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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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Rye In July: The Ward 8

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We partnered with Brown-Forman, Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring a fun twist to your summer cocktails. Rye in July is your go-to weekly drink feature to make while stuck at home for ideas of cocktails. We are featuring The Ward 8 in today's video! This thirst-quenching, summer-ready fresh cocktail is what you need on a hot day like today!

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover

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Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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