Wherever you travel to in America for the holidays, there’s a jolly bartender waiting to serve you a Santa-approved drink to get you into the spirit of the Christmas season.
From spots on the East Coast, West Coast and in between, we put together a sampling of bars across the nation serving festive Christmas cocktails to celebrate the holiday.
ASSET – Upper West Side, New York City
Jack Daniels Whiskey, Espresso and Cola, garnished with Cherries.
329 Columbus Avenue, New York City, NY; @assetrestaurant
Goosefeather – Tarrytown, NY
Tequila, Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Velvet Falernum, Lime Juice, Passionfruit Juice, Carrot Juice and Cinnamon Syrup; garnished with a Mint Sprig and a slice of Carrot.
49 E Sunnyside Lane (at Tarrytown House Estate), Tarrytown, NY; @ goosefeatherny
High George – New Haven, CT
Angostura White Oak Rum, Meletti Amaro, House-Spiced Pumpkin Puree and Lemon Juice topped with Vanilla Whipped Cream.
9 High Street (at The Blake Hotel), New Haven, Ct; @highgeorgenh
The Skylark – Times Square South, New York City
Maple Walnut Old Fashioned
Old Grandad Bourbon, Maple Syrup and Walnut Bitters, garnished with Orange Twist and Maple–Candied Walnuts.
200 W 39th Street, 30th Floor, New York City, NY; @theskylarknyc
Mister French – Lower East Side, New York City
Velours De Whiskey
Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey, Montenegro Amaro, Giffard Banane Du Brésil Liqueur, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Giffard Vanilla De Madagascar Barrel-Aged Balsamic Reduction and Black Walnut Bitters on the rocks, and garnished brûléed Brown Sugar Banana Slice.
218 Bowery, New York, NY; @misterfrenchnyc
Sugar Monk – Central Harlem, New York City
Grey Goose Pear, Cointreau, Lemon, Yuzu, Pear, Cardamom and Pasteurized Egg Whites.
2292 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York City, NY; @sugarmonknyc
Costero Bar + Bistro – Los Angeles
The Naughty Negroni
Campari, Astral Gin, Vermouth and Cedilla Liqueur (fruity Açai liqueur from Brazil).
6101 W Century Boulevard (inside the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA; sheratonlax.com/costero
Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen – San Francisco
Eggnog’s Puerto Rican cousin the Coquito (“little coconut”); Coconut Cream, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Egg Yolks, Condensed and Evaporated Milk and house-made Rumchata, then, garnished with a sprig of Rosemary and a Cinnamon Stick. (Vegan version also available)
401 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA; @jasperscornertapsf
Revival at the Sawyer – Sacramento
So Merry & Bright
Spiced Maple Simple Syrup, Blood Orange Juice, Botanist Gin, served atop Cranberry Juice Ice Cubes, garnished with a burnt Rosemary Sprig and Blood Orange Chip.
500 J Street (in DOCO), Sacramento, CA; @revivalatthesawyer
Mortar & Pestle Bar – San Jose and San Mateo
Land Of Milk & Honey
Greek Yogurt, Ginger Tea Infused Modest Vodka, Mandarine Napoleon Orange Liqueur, Lemon, Honey Syrup and Bittercube Bolivar Bitters, then, garnished Star Anise Pod.
3250 Zanker Road #20, San Jose, CA and 130 Main Street, San Mateo, CA; curryupnow.com/mortarandpestlebar
Selanne Steak Tavern – Laguna Beach
Baby its Clove Outside
Woodford Rye Whiskey, Cane Sugar and Peychauds Bitters mixed and poured into a Kubler Absinthe-rinsed rocks glass garnished with Star Anise and Lemon Twist, then, cocktail placed in a smoking chamber with cloves.
1464 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA; @ selannesteak
Drakes Fireside Lounge – Bodega Bay, CA
Cozy in Cocoa
Hot Chocolate, Whiskey and Coffee Liqueur topped with Whipped Cream, Maldon Sea Salt and Cinnamon. Pairs perfectly with the Fireside Dark Chocolate S’more Bar -dark chocolate layered with Nutella mousse, marshmallow, graham crust and hazelnuts. – Bartender at Bodega Bay Lodge
103 Coast Highway One (at Bodega Bay Lodge), Bodega Bay, CA; drakesbodegabay.com/#firesidelounge
Lure Fishbar – Miami Beach
Café con Cocoa
A frozen cocoa cocktail created with locally distilled Miami Club Rum and Miami Club Rum Cuban Coffee Liquor, Godiva White Chocolate Liquor, locally churned Azucar Ice Cream and homemade Raspberry Puree. (A kid-friendly cocoa also available, and will be offered complimentary with the purchase of “spiked” cocoa for adults.)
1601 Collins Avenue (in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel), Miami Beach, FL; @lurefishbarsb
Reindeer Room Pop Up at RUMBAR – Key Biscayne
Bourbon, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, La Colada Coffee Porter and Marshmallow Fluff, garnished with Graham Cracker Rim.
455 Grand Bay Drive (at RUMBAR in The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami), Key Biscayne, FL; .ritzcarlton.com/miami/key-biscayne/rumbar-lobby-lounge
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop – Wynwood Art District, Miami
Cafecito Pie Shake
Vanilla Ice Cream blended with a thick slice of Cafecito Pie – FD’s signature oatmeal crust, salted caramel filling infused with freshly ground espresso, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder, (non-alcoholic).
2818 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL; @fdpies
DUNE at Auberge – Fort Lauderdale Beach
Smoke On The Water
High West Campfire Whiskey, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur (a slightly sweet liqueur with a crisp pine floral finish from the Austrian Alps) and Ginger Syrup, stirred and strained over Rosemary Ice Cube and garnished with Brandied Cherries.
2200 North Ocean Boulevard (located inside Auberge Beach Residences & Spa), Fort Lauderdale Beach; @dunefortlauderdale
Burlock Coast – Fort Lauderdale Beach
A drink from the Dominican Republic that is concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs with a taste is similar to port wine; Burlock Coast’s Mamajuana mixed with Keez Beez Honey Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Orange Bitters and Dash Plum Bitters, then, poured over a Black Tea Ice Sphere and garnished wih Sugar Cane and Orange Peel.
1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard (at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale), Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL; @burlockcoast
Miracle Popup at Death or Glory – Delray Beach
Christmas Carol Barrel
Blanco Tequila, Coffee Liqueur, Cocoa Nib-Infused Orange & Cognac Liqueur, Iced Hot Chocolate and Mexican Spices.
116 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL; @deathorglorybar_delray
L.A. Jackson – Nashville
Vodka, Blanc Vermouths, Lemon, Honey and Orange Flower Water topped with Soda.
401 11th Avenue S (on top of the Thompson Nashville Hotel), Nashville, TN; @lajacksonbar
Hell or High Water Bar – Louisville, KY
Truth In The Bazaar
Bourbon, Chai Tea, Spiced Maple Syrup, Pear Liqueur, Allspice Dram, Cinnamon, Cream and Whole Egg.
112 West Washington Street, Louisville, KY; @hellorhighwaterbar
Compere Lapin – Warehouse District, New Orleans
Florio & Fauna
Bitter Queen’s Thai Spice Bitters, Simple Syrup, Lemon, Florio Fernet, Huana Guanabana Liqueur, Dolin Blanc and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin.
535 Tchoupitoulas Street (in the Warehouse District), New Orleans, LA; @comperelapin
Copper Vine – Central Business District, New Orleans
Maker’s Mark, Simple Syrup and Lemon Juice topped with Merlot Wine.
1001 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
Hot Tin – Garden District, New Orleans
Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing
Gin, Honey, Lemon Juice and fresh basil leaves topped with Lambrusco Wine.
2031 St Charles Avenue (at the Pontchartrain Hotel), New Orleans, LA; @hottinbar
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