10 Cocktails to Warm You This Winter

Winter weather naturally lends itself to leisurely conversations over a delicious cocktail that warms you from the inside out. You don’t have to look far for a good drink in Bozeman; mixologists are on the top of their game in this town. Cocktail menus range from the classic to the contemporary, with exciting liquors and fresh ingredients.


Devil’s Toboggan

The atmosphere at Devil’s Toboggan takes you back to the roaring ’20s, where glamour, music, and great cocktails reigned the social scene. This well-appointed craft cocktail bar mixes some exquisite drinks (in nice glassware, we may add) and offers excellent noshes. All their cocktails are original and delicious, but we suggest trying the Old Fashioned – made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, brown sugar simple, plus orange and aromatic bitters. The whole experience rings with class.



While PLONK is a fabulous wine bar and restaurant, they are most known for their incredible cocktails. They were first on the craft cocktail scene, and with a few additions, the menu has stood the test of time. We suggest the G.F.C.; house-infused ginger vodka and basil are the main ingredients. As for the name, we’ll let you figure that out.


Steak dinner and cocktail from Open Range.


Open Range

The bar at Open Range is a great spot for cocktails and conversation. And while they do a great job of creating some unique drinks, they also do a great job at some of the more classic cocktails, such as The Last Word – Gin, Luxardo, Green Chartreuse, and Lime. The flavor combination is earthy and delicious.


Bozeman Spirits Distillery

Distilling whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum, Bozeman Spirits uses local grains as much as possible in their spirits. They also mix up some mean cocktails. We like the huckleberry lemonade during the summer months, but come winter, the Hot Rum Cider is delightful! Using their own Prairie Schooner Spiced Rum, plus hot apple cider and garnished with an apple slice and orange peel, the flavor and the smell are nothing but warming.


Wild Rye Distilling

Located in the Cannery District, another local distillery, Wild Rye Distilling crafts nine different spirits plus their tonic syrup made with Cinchona Bark (used to fight off malaria.) Of course, we can’t resist the Cherry Soda, made with Wild Rye Cherry Vodka, dark cherry juice, simple syrup, and soda. Add a splash of cream for an Italian Soda, a local favorite!


Bacchus Pub

Everything about the Bacchus Pub is cozy. This old-world-style pub has dark finishes and a warm pub feel. Even the food is comforting (try the curry fries!). For drinks, we suggest curling up next to the fireplace with an Espresso Martini – Van Gogh Espresso Vodka, Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur (from Butte’s Headframe Spirits), and Cream are the only three ingredients, and they meld together perfectly.


Happy Box

One of Bozeman’s most unique restaurants, serving Asian Street Food and karaoke boxes for private karaoke sessions! The cocktails are equally impressive. Try Hits Me Like a Wok; Bozal Ensemble Mezcal, Japanese whiskey, house ginger syrup, Szechuan bitters with dried red chili for a spicy option.


Room 1

With simple and classy interiors and out-of-this-world drinks, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to an urban area in this little corner of the Bozeman Hotel. The menu rotates seasonally, and everything we’ve tried is excellent, but for winter, we suggest The Bozeman Hotel - cognac, lemon, maraschino, vanilla syrup, egg white, and absinthe.


Martini from Brigade. 


One of Bozeman’s newest hot spots, Brigade, is the place to get a martini. You can choose from vodka, gin, Cosmo, or infused berry flavors, and hands down, they are the best in town. The atmosphere is well appointed and comfortable, and the food is delicious.



Brunch enthusiasts will love the mimosas at Jam! Try the G-Funk Mimosa with fresh grapefruit juice, elderflower syrup, and House Italian Prosecco, garnished with raspberries and mint. But we would be remiss not to mention the Irish Chai Latte, with Tipu’s Chai Tea from Missoula (it’s spicy!), steamed milk, and a shot of Irish Cream. Pair it with a flight of their various benedicts or one of their delicious omelets, and you’re set! 

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