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Where to Find a Killer Hot Cocktail in Minneapolis

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With temps so low that boiling water will freeze when you throw it in the air, you might be tempted to hole up for the night/week/entire rest of winter. But what better to lure you out of hibernation than that beloved mix of hot beverage plus booze? The following list gives a rundown of some of the Twin Cities' tastiest and toastiest cocktails. This list has got everything, from traditional Hot Buttered Rum and Irish Coffee to mixologist-approved hot cocktails (allspice dram, anyone?). Oh, and there's even some 16th century Wassail to really warm your bones.

Did we miss your favorite hot cocktail? Let us know in the comments—the more hot cocktails, the merrier.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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810 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846
(612) 825-3737
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Hot drinks abound at this Uptown bowling alley/bar/restaurant/performance space. There are five steamy libations to pick from, including the Pirate's Cove (Gosling's black seal rum, allspice dram, Hum botanical liqueur, and hot apple cider) and the Hello Goodbye Window (brandy, Gosling's black seal rum, almond syrup, and steamed milk).

2. Eat Street Social

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2600 Nicollet Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 767-6850
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The seasonal cocktail menu features one hot drink and one only, but it's a winner. The Winter Sea Change is a mix of El Dorado 5-year Demarera Rum, rosemary-honey-ginger syrup, lemon juice, Bittercube blackstrap bitters, and hot water.

3. The Lowry

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2112 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 341-2112
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This Uptown diner/nightspot recently added a line of hot dessert drinks to the menu, including the Brandy-Mocha-Almond (brandy, amaretto, chocolate syrup, and coffee) and Irish Coffee (2 Gingers Irish whiskey, brown sugar, coffee). Both are topped with Grand Marnier-brown sugar whipped cream.

4. The Local

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931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 904-1000
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The Local is all 2 Gingers, all the time, and that includes their hot drinks: the Cherries & Chocolate (hot chocolate with cherry-infused 2 Gingers), the Sinful Cider (hot apple cider with cinnamon-infused 2 Gingers), the Local Irish Cream (house-blended Irish cream with hot coffee), and, of course, the traditional Irish Coffee (with Guinness syrup).

5. Aster Cafe

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125 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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This St. Anthony Main staple is a favorite for their spiked cider, spiked hot chocolate, and hot toddies. You can choose your poison for the spiking. Pro-tip: Ask the bartender what other hot boozey beverages they can conjure up - they have some off-the-menu favorites, as well.

6. Masu Sushi & Robata NE

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330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 332-6278
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For a twist on a hot beverage, why not try some hot sake? Masu has lots of sakes to choose from, but they recommend two that could be served hot: the Yuri Masamune and the Dewatsuru "Crane of the Dewa." Make sure to request that they be served warm (the default is serving them either cold or room temperature).

7. Eli's Food & Cocktails

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815 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-0031
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Known for its killer martinis, Eli's Northeast also turns out two infused hot toddies to warm your bones. Take your pick: orange-ginger-rye or chai-raisin-rum. Note: The hot toddies are only at the Northeast location.

8. Merlins Rest

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3601 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 216-2419
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This Longfellow neighborhood pub might be known for their fish and chips, but they've got some might fine hot drinks on the menu, as well. Try the Nanny's Cure-All (ginger-infused Jameson with hot apple cider) or traditional drinks like Irish Coffee (made with Peace coffee, natch), Merlin's Hot Chocolate (with Bailey's and Grand Marnier), and Hot Buttered Rum from scratch.

9. W.A. Frost & Company

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374 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5715
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This St. Paul institution has six hot drinks on the menu. Three are coffee-based, but we're really eying the Hot Buttered Rum or the Wassail Bowl, a traditional English hot beverage that W.A. Frost has been making (with the same recipe) for over 30 years.

10. The Liffey Irish Pub

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175 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 556-1420
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This Irish pub is known for - surprise, surprise - its Irish coffee, made with 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, Guinness-infused simple syrup, fresh coffee, and homemade whipped cream. But also check out the Brown Eyed Girl: hot chocolate with Frangelico and Bailey's, also topped with homemade whipped cream.

1. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846
Hot drinks abound at this Uptown bowling alley/bar/restaurant/performance space. There are five steamy libations to pick from, including the Pirate's Cove (Gosling's black seal rum, allspice dram, Hum botanical liqueur, and hot apple cider) and the Hello Goodbye Window (brandy, Gosling's black seal rum, almond syrup, and steamed milk).
810 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846

2. Eat Street Social

2600 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The seasonal cocktail menu features one hot drink and one only, but it's a winner. The Winter Sea Change is a mix of El Dorado 5-year Demarera Rum, rosemary-honey-ginger syrup, lemon juice, Bittercube blackstrap bitters, and hot water.
2600 Nicollet Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

3. The Lowry

2112 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
This Uptown diner/nightspot recently added a line of hot dessert drinks to the menu, including the Brandy-Mocha-Almond (brandy, amaretto, chocolate syrup, and coffee) and Irish Coffee (2 Gingers Irish whiskey, brown sugar, coffee). Both are topped with Grand Marnier-brown sugar whipped cream.
2112 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

4. The Local

931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Local is all 2 Gingers, all the time, and that includes their hot drinks: the Cherries & Chocolate (hot chocolate with cherry-infused 2 Gingers), the Sinful Cider (hot apple cider with cinnamon-infused 2 Gingers), the Local Irish Cream (house-blended Irish cream with hot coffee), and, of course, the traditional Irish Coffee (with Guinness syrup).
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

5. Aster Cafe

125 SE Main St., Minneapolis, MN 55414
This St. Anthony Main staple is a favorite for their spiked cider, spiked hot chocolate, and hot toddies. You can choose your poison for the spiking. Pro-tip: Ask the bartender what other hot boozey beverages they can conjure up - they have some off-the-menu favorites, as well.
125 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

6. Masu Sushi & Robata NE

330 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
For a twist on a hot beverage, why not try some hot sake? Masu has lots of sakes to choose from, but they recommend two that could be served hot: the Yuri Masamune and the Dewatsuru "Crane of the Dewa." Make sure to request that they be served warm (the default is serving them either cold or room temperature).
330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Eli's Food & Cocktails

815 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414
Known for its killer martinis, Eli's Northeast also turns out two infused hot toddies to warm your bones. Take your pick: orange-ginger-rye or chai-raisin-rum. Note: The hot toddies are only at the Northeast location.
815 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

8. Merlins Rest

3601 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
This Longfellow neighborhood pub might be known for their fish and chips, but they've got some might fine hot drinks on the menu, as well. Try the Nanny's Cure-All (ginger-infused Jameson with hot apple cider) or traditional drinks like Irish Coffee (made with Peace coffee, natch), Merlin's Hot Chocolate (with Bailey's and Grand Marnier), and Hot Buttered Rum from scratch.
3601 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

9. W.A. Frost & Company

374 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
This St. Paul institution has six hot drinks on the menu. Three are coffee-based, but we're really eying the Hot Buttered Rum or the Wassail Bowl, a traditional English hot beverage that W.A. Frost has been making (with the same recipe) for over 30 years.
374 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

10. The Liffey Irish Pub

175 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102
This Irish pub is known for - surprise, surprise - its Irish coffee, made with 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, Guinness-infused simple syrup, fresh coffee, and homemade whipped cream. But also check out the Brown Eyed Girl: hot chocolate with Frangelico and Bailey's, also topped with homemade whipped cream.
175 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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