Beat the cold weather with these boozy winter warmers

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At last, winter has come. As Kansas City prepares for an onslaught of snow through this afternoon, it seems entirely reasonable for you to bar the door and bury yourself under the blankets. If you choose to leave the comfort of your home, though, know that there are a few hot liquid antidotes for the winter blues out there — you know, as a reward for your bravery. 

Against Method — The Doughnut Lounge
4117 Pennsylvania, bar opens at 4 p.m. 

Everyone keeps talking about the doughnuts at the Doughnut Lounge, and, you know, that’s great and all, but that’s just what gets you in the door. What keeps you in your bar stool are the cocktails that bar manager Dominic Petrucci has dreamed up — including the Against Method, a hot riff on a Martinez involving Old Tom Gin, maraschino liqueur and orange bitters. Herbal, delicious and totally alcoholic, this is the hot toddy alternative you didn’t know you were missing. 

The 3975 — Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
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I have been obsessed with the 3975 since I had it at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in November. I am perpetually fearing the day that bar manager Kenny Cohrs removes this mezcal hot chocolate from his menu, because it is kind of perfect — perhaps even my favorite drink of 2015. Featuring housemade habanero cordial, pineapple syrup, coconut milk, a proprietary blend of three different chocolates and Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, Cohrs garnishes his masterpiece with a brûléed, housemade marshmallow. Bonus: Because this drink is relatively low alcohol (just a single shot of mezcal), you can totally have more than one. 

Winter Warmers — Manifesto
1924 Main St. Opens at 5 p.m. 

Earlier this month, Manifesto debuted its new winter menu featuring a trio of winter warmers: the Tom & Harry, with J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey, egg, steamed milk, absinthe cream and sherry; Hot Salted Rum, with rum, caramel and salt foam (probably as close to a Butterbeer as a muggle can get) and — my favorite — Saints & Sinners, with pisco, sherry, apple cider and mulling spices. It’s a surefire cure-all for bad moods and the wearisome Monday. 

Glühwein — Grünauer
101 W. 22nd St. Open at 11:30 a.m. 

Grünauer bar manager Scott Beskow puts his magic touch on Glühwein, a traditionally Swedish version of mulled wine. Beskow brews a batch of red wine, mulling spices and brown sugar, adding Gosling’s Black Seal rum, Fee Bros. Old Fashioned bitters and lemon to order. It’s a warm cup of holiday cheer with effects that last long after the drink is gone. 

Do you have a favorite hot winter cocktail? Let us know where to find it in the comments. 

See also
Doughnut Lounge pairs fried dough with craft cocktails
Drink This Now: 3975 at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Drink This Now: Charlie Brown and more from Manifesto’s new winter cocktail menu
Bartender’s Notebook: Grünauer’s Scott Beskow gives traditional eggnog the “flip”

Categories: Food & Drink