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
- 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