Food & Drink

Heat Up Your Happy Hour

Cozy up with hot cocktails from some of our favorite Kansas City venues.

Looking for somewhere to sip, socialize and stave off the winter chill? Head to one of these Kansas City bars and restaurants for a hot boozy beverage to warm your insides.

Snow and Company’s Apple Buttered Whiskey.

Snow & Company Don’t let the name fool you: Although Snow & Co. has been lauded as one of the top 10 frozen cocktail bars in the country, the Crossroads-based venue (which recently opened a second location in Gladstone) also does great hot cocktails. A lot of them, in fact—there are 10 on the menu year-round. The most popular is their signature Apple Buttered Whiskey, says manager Kelly Kimble. It’s made with Cabin Fever whiskey, apple pie moonshine and house-made spiced apple butter. We’re also partial to the Flying Snow Squirrel, a creamy concoction of hot white chocolate spiked with macadamia nut liqueur and crème de cacao and the Rikki Tikki Toddy, made with Earl Grey from KC-based Hugo Tea and Bombay Sapphire.

The Fig Technique at Julep. 

Julep Naturally, bourbon is the star of our favorite winter drink at this popular Westport bourbon bar. But it’s not just any old bourbon in Julep’s drink The Fig Technique. The toasty tipple features fig-infused JTS Brown bourbon, plus honey, cinnamon, lemon and hot water.

The Jacobson Missing your daily dose of pumpkin spice? Head to the Crossroads to get your fix with the Jacobson’s Spanish Pumpkin cocktail. Warming winter flavors combine in this drink, which features Big O ginger liqueur, brandy and pumpkin puree, served hot with toasted cinnamon sticks.

Rye Bar manager Van Zarr’s cocktail menu features many creative twists on classic drinks, and the mulled wine is no exception. Warmed red wine and apple cider are blended with Apple Jack brandy and whiskey and infused with ginger, cinnamon, honey and clove.

Thou Mayest Leave it to this hip Crossroads coffee and cocktails spot to come up with the most delicious way to blend booze and beans. Bartender Vic Rodriguez’s Hands on Fire is a salted caramel latte spiked with Novo Fogo barrel-aged cachaça, a Brazilian liqueur of distilled sugar cane with notes of chocolate, cinnamon and pepper.

Westport Cafe’s Hot Buttered Rum. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt.

Westport Café & Bar You’ll always get a warm welcome from head bartender Bronson Kistler as you walk in the door of this cozy French café—and if you’re smart, you’ll also get a warm drink. The café’s Hot Buttered Rum is a luxuriously rich elixir composed of Gosling’s dark rum, Angostura 5-year rum and spiced vanilla butter topped off with hot apple cider.