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The Clay Pigeon coffee cocktail at Death & Co. Denver
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10 Hot Cocktails for Cold Denver Nights

Winter warmers are heating up drink lists across town

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The Clay Pigeon coffee cocktail at Death & Co. Denver
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Winter is coming, as they say, and while the thermometer drops, there’s no better way to defrost than with a hot cocktail. Several of Denver’s coziest bars and restaurants have introduced seasonal winter warmers to the menu to curb the chill from the inside out. So drinkers can cozy up and enjoy some of the city’s hottest offerings, from hot buttered rum to Spanish coffee. Here are 10 favorites.

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1. The Fort

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19192 CO-8
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-4771
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This classic Denver destination is right out of the old West. The Bear Hunter’s Tea combines black tea with a dose of German Bärenjäger honey liqueur.

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2. The Family Jones Spirit House

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3245 Osage St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 481-8185
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LoHi’s jaw-dropping distillery is offering chilly drinkers a hot pumpkin cocktail making use of Mo Jones Rum and Family Jones amaretto spirits, plus pumpkin puree. It’s topped in pecan whipped cream.

The (yet unnamed) Pumpkin Cocktail at The Family Jones Spirit House
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3. Cooper Lounge

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3738
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Swanky and elegant, the Spanish coffee is just what you’d expect from Union Station’s upstairs Cooper Lounge. It’s served tableside as a mix of Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, Lemon Hart 151 rum, espresso liqueur, curaçao, and a sugar rim.

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4. Avelina

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1550 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 904-6711
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Avelina’s Vert Chaud is the adult hot cocoa dreams are made of — steamed milk, chocolate sauce, and green Chartreuse, topped with vanilla whipped cream and a piece of praline brittle. It’s the perfect end to an afternoon of ice skating at Skyline Park.

Vert Chaud at Avelina
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5. Death & Co Denver

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1280 25th St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 330-2660
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Death & Co. is already one of Denver’s hottest places to be, and the colder months will be no exception. The Clay Pigeons blends Middlestate coffee, Leopold’s Maryland rye, Giffard Banane du Bresil, and Benedictine with toasted oat cream and nutmeg.

6. Call

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2845 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 954-0230
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Call’s Hot Buttered Rum is a twist on the traditional — it starts with spiced butter batter (cinnamon, clove, allspice, anise seed, black pepper, and nutmeg) and adds in Plantation rum, Noval Ruby port, hot water, and an aromatic fennel whipped cream.

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7. Steuben's

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001
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Steuben’s Rock & Rye is like fall in a glass, and it’s a good cure for a scratchy throat. An infusion of Rittenhouse rye steeped with orange zest, clove, lemon zest, cassia bark, horehound, and rock candy.

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8. Beast + Bottle

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719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 623-3223
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Fall and apple cider go together like a warm fire and a good book. At Beast + Bottle, the Sweet Talkin’ Brandy Man combines Calvados, Berentzen apple liqueur, lemon, and apple cider for a cozy sipper.

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9. Elevated Rooftop Bar

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249 Columbine St #201
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 772-5020
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At Elevated, drinkers can sit on the rooftop all winter. Huddling by the fireplaces or heaters, they can sip the Burning Angel, made with 1800 reposado, Centenario Rosangel reposado, chocolate, and cayenne.

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10. Bellwether

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5126 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(720) 398-9251
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Coffee bar by day, whiskey bar by night, this East Colfax hideaway keeps a handful of coffee cocktail combos on tap. Strega liqueur with espresso is one of the more warming options of the bunch.

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1. The Fort

19192 CO-8, Morrison, CO 80465
The Fort Restaurant
The Fort/Facebook

This classic Denver destination is right out of the old West. The Bear Hunter’s Tea combines black tea with a dose of German Bärenjäger honey liqueur.

19192 CO-8
Morrison, CO 80465

2. The Family Jones Spirit House

3245 Osage St, Denver, CO 80211
The (yet unnamed) Pumpkin Cocktail at The Family Jones Spirit House
The Family Jones Spirit House [official]

LoHi’s jaw-dropping distillery is offering chilly drinkers a hot pumpkin cocktail making use of Mo Jones Rum and Family Jones amaretto spirits, plus pumpkin puree. It’s topped in pecan whipped cream.

3245 Osage St
Denver, CO 80211

3. Cooper Lounge

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Josie Sexton/Eater

Swanky and elegant, the Spanish coffee is just what you’d expect from Union Station’s upstairs Cooper Lounge. It’s served tableside as a mix of Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, Lemon Hart 151 rum, espresso liqueur, curaçao, and a sugar rim.

1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

4. Avelina

1550 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Vert Chaud at Avelina
Avelina [official]

Avelina’s Vert Chaud is the adult hot cocoa dreams are made of — steamed milk, chocolate sauce, and green Chartreuse, topped with vanilla whipped cream and a piece of praline brittle. It’s the perfect end to an afternoon of ice skating at Skyline Park.

1550 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Death & Co Denver

1280 25th St, Denver, CO 80205

Death & Co. is already one of Denver’s hottest places to be, and the colder months will be no exception. The Clay Pigeons blends Middlestate coffee, Leopold’s Maryland rye, Giffard Banane du Bresil, and Benedictine with toasted oat cream and nutmeg.

1280 25th St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Call

2845 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Call [official]

Call’s Hot Buttered Rum is a twist on the traditional — it starts with spiced butter batter (cinnamon, clove, allspice, anise seed, black pepper, and nutmeg) and adds in Plantation rum, Noval Ruby port, hot water, and an aromatic fennel whipped cream.

2845 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

7. Steuben's

523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Steuben’s [official]

Steuben’s Rock & Rye is like fall in a glass, and it’s a good cure for a scratchy throat. An infusion of Rittenhouse rye steeped with orange zest, clove, lemon zest, cassia bark, horehound, and rock candy.

523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

8. Beast + Bottle

719 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey/Eater

Fall and apple cider go together like a warm fire and a good book. At Beast + Bottle, the Sweet Talkin’ Brandy Man combines Calvados, Berentzen apple liqueur, lemon, and apple cider for a cozy sipper.

719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

9. Elevated Rooftop Bar

249 Columbine St #201, Denver, CO 80206
DEPARTURE - ELEVATED Eater Denver

At Elevated, drinkers can sit on the rooftop all winter. Huddling by the fireplaces or heaters, they can sip the Burning Angel, made with 1800 reposado, Centenario Rosangel reposado, chocolate, and cayenne.

249 Columbine St #201
Denver, CO 80206

10. Bellwether

5126 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Bellwether/Facebook

Coffee bar by day, whiskey bar by night, this East Colfax hideaway keeps a handful of coffee cocktail combos on tap. Strega liqueur with espresso is one of the more warming options of the bunch.

5126 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

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