If all you want for Christmas is a guide to festive holiday cocktails…ask, and you shall receive. Here are more than 15 merry-making drinks with which to toast the season. With flavors like peppermint, cranberry, cinnamon and citrus, each sip will have you feeling the holiday cheer (and quell – temporarily, at least – your patio weather cravings). Scroll down to see what some of your favorite restaurants are serving up to make the Yuletide gay.
Alcove – Squash the Julep
If you’re a fan of mint juleps, you’ll love the wintry version they have on the menu at Alcove. The newly-opened spot on Lovejoy Wharf from barman-turned-GM-turned-restaurant-owner Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, is bursting with delicious creativity (and has a killer view of the Zakim Bridge). Their Squash the Julep cocktail is a warming combination of cognac, rum, honey, and a touch of spices. You can pretend the titular greenery is a bunch of mistletoe or a mini, minty wreath.
Artistry on the Green – North Pole Nog
Forget the milk and cookies. The North Pole Nog is what you should leave out for Santa. It’ll take his mind off from having to stuff himself down all those chimneys. Made with spiced rum, bourbon, eggnog and topped with whipped cream, this bold drink practically screams tidings of joy. You can sip on one at Lexington’s Artistry on the Green, surrounded by New England holiday charm.
The Beehive – Naughty or Spice
He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out if you’re Naughty or Spice. This boho eatery in the South End has crafted up a blend of Skyy vanilla vodka, lemon, and house-made gingerbread spice syrup. Sip on one (or two, or three…) of these and try to hold on to your spot on the nice list while you jam out to live music held nightly at the The Beehive.
Davio’s Boston – Mistletoe Martini
Mistletoe might be ever so slightly toxic (that’s why you stand under it instead of eating it), but the Mistletoe Martini from Davio’s Boston is anything but. Made with vodka, cherry brandy and lime juice, and served in an elegant up glass, this sipper gets topped with a sprig of rosemary and a couple raspberries for a hint of the classic red and green motif.
Explorateur – Mistletoe Margarita
Drink and contribute to a good cause this holiday season. Explorateur has crafted a Mistletoe Margarita, with Avión Silver, ginger liqueur, cranberry and lime agave. A dollar from every cocktail will be donated to Horizons for Homeless Children, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families.
Five Horses South Boston – Espresso Martini
One pump vanilla, one pump hazelnut, lots of pumps of alcohol. Grab an Espresso Martini at Five Horses in South Boston for this boozy coffee cocktail. Featuring vanilla vodka, hazelnut espresso vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Grady’s cold brew, this drink will get your heart pumping and energize you for the final stretch of the holiday season.
Gaslight Lynnfield – White Christmas
There doesn’t have to be snow on the ground for you to have a White Christmas. Gaslight in Lynnfield has got a holiday-inspired cocktail with peppermint vodka, chocolate, and a candy cane rim. It’s delicious, festive and, some might argue, even better than snow since it requires no shoveling.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar – Friday Night Lights
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar gets into the spirit of the season twofold with their new margarita. The Friday Night Lights combines ginger-infused tequila, coffee liqueur, tequila crema and chocolate molé bitters so it’s pretty much sippable holiday cheer. Plus! $1 from each one sold will go to the Charlestown High Athletics Department so you’re doing good with your drink.
Noir – Mulled Over
Get this cozy, traditional Christmas drink (and Clarence’s beverage of choice) at Noir at the Charles Hotel. The Mulled Over, which is made with red wine, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cinnamon, will warm you up on these chilly winter days and make for a welcome reward after a long day running around Cambridge.
Ocean Prime – The Salty Caramel
Caramel has made its mark as the perfect sweet treat during the holidays. Made with Ketel One vodka, Giffard Vanille de Madagascar, Bailey’s Irish Cream salted caramel liqueur, caramel, half & half and egg white, the Salty Caramel at Ocean Prime is smooth, sweet, and delicious.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar – Candy Cane Milkshake
They’ve got milkshakes on the menu at Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar all year round but come December, the team at this Davis Square spot give their signature drink a seasonal twist. Behold the limited-edition candy cane milkshake. It’s only available until Christmas Eve, so get to Somerville before it disappears.
Southern Proper – Tidings of Comfort and Joy
What’s more comforting than a delicious cocktail after a long day? Tidings of Comfort and Joy at Southern Proper is a mix of Applejack, apple-fig shrub, lemon, simple syrup and egg white. You’ll be feeling relaxed and carefree from all the holiday stress after sipping one of these.
Sumiao Hunan Kitchen – Lychee Bellini & Pama Mimosa
Kendall Square’s Sumiao Hunan Kitchen adds a whole host of festive food and drink to their offerings during the holiday season including these two beauties, the Lychee Bellini made with lychee liqueur, lychee puree, sparking, lychee garnish and the Pama Mimosa with pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, champagne fresh cranberries and rosemary. Take your pick and sip your way through to New Year’s.
Tamo – Jacob Marley’s Bowl
Not exactly known for being the life of the party (he was dead as a doornail, after all), Jacob Marley gets another chance at making merry this holiday season at TAMO, where they’ve named one of their large format cocktails after him. Get a few friends together and raise a straw to Scrooge’s bygone bestie over Jacob Marley’s Bowl, a potent blend of Bacardi Oakheart and 8-year rum, guava and pineapple juice, cinnamon syrup, herbsaint, angostura + a rosemary garnish.
Temazcal – En Fuego
Who care if it’s cold outside? You certainly won’t after a few sips of the En Fuego Margarita from Temazcal. This Seaport tequila cantina has crafted a spicy drink that’ll warm you right up. It’s made with Jalapeño-infused Cazadores Tequila, O3 Premium Orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, blood orange purée and agave nectar.
Temple Bar – Mele Kalikimaka
You may not be spending Christmas in Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you are. Temple Bar’s festive holiday cocktail (available until New Years), Mele Kalikimaka (that’s Merry Christmas in Hawaiian), features rye, allspice, PX sherry, falernum, lime and ginger beer. Sip on one of these, close your eyes, and just pretend you’re on the sandy shores staring at the iconic Nā Mokulua islands from Lanikai Beach.
Toro – Frozen Coquito
Toro, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s beloved tapas restaurant, which is celebrating thirteen busy years in the South End, is winning the winter cocktail game with its Frozen Coquito. The tasty bevvy blends creme de coco, clove, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, coconut milk and Puerto Rico rum. Hop on over to Washington Street during December for a drink – and don’t forget to say happy birthday.
Trade – The Snowbunny
Trade has produced a striking cocktail this season with The Snowbunny. Grey Goose vodka, elderflower, lemon, simple syrup, blackberry liqueur and powdered sugar make sipping this drink the activity of choice instead of hitting the slopes.