Be merry & bright with festive drinks from Austin bars, restaurants

Photo by Ashlyn Allison. Freedmen's Fiddlers Flip features Irish whiskey, Guinness syrup, cream,  egg white and smoked almond vanilla bitters

Photo by Ashlyn Allison. Freedmen’s Fiddlers Flip features Irish whiskey, Guinness syrup, cream,
egg white and smoked almond vanilla bitters

With nine days until Christmas, it’s about time we enjoy a seasonal cocktail or two to get us in the spirit (as if we aren’t already feeling jolly thanks to holiday PTO). To that end, a variety of different local bars and restaurants have just the tipples we’re looking for — everything from traditional eggnog recipes to more original creations full of wintry flavors.

In today’s Austin360, I’ve explored the holiday drinks of three such places more extensively, but here’s a larger guide to all the area spots and boozy potions that will help us feel festive.

  • Cantine: As the story notes, the Italian restaurant offers a couple of different holiday drinks, including the Poinsettia (vodka, pomegranate juice, lemon and sparkling wine)
  • The Carillon: Get cozy at the seasonally focused restaurant with mulled wine, served warm. (Or make it at home with this recipe)
  • Craftsman: On East Cesar Chavez Street, warm up with hot cocktails like an Irish Coffee, Mint Hot Chocolate, Hot Buttered Rum and a Hot Toddy
  • Drink Well: The North Loop bar’s winter menu features a twist on the classic flip: Save Room has cognac, orgeat, coffee, ancho chile liqueur, cinnamon and a whole egg
  • Four Seasons Austin: The downtown hotel is once again spreading holiday cheer with the gin-based Dust of Snow Cocktail, a frosty potion topped with bubbles
  • Freedmen’s: You wouldn’t guess from the subtle cocktail names that the campus-area barbecue joint has a quartet of holiday drinks, like the Sukker Plum (blanco tequila, lemon, plum and ginger syrup, vanilla extract and an absinthe spritz)
  • Hopdoddy: The burger bar’s Hot Apple Sidecar (mulled apple cider, Grand Marnier, apple slice and cinnamon stick) has returned

    Photo by Julia Keim. The Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown has created the Candy Cane Cocktail, with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate, white cremé de menthe, white chocolate syrup, and half and half.

    Photo by Julia Keim. The Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown has created the Candy Cane Cocktail, with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate, white cremé de menthe, white chocolate syrup, and half and half.

  • Hotel Ella: On the morning of Dec. 18, enjoy special cocktails during Santa’s Workshop brunch, including White Apple Sangria and a Peppermint Mojito (white rum, minted simple syrup, fresh lime and seltzer)
  • Houndstooth Coffee: They aren’t boozy, but red- and green-colored cappuccinos, the Rhum Nut and Cinnamon Spice, will make your morning more merry at both locations of the coffee shop
  • Icenhauer’s: The Rainey Street bar is again offering seasonal specials named after Christmas movies, such as Clark’s ’Nog and Buddy’s Buzz Brew (coffee and vanilla-infused bourbon, muddled orange, simple syrup and bitters)
  • Lucky Robot: South Congress’s sushi bar has created holiday favorites with Japanese flair in the Apple Rum Sake Cider and the Rum Sake Egg Nog
  • Odd Duck: The barrel-aging program this time is maturing eggnog. One is already ready, while another one will be released after Christmas. Order a cup and it’ll come served with a fresh gingerbread man.
  • Peche: In the Warehouse District, the French restaurant is midway through the Six Weeks of Eggnog special, which features an original recipe of eggnog by one of the Peche bartenders each week
  • Revelry Kitchen & Bar: Shortly after hiring a new beverage director, the East Sixth Street spot has a small menu of seasonal sips like the Apple Cider Toddy (Jim Beam Honey, housemade apple cider, honey, lemon cinnamon)
  • Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center: A trio of tipples — the Yule Tide Mule, the Hob-noggin and the Candy Cane Cocktail — are downright infused with the holiday spirit
  • Small Victory: Keeping it as classic as ever, the downtown cocktail bar is happy to whip up traditional winter offerings like Tom and Jerry and even an aged eggnog

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