Thaw Out With 3 Spots in St. Louis for Snow Day Cocktails

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Eclipse

Image courtesy of Eclipse

While surviving subzero temperatures might seem like a tall order on a Monday, we think St. Louisans should embrace the relaxing snow day and have some fun warming themselves from the inside out. Bartenders at Eclipse, The Scottish Arms and Gamlin Whiskey House are ready with winter sippers that will quickly have you glowing. Of course, please only indulge if you’re within walking distance or once the roads become safer.

Eclipse
Perched above The Delmar Loop in the Moon Room, bar-goers at Eclipse can slip off their mittens to grasp a winter-inspired cocktail called, “The Velvet Glove.” A perfect blend of spicy and sweet, Barsol pisco and El Dorado 8-year rum bring a little South American sun while Sorel hibiscus liqueur and Marie Brizards Apry add the right notes of spice. Shaken with an egg white, the cocktail has a velvety cap that rounds out the complex flavors contained in the “Velvet Glove.” 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Delmar Loop, 314.726.2222. 

Scottish Arms
Nothing warms a cold body from head to toe better than a hot, boozy cocktail. At The Scottish Arms they have two winter classics, the Wassail hot spiced cider and mulled wine, that might convince you the snow isn’t so bad after all. For Chef Hunter’s hot cider, he mulls cloves and cinnamon with molasses, rum and Strongbow Cider in a perfectly warm and spicy combination. The Scottish Arms’ other hot cocktail combines red wine, port, spices and fruit that are slowly cooked together for hours. Snuggling up to either drink inside the Old World pub atmosphere will certainly melt away any lingering winter woes. 8 South Sarah St., Central West End, 314.535.0551.  

Gamlin Whiskey House
If the roads and arctic temperatures are just too treacherous for work but bearable enough for a happy hour, an afternoon could be well spent at Gamlin Whiskey House. For $20, an unlimited flow of their unique and bubbly “champiskies,” could keep you feeling nice and warm at the bar. Depending on your mood, there are three varieties —“Whiskey in the Morning” combines Seagram’s 7, DeKuyper O3 orange liqueur, orange juice and lemon; “Irish Bubbles” has Jameson, Big O Ginger liqueur, and a lemon twist; and “Whiskey Bellini” uses Pow-Wow Botanical Rye, Cocchi Aperitivo and peach puree. Each “champisky” is topped with champagne, which will bring a festive mood to a rather frigid snow day. Happy hour is from 2pm – 6pm. 236 N. Euclid Ave., The Central West End, 314.875.9500.

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