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The Essential Guide to Seasonal Cocktails

Get cold-weather cozy with these beverages

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By now, your calendar is filled with holiday parties and seasonal celebrations and you've probably had one too many eggnogs and hot toddies by year's end. None of that should get in the way of exploring the work of creative cocktail makers in town compelled by the spirit of the season. When you're chilled to the bone, grab yourself one of these winter warmers that'll make things steamy in no time.

The breath and variety of the options is serious, from soothing liquor-laced beverages at coffee shops to stunning creations served in an imposing metal pineapple glass-of-sorts, there seems to be something for every mood, occasion, and taste.

We listed the cocktails here in no particular order. If you know of another amazing winter-appropriate beverage, share it in the comments below or send us a note via the tipline.

Disclosure: The editor is married to one of the developers behind The Source, the development in which the Yacht Club reside.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Amante

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1612 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
Amante Coffee so cleverly added the So Snoggy Nog with rum, creme de noyaux and egg nog, topped with cappuccino foam.
Amante

2. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

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3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
Attempting to pair with the wide variety of cuisines available at this modern food hall, Avanti’s winter cocktail is the Rum Them Over with rhum clement aged rum and orange liqueur, local honey, lemon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and hot water.
Avanti

3. Bar Fausto

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3126 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
Collaborating with local tea producer and home goods shop, Lore, Bar Fausto proudly features a delicious chai with an added egg white for a frothy delight. Sweet vermouth and an amaro base further flavor the drink.
Bar Fausto

4. Baur's Restaurant

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1512 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 615-4000
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Located in downtown Denver's theatre district, this sprawling and swanky lounge hosts musicians with an old fashioned cool. The latest addition to the drink menu is the Upside Noggin, with Plantation five-year rum, Plantation dark rum, Germain robin brandy, Monkey Shoulder scotch, whipping cream, a whole egg, vanilla ice cream and nutmeg.
Baur's

5. Del Frisco's Grille

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100 Saint Paul St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-8529
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Daring to be different, Del Frisco's Grille throws guests a bold flavor profile with their Big Apple Sour. Combining Crown Royal Apple and house-made lemon sour, the beverage is shaken to a foamy fizz and poured into a frothy finale.
Del Frisco's Grille

6. Hopdoddy Burger Bar Denver

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1747 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
From the craft cocktail masters at Hopdoddy comes a warm and smoky drink made with Grand Marnier and the flavors of citrus and spice. Mulling their own apple cider daily for the base of this take on a sidecar, clove, citrus, cinnamon, apple and black pepper envelop the drink and the rest of the restaurant.
Hopdoddy

7. Mercantile Dining & Provision

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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Denver Union Station comes complete with a Christmas tree and Santa Claus this time of year. Walk through the main terminal to Mercantile for a rich and creamy seasonal beverage called The Unknown Legend. The drink, only available for a limited time, includes brown butter washed angostura, 7-year rum, foro amaro, sercial madiera, and coffee pecan bitters.
Mercantile

8. Mister Tuna

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3033 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
While it may have a silly name, the restaurant is both fun and grown up. Their fall/winter cocktail menu has the Valium, with montelobos mezcal, Benedictine amaretto, fresh lemon vino float and torched cherries.
Mister Tuna

9. SOL Cocina | Cherry Creek

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200 Columbine St #110
Denver, CO 80206
One of Cherry Creek's latest eatery additions brings a beach beverage with winter flavors to sip on. The pomegranate and cinnamon margarita has Don Julio Blanco, mezcal, lime juice, agave nectar and Pom juice with fresh cinnamon around the rim of the glass. Last, but surely not least, pomegranate seeds are sprinkled on top.
SOL Cocina

10. Ste. Ellie

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
This sleek and cozy lounge highlights creative cocktails all year round, but this holiday season, Ste. Ellie features their Pirate Juice Julep off their Theme and Variation menu. This drink contains Plantation OFTD overproof and Stiggins fancy pineapple rum, with fig and cinnamon.
Ste. Ellie

11. The Way Back

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4132 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 728-8156
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This funky but sophisticated neighborhood venue has two seasonal beverages added to its line-up, the perfect Irish coffee and the fall spice toddy.
The Way Back

12. Vesta Dipping Grill

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1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970
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Their holiday-spiced cocktail is fresh and classic at the same time. Using Leopold Bros. cranberry liqueur smashed with oranges, berries and mint for festive imbibing. Add the flavors of Sandeman Amontillado sherry and you've got a holiday drink.
Vesta

13. Blackbelly

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1606 Conestoga St
Boulder, CO 80301
Dreams, a winter-friendly drink at this Boulder restaurant, is a combination of Rare Wine Co. 'Savannah' Verdelho Madeira, Amontillado Sherry, El Dorado 8 yr. Rum, Demerara simple syrup, Gotham & Winter Apricot Liquer, and lemon juice.

14. RiNo Yacht Club

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 485-5581
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The DapQueen is a combination of Absolute Elyx, Amontillado Sherry, pear brandy, lemon juice, plus winter spice syrup, chamomile rooibos tea, and Strongwater Native Floral Bitter. The creation is garnished with flowers and spices.
Lindsay Ragsdale

1. Amante

1612 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Amante
Amante Coffee so cleverly added the So Snoggy Nog with rum, creme de noyaux and egg nog, topped with cappuccino foam.
1612 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

2. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Avanti
Attempting to pair with the wide variety of cuisines available at this modern food hall, Avanti’s winter cocktail is the Rum Them Over with rhum clement aged rum and orange liqueur, local honey, lemon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and hot water.
3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

3. Bar Fausto

3126 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Bar Fausto
Collaborating with local tea producer and home goods shop, Lore, Bar Fausto proudly features a delicious chai with an added egg white for a frothy delight. Sweet vermouth and an amaro base further flavor the drink.
3126 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Baur's Restaurant

1512 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202
Baur's
Located in downtown Denver's theatre district, this sprawling and swanky lounge hosts musicians with an old fashioned cool. The latest addition to the drink menu is the Upside Noggin, with Plantation five-year rum, Plantation dark rum, Germain robin brandy, Monkey Shoulder scotch, whipping cream, a whole egg, vanilla ice cream and nutmeg.
1512 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Del Frisco's Grille

100 Saint Paul St, Denver, CO 80206
Del Frisco's Grille
Daring to be different, Del Frisco's Grille throws guests a bold flavor profile with their Big Apple Sour. Combining Crown Royal Apple and house-made lemon sour, the beverage is shaken to a foamy fizz and poured into a frothy finale.
100 Saint Paul St
Denver, CO 80206

6. Hopdoddy Burger Bar Denver

1747 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Hopdoddy
From the craft cocktail masters at Hopdoddy comes a warm and smoky drink made with Grand Marnier and the flavors of citrus and spice. Mulling their own apple cider daily for the base of this take on a sidecar, clove, citrus, cinnamon, apple and black pepper envelop the drink and the rest of the restaurant.
1747 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Mercantile Dining & Provision

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Mercantile
Denver Union Station comes complete with a Christmas tree and Santa Claus this time of year. Walk through the main terminal to Mercantile for a rich and creamy seasonal beverage called The Unknown Legend. The drink, only available for a limited time, includes brown butter washed angostura, 7-year rum, foro amaro, sercial madiera, and coffee pecan bitters.
1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Mister Tuna

3033 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Mister Tuna
While it may have a silly name, the restaurant is both fun and grown up. Their fall/winter cocktail menu has the Valium, with montelobos mezcal, Benedictine amaretto, fresh lemon vino float and torched cherries.
3033 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

9. SOL Cocina | Cherry Creek

200 Columbine St #110, Denver, CO 80206
SOL Cocina
One of Cherry Creek's latest eatery additions brings a beach beverage with winter flavors to sip on. The pomegranate and cinnamon margarita has Don Julio Blanco, mezcal, lime juice, agave nectar and Pom juice with fresh cinnamon around the rim of the glass. Last, but surely not least, pomegranate seeds are sprinkled on top.
200 Columbine St #110
Denver, CO 80206

10. Ste. Ellie

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Ste. Ellie
This sleek and cozy lounge highlights creative cocktails all year round, but this holiday season, Ste. Ellie features their Pirate Juice Julep off their Theme and Variation menu. This drink contains Plantation OFTD overproof and Stiggins fancy pineapple rum, with fig and cinnamon.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

11. The Way Back

4132 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
The Way Back
This funky but sophisticated neighborhood venue has two seasonal beverages added to its line-up, the perfect Irish coffee and the fall spice toddy.
4132 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

12. Vesta Dipping Grill

1822 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Vesta
Their holiday-spiced cocktail is fresh and classic at the same time. Using Leopold Bros. cranberry liqueur smashed with oranges, berries and mint for festive imbibing. Add the flavors of Sandeman Amontillado sherry and you've got a holiday drink.
1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

13. Blackbelly

1606 Conestoga St, Boulder, CO 80301
Dreams, a winter-friendly drink at this Boulder restaurant, is a combination of Rare Wine Co. 'Savannah' Verdelho Madeira, Amontillado Sherry, El Dorado 8 yr. Rum, Demerara simple syrup, Gotham & Winter Apricot Liquer, and lemon juice.
1606 Conestoga St
Boulder, CO 80301

14. RiNo Yacht Club

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Lindsay Ragsdale
The DapQueen is a combination of Absolute Elyx, Amontillado Sherry, pear brandy, lemon juice, plus winter spice syrup, chamomile rooibos tea, and Strongwater Native Floral Bitter. The creation is garnished with flowers and spices.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

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