Midwest Winter Cocktails in Chicago, Cleveland and St Louis

In the U.S.’s Midwest, winters can be long and frigid.  Thankfully, Midwesterners have an abundant of outstanding cocktail bars where they can keep warm and spirits up.  Whether you a frozen visitor or red-nosed local, here are a few Midwest hotspots to head for winter cocktails.

Three Dots and a Dash – Chicago


Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is renowned for its modern tiki drinks in a retro Polynesian-island setting.  To showcase rum as a standalone spirit, Three Dots’ Beverage Director Kevin Beary (named one of StarChefs Rising Bartenders of 2018), has created a Rum Reserve menu featuring rare rums. Each simple cocktail is served in fine crystal glassware, and uniquely presented on a hammered bronze tray with a copper octopus.

Navy Grog


Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum, St. Lucia Distillers 12 Year old Rum, Caroni 20 Year Old Rum, Grapefruit, Lime, Allspice Cordial and local Heritage Prairie Farms Honey.

Ti’ Punch


JM Distillerie de Fonds-Preville 15 Year Old Rhum, Lime Coin (a coin-shaped piece of peel), and JM Sirop De Canne (Sugarcane Syrup).

Rum N’ Honey


Neisson Aged Rhum, Worthy Park Aged Rum, Foursquare Aged Rum and local Heritage Prairie Farms Honey.



Shots of Demerara Rum,Tangerine and Passionfruit.

Three Dots and a Dash – Chicago Details

435 N Clark Street (River North), Chicago IL; threedotschicago.com

Society Lounge – Cleveland


This snazzy haunt in Downtown Cleveland showcases hand crafted cocktails and live music with a speakeasy vibe.

Honey Trap


Hot Water, Hennessey VS, Heavy Cream, Apple Cider, Simple Syrup, Honey Syrup and Burlesque Bitters

What Baby


Bourbon, Smoked Curacao, Chili Lime Shrub, Montenegro, Smoke & Salt Bitters and Aromatic Bitters.

Glennovember Old Fashioned


Glenmorangie OG, Rosemary, Honey Syrup and Grapefruit Bitters

Society Lounge – Cleveland OH Details

2063 E 4th Street (Downtown), Cleveland OH; societycleveland.com

Grand Tavern – St. Louis


The two-storied Grand Tavern by David Burke, at the Angad Arts Hotel, is located in St. Louis’ Grand Arts District, and offers innovative food matched by a thoughtfully curated wine list, craft beers, and a specialty cocktail program.



Laird’s Applejack Brandy. Zirbenz Pine Liqueur, Giffard Thyme Liqueur, Vanilla Honey and Lemon Juice; garnished with a dehydrated Lemon Wheel and Thyme Sprig served in a vintage tea cup.

The Grand Cocoa


Bottled in Bond Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Cinnamon Demerara Syrup, Dark Chocolate Syrup and Curry Bitters; garnished with a boozy marshmallow and tomato powder dust and served in an Irish mug.

Grand Tavern by David Burke – St. Louis Details

634 N Grand Boulevard (Grand Arts District), St. Louis MO;  grandtavernstl.com

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