10 Christmas Cocktails to Bring in the Holidays
Thanksgiving is finally over and you know what that means – the Holidays are officially here!
And because I’m very thoughtful/generous/kind etc., I’ve decided to give you all a very special gift – the gift of alcohol.
So, without further ado, here’s the down-low on all the best holiday cocktails being served in Chicago this December.
I know, I know – you’re welcome.
The upscale and modern Mexican restaurant, Cantina Laredo, is frosting things up with their Sabores Combinados wintery festival, available through the New Year. And featuring in their holiday special is two notable winter cocktails. The Winter White Margarita is made with Avion Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Monin Coconut Fruit Puree, topped with fresh lime juice, and is $12. The Winterberry Margarita is a wonderful mesh of 1800 Silver Tequila, Monin Agave Syrup, orange bitters, fresh lime juice, and topped with raspberries and fresh thyme for only $10.
No matter how much we try, we can never truly prepare for Chicago’s weary winters. But don’t you worry, the Promontory in Hyde Park has the perfect drink to cozy up with. A tasty balance between sweet and savory, Figment In Thyme is a herbal Letherbee fig and thyme gin, mixed with simple syrup and eggs whites, lemon, and a pimento dram bitter for a bit of spice. Such a rich and creamy taste, this beverage is the only thing you really need to stay warm (well, grab a coat just in case).
The thyme is now folks! Figment in Thyme is available now.
Logan Square’s Lost Lake is playing host to Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shop this holiday season – a kitschy, tiki, Christmas-themed pop-up bar making waves across the country. Though the ~official~ menu remains unpublished for now, Lost Lake has let a few gems like the From One to Nine-Two cocktail sneak through on their Instagram. Taking its name from a rather obscure line in Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song, this spirited drink is made with Corazon Reposado Tequila, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, sherry, pepita-almond orgeat, lime, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, walnut, and nutmeg.
Stretch Bar & Grill
Make the naughty list this Christmas with The World’s Best Cup of Naughty Coffee, from the new pop-up bar, Elf’d Up. This sinful libation is a Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, mixed with coffee, Tuaca, and maple syrup, topped with whipped cream and one large, toasting marshmallow, priced at $10.
Stretch Bar & Grill
Check out this gumdrop goodness, another Christmas cocktail by Elf’d Up. Mr. Nahwhal is a Wheatly vodka, mixed with blue curacao, Cocoa Lopez, pineapple juice and simple syrup, and finally garnished with a gumdrop tusk and cherries. This jolly drink will surely give you a Christmas buzz. The pop-up bar starts this Friday, November 23 at 6 pm and lasts through January 31. So let’s get Elf’d the elf up!
While wining and dining at this classic sushi restaurant, indulge in their Christmas cocktail special. Snow Monkey contains a Japanese Iwai whiskey with spiced pear liquor, honey syrup, and samurai chai tea for only $9. Word on the street is they offer hot chocolate with whipped cream for the kiddos in your life, so come get some seasonal drinks for everyone!
The holidays take a turn for the devilish with this hot and chocolatey spirit from, well, HotChocolate. Though Mindy’s cocoa is sinfully good as is, Satan’s Caramel kicks it up a notch by combining their caramel-y medium chocolate blend with Bauchant Orange Liqueur and dry curaçao. Topped with a salted caramel rim, this seasonal spirit will land you on the naughty list for sure – but you’ll love it.
The Ladies’ Room
Nothing warms you up on a cold, winter’s night quite like, well, a literal fire. Indulge in the blazing, shareable cocktail known as the Thunderdome this December at The Ladies’ Room – the semi-secret bar area located inside Logan Square’s Fat Rice. If the fire alone doesn’t sell you on this drink, you should know it also contains a delectable mix of El Dorado 12 Year Rum, Old Monk Rum, allspice dram, house-made bay rum leaf liqueur, ginger beer, jackfruit, lime. I mean, yum.
Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack strikes again with the Merry N’ Bright. This appropriately Christmas-themed cocktail is a riff on a swizzled peppermint julep complete with Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Fernet Branca, Branca Menta, demerara, crème de cacao, crème de menthe, and mint. If this doesn’t put you in a Christmasy mood, then nothing will.
I, like you, spent a good portion of this year binging, talking about, and then re-binging Big Little Lies. And while I can’t say for certain that this wintery cocktail from Boleo is inspired by the Michael Kiwanuka bop that served as the series theme song, I’m gonna go right ahead and assume that it’s true. Otherwise, the Cold Little Heart is based on a hot-toddy style drink the mixologist’s mom used to craft, combining El Dorado 8 yr rum, Balvenie 14 yr, Avua Amburana Cachaça, dulce de leche, orange citrate bitters, and nutmeg in a precious little mug. And damn, does it sound good.
Featured Image Credit: Lost Lake Instagram