century — vanilla ice cream gives it such a glorious consistency — but why mess with perfection?
1501 Western Ave #202, Downtown (206-625-1146)

2. Hot Toddy, Hazelwood
This Ballard watering hole might make the best Hot Toddy in town, starting with Four Roses bourbon and mixing in a house-made pimento dram (a kind of allspice liqueur), honey, nutmeg, and a lemon dotted with cloves to create a steaming cup that'll cure whatever ails you.
2311 NW Market St, Ballard (206-783-0478)

1. Cocktail Advent Calendar, Rob Roy
Looking for a little more variety? Rob Roy's popular annual event serves up a different winter cocktail every night leading up to Christmas. We've already sampled their Spanish Coffee and an incredible take on Rob Roy favorite Crimson & Clover, but more surprises are still to come.
2332 2nd Ave, Belltown (206-956-8423)

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