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Steamin’ Spirits: 4 hot cocktails in Columbus

Aaron Wetli

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Was it too cold for a craft draft today? Is the wine at home just not warming you up? Does a Moscow mule actually make you think of a Siberian winter?

If the answers to any of these questions was yes, fear not dear reader as we at 614NOW have a quick and effective list for hot winter spirits to help lift your spirits.

Here are your hot and boozy Columbus Cocktails.

THE SPIKED CIDER at ODDFELLOWS LIQUOR BAR | 1038 N High St.
Oddfellows definitely has a strong and passionate group of followers and if you are familiar with their craft cocktail selection, this is not news to you. The Spiked Cider sounds simple, but is as intricate as Oddfellows décor is eccentric. Served in a coffee mug, the HOT cider is accompanied by a healthy dose of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Averna (a sweet and thick Italian liqueur), and cinnamon syrup. Sweet, spicy, and hot, this warm winter cocktail packs a punch and at $7 doesn’t break the bank.

TOASTED COCONUT HOT BUTTERED RUM at GRASS SKIRT TIKI ROOM | 105 N Grant Ave.
Do you need a tropical vacation but have family and work requirements that keep you from hopping on a plane? If so, stop by the Grass Skirt Tiki Room for an island vibe and some classic island drinks. Specifically, get the Toasted Coconut Hot Buttered Rum. Furiously hot water accompanies house-infused coconut rum, allspice butter, Cruzan coconut, Cruzan 151 (that will warm you up), cinnamon and sugar. Oh yeah, it gets set on fire directly on your table.

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NIGHT HUNT at SIDEBAR COLUMBUS | 122 E Main St.
The mixologists at Sidebar are so talented, they can even make Jägermeister seem classy. Enter the Night Hunt: Jägermeister served toddy style with sugar, bitters, piping hot water with a side of hand-whipped cream. This rich and delicious concoction is only $11 and certainly isn’t your father’s Hot Toddy. Also, when at Sidebar, don’t be afraid to go for a very traditional, yet very delicious and affordable Irish Coffee. This no-frills cocktail warms you up and is the perfect ratio of coffee and liquor.

HOT APPLE CIDER at TIP TOP KITCHEN & COCKTAILS | 73 E Gay St.
This mulled (heated with spices and fruit) hot apple cider is delicious and versatile as it can be served with Old Crow Whiskey, Stoli Salted Caramel Vodka (my recommendation) and Cracken Rum. Each choice is delicious and ranges anywhere from $4.50 to $5.75.
What this means is that you can have that awesome and low-key date night, where each of you have two ciders and split the Ohio Nachos, for less than $35. In fact, I am going to text my wife about this now.

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

Posted by Ray Ray's Hog Pit on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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