Jan 24, 2023 - Food and Drink

2 Salt Lake City bars, 4 wintry cocktails

A cocktail sits on a table next to an oil lamp.

A Yule Be Fine cocktail at Alibi in downtown Salt Lake City. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

We're in the thick of winter, so warm up with these tasty seasonal concoctions from two very different Salt Lake bars:

HandleBar, 751 N. 300 West
A coffee cocktail with whipped cream is on a table next to a man drinking beer.
Release the Kraken at HandleBar in Marmalade. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

With dive bar vibes and a bicycle-plus-mustache theme, HandleBar is a come-as-you-are spot to subdue the chill.

A hot one: Release the Kraken, $13

  • It's a coffee drink with Kraken rum and butterscotch schnapps that compliment the crushed peppermints way better than I expected.

A cold one: Letterkenny, $14

  • Basil Hayden Dark Rye, maple spice syrup, cinnamon and lemon with a festive rosemary sprig — over ice to make a not-so-hot toddy fit for a snowman.
Alibi, 369 S. Main
A cream-topped cocktail sits on a table next to an oil lamp.
A Fog Breather at Alibi. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

This upscale cocktail bar puts a meal's worth of culinary strategy into their drinks, so come in from the cold long enough to really savor the treat.

A sunny one: Yule Be Fine, $14

  • Two types of rum and cardamom-coconut nog bring the tropics to the cozy herbs and spice of Averna and anise.

A cloudy one: Fog Breather, $13

  • Get your Bob Cratchit on with Ransom Old Tom Gin and Earl Grey tea under a cloud of aquafaba. One of the best cocktails I've had in a long time.
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