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11 Seattle Holiday Drinks to Melt Away the Winter Blues

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When the weather outside is frightful, some Seattlites turn to sun lamps. But if something warm is more appealing than a useless bright orb, we've got you covered. Seatown bars are brimming with hot drinks to melt away your winter blues — or, at least, your sobriety.

From hot toddies to buttered rums, whiskey warmers to mulled wine, Eater has rounded up 11 drinks that will either get you in the holiday spirit or make you forget that it's going to be at least six months until you can put away that wool sweater.


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1. Rachel's Ginger Beer

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1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-4924
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Blood Orange Hot Toddy: To the left, other ginger-infused hot drinks, cuz RGB owns that market. So step off, son, and enjoy a blood orange, ginger, whiskey-filled toddy while watching tourists take selfies in the market nearby.
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2. Hazlewood

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2311 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-0478
Hot Toddy: If the sweater coozie that wraps the glass ain’t enough, Hazlewood’s HT is also one of the best there is: Four Roses Bourbon, house made pimento dram, nutmeg, honey, and a clove-studded lemon make sure you won’t have just one.
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3. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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Hot Dickens Cider: Canon makes the HDC in giant batches and then lets it steep in a big vessel all day, meaning it's only getting better as your speech patterns are getting fuzzier.
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4. Conor Byrne Pub

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5140 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-3640
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Irish Coffee: There's nothing like a perfect Irish Coffee, and this one tastes pretty close. With just the right amount of whip, enough whiskey to drunken you up, and CB's mad respect for doing it right, you can't go wrong getting Irish.
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5. Oliver's Twist

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6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-6673
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Hot Toddy: House made spiced agave liqueur gives this classic an extra boost. You'll be all, "Please sir, I want some..." Well, you know the rest.
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6. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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5231 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-0175
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Spanish Coffee: Hattie's does a lot well, and one of those is an amazing Spanish Coffee. When your fam is hanging around, go alone or take your (sorry in advance) Tia Maria. (There's never a hi-hat around when you need one.)
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7. Bar Cotto

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1546 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-8081
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Adonis Complex: Some of the best cocktails look innocent to the eye. The Adonis Complex is among that group, with brandy, Dumante Pistachio Liqueur, and Carpano Antica hiding underneath steamed milk and a little nutmeg dusting. Move along now, nothing to see here.
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8. Zig Zag Cafe

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1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-1146
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Hot Buttered Rum: Zig Zag's hot buttered room is world renowned, like many of their amazing drinks. The 25-plus-year-old recipe isn't complicated, but with its rich butter-ice cream base and just the right blend of sugar and spices, it'll become your new go-to Yuletide drink.
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9. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

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4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 557-7532
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Heated Up: A hot drink is one thing, but a hot spicy drink adds an extra level of warmth to the deal. The Fremont favorite includes Meletti amaro, house cayenne spiced sugar, coffee, and a homemade whip. It's real good.
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10. The Sexton

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5327 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 829-8645
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Celebration Medication: Though this delicious off-beat drink doesn't have a permanent home on the menu, it will be popping up next week. Its Chai-infused gin, apple and cranberry juice with lemony brightness turns heads while its little teacup presentation make you feel like you're getting something special.
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11. Teachers Lounge

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8505 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98199
Glögg: Mulled wine gets a Swedish twist from Perryn Wright, who fancies up some red wine with cinnamon, a clove-filled orange, almonds, star anise, and cranberries for a drink that tastes like Christmas without the fighting.
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1. Rachel's Ginger Beer

1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Blood Orange Hot Toddy: To the left, other ginger-infused hot drinks, cuz RGB owns that market. So step off, son, and enjoy a blood orange, ginger, whiskey-filled toddy while watching tourists take selfies in the market nearby.
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1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

2. Hazlewood

2311 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Hot Toddy: If the sweater coozie that wraps the glass ain’t enough, Hazlewood’s HT is also one of the best there is: Four Roses Bourbon, house made pimento dram, nutmeg, honey, and a clove-studded lemon make sure you won’t have just one.
[Photo Credit]
2311 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Canon

928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Hot Dickens Cider: Canon makes the HDC in giant batches and then lets it steep in a big vessel all day, meaning it's only getting better as your speech patterns are getting fuzzier.
[Photo Credit]
928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

4. Conor Byrne Pub

5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Irish Coffee: There's nothing like a perfect Irish Coffee, and this one tastes pretty close. With just the right amount of whip, enough whiskey to drunken you up, and CB's mad respect for doing it right, you can't go wrong getting Irish.
[Photo Credit]
5140 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Oliver's Twist

6822 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Hot Toddy: House made spiced agave liqueur gives this classic an extra boost. You'll be all, "Please sir, I want some..." Well, you know the rest.
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6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Spanish Coffee: Hattie's does a lot well, and one of those is an amazing Spanish Coffee. When your fam is hanging around, go alone or take your (sorry in advance) Tia Maria. (There's never a hi-hat around when you need one.)
[Photo Credit]
5231 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

7. Bar Cotto

1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Adonis Complex: Some of the best cocktails look innocent to the eye. The Adonis Complex is among that group, with brandy, Dumante Pistachio Liqueur, and Carpano Antica hiding underneath steamed milk and a little nutmeg dusting. Move along now, nothing to see here.
[Photo Credit]
1546 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Zig Zag Cafe

1501 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
Hot Buttered Rum: Zig Zag's hot buttered room is world renowned, like many of their amazing drinks. The 25-plus-year-old recipe isn't complicated, but with its rich butter-ice cream base and just the right blend of sugar and spices, it'll become your new go-to Yuletide drink.
[Photo Credit]
1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Heated Up: A hot drink is one thing, but a hot spicy drink adds an extra level of warmth to the deal. The Fremont favorite includes Meletti amaro, house cayenne spiced sugar, coffee, and a homemade whip. It's real good.
[Photo Credit]
4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

10. The Sexton

5327 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Celebration Medication: Though this delicious off-beat drink doesn't have a permanent home on the menu, it will be popping up next week. Its Chai-infused gin, apple and cranberry juice with lemony brightness turns heads while its little teacup presentation make you feel like you're getting something special.
[Photo Credit]
5327 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

11. Teachers Lounge

8505 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98199
Glögg: Mulled wine gets a Swedish twist from Perryn Wright, who fancies up some red wine with cinnamon, a clove-filled orange, almonds, star anise, and cranberries for a drink that tastes like Christmas without the fighting.
[Photo Credit]
8505 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98199

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