The hot toddy is characterized as a festive drink that is infused with spices mixed with hot boiling water, lemon, honey and a spirit of your choice. They will usually contain whiskey, brandy or rum to liven up the bodily senses, especially during the coldest months of the year. It’s believed that the drink came from Scotland, yet the word “toddy” is a variation from the word “tari” which refers to a drink made from an Indian Palm. In cold states like Minnesota, hot toddies are no longer a cure for colds but instead a delicious drink to enjoy at local watering holes.

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Kip’s Pub & Restaurant
9970 Wayzata Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 367-5070

Confined within the Hotel Marriott, Kip’s Pub & Restaurant traveled long and far from the City of Dublin to establish its new home in Minnesota. The location offers free WiFi for customers and is packed with entertainment options. Filled with seven high-definition televisions, Kip’s has a brand new gas fire pit and new furniture to enjoy a nice hot drink or toddy for the occasion. Warm up with its Cork Country Apple Toddy on a cold Minnesota night. It’s absolutely delightful.

Aster Cafe
125 S.E. Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138

Aster Cafe is an independently owned and operated coffee shop that has been serving the Twin Cities community for about five years. When the weather is cold and breezy, come on down to get all warmed up in this cozy locale. With a nice selection of coffee, tea, espresso and a hot toddy, your experience will be relished with an enjoyable view across the river. The prices are affordable across the board and it is a nice gathering place for all sorts of daily obligations.

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Loring Pasta Bar
327 14th Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-4849

The Loring Pasta Bar has been serving Dinkytown patrons proudly for over a decade. The place is known for its upscale elegance and whimsical decor. The restaurant provides an excellent dining experience and unlimited menu options for beverages and warm drinks. The hot toddy here is done simply but perfectly. On the weekends, particularly Fridays and Saturdays, the place turns into a full-blown entertainment extravaganza with savory salsa music late in the evening.

Eli’s Food & Cocktails
815 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-0031

Eli’s Food & Cocktails is one Hennepin locale that you must visit during the frigid winter. Eli’s enjoys two classy locations, both serving up a delicious hot toddy to warm your bones. You can’t go wrong with the classic hot toddy, but being a bar that specializes in craft cocktails, there are other options to explore as well. Find your favorite.

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Merlins Rest Pub
3601 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 216-2419

Merlins Rest Pub has been voted the Best Neighborhood Bar by readers for a third consecutive year in the City Pages. It’s about the closest thing you’ll find to the British Isles in the Twin Cities with its close proximity to the Mississippi River. All patrons are impressed with the large selection of single-malt scotches and Irish whiskeys. You can call any specific spiking ingredient to make your hot toddy truly one of a kind.

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