14 Cocktails to Try Before Christmas

What’s Christmas spirit without the spirits? Consider this your ultimate boozy bucket list for celebrating the holiday. This December, taste your way through the flavors of the season like eggnog, peppermint and cranberry. Keep on reading to see the festive sips restaurants are featuring on their menus for the month, and don’t worry — there’s plenty of time to try them all before Santa comes.

Twenty-Nine Rustic – Alpine Martini

Sugar, spice and everything nice — this Alpine Martini is the holiday drink that has it all. Roasted coriander, lemon, St. George Terroir gin, and Dickinson’s pure honey make up this scratch-made cocktail from 29 Rustic Mediterranean.


Bodega Canal – Spiced Cranberry Margarita

The best thing about margaritas is they’re never out of season. Tequila and taco joint, Bodega Canal, is now serving their rendition of a holiday margarita. This Spiced Cranberry Margarita features Avion blanco, pear, cranberry, raspberries, spices and a cinnamon sugar rim.


Cafe Du Pays – Eggnog

Aged eggnog is the new craze this holiday season. If you try this cocktail, you’ll see why. Cafe Du Pays‘ bottle-aged Eggnog has a silky smoothness that perfectly complements bourbon, cognac, rum and sherry in this classic winter treat. It’s only here for a short time, so get it while you can!


The Chelsea Station – The Spy Who Loved Me

Monkey 47 gin, known for its spice, fruit and herbal flavors, has found its way into this holiday cocktail from The Chelsea Station. There’s no shortage of spiced aromas and citrus-y notes in The Spy Who Loved Me.


The Lion’s Tale – Holy Martinez

Cardamom and floral touches of Monkey 47 gin with cinnamon, molasses, and orange zest in Pio Cesare Chinato mean that the Holy Martinez is jam-packed with all the fragrant spices of Christmas time. The addition of maraschino, angostura & orange bitters make this cocktail from The Lion’s Tale a must-try this holiday season.


Fat Baby – Mistletoe Martini

Standing under the mistletoe and waiting for your Christmas crush to catch a hint might be too subtle. Get the message through⁠ by buying them a Mistletoe Martini from Fat Baby (Tito’s, cranberry, elderflower and mint). And while you’re at it, you might as well serenade them with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” at Fat Baby‘s Holiday Carol-oke on December 20th.


Foundry On Elm – Irish Coffee

Cozy up with Foundry On Elm‘s Irish Coffee. Made with house-brewed coffee, Jameson, chartreuse and vanilla infused whipped cream, this cocktail is perfect for sipping on a snowy morning while enjoying Foundry on Elm’s Sunday brunch buffet.


Ledger – Catch Me If You Can

Catch this drink if you can — it’s totally worth it. Ledger‘s Catch Me If You Can (pictured) is a vegan gingerbread martini made with dairy-free rumchata, house gingerbread syrup, vodka and a gingerbread man garnish. If gingerbread’s not your speed, Ledger also serves their Infamous Eggnog, made with separately-whipped egg white, yolk and cream with bourbon, cognac, rum, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, vanilla, nutmeg and a tiny red stocking garnish (so cute!)


Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar – Gangsta’s Pear-adise

Cinnamon is the name of the game in this holiday cocktail. The Gangsta’s Pear-adise features Alto cinnamon-infused tequila with lemon, pear puree and a cinnamon sugar rim. For every drink sold, $1 will be given to the South Boston Boys and Girls club. Drink up and do some good this month at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar.


Lookout Rooftop Bar at Envoy Hotel – Snuggle Juice

The aptly named Snuggle Juice from Lookout Rooftop Bar is the holiday drink to give you that sought after warm and fuzzy feeling. Perfectly paired with an ugly Christmas sweater, this hot cocktail features red wine, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, honey and orange.


Lower Mills Tavern – White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Lower Mills Tavern is serving decadence in a martini glass: White Chocolate Peppermint Martini (white chocolate liqueur, Mcgillicuddy’s, cream, vodka and a crushed peppermint rim). While you’re sipping on this mint chocolate-y cocktail, you might as well try their homemade peppermint chocolate cookies. These holiday goodies are only available this month so head on over to LMT and treat yourself!


Precinct Kitchen + Bar – Cousin Eddie’s Eggnog

Precinct Kitchen + Bar is celebrating the holidays with specialty cocktails and snacks all month long until New Year’s, including a holiday movie themed pop-up from now until Saturday, December 28th. Stop by to try their limited-time libations like this Cousin Eddie’s Eggnog(pictured), made with Madeira, Maker’s Mark, whole egg and nutmeg. While you’re enjoying a holiday movie at Precinct’s Christmas-themed pop-up, sip on a Peppermint Patty hot cocoa cocktail (Branca Menta, almond milk, and hot cocoa with crushed candy cane). Let the kids in on the fun too — with every purchase of a spiked hot cocoa, a complimentary kid-friendly cocoa will be offered.


Temple Bar – Sleigh Ride

If you love the smell of Christmas trees, then you’ll love this drink. St George Terroir gin’s forest-like aroma with Brovo vermouth, cranberry bitters and pickled cranberries give this drink an earthy fragrance with a fruity kick. Experience The Sleigh Ride for yourself at Temple Bar.


Trade – The Snow Bunny

If you love escaping to the snow slopes on the weekends, now you can get your snowy fix anytime with this cocktail from Trade. The Snow Bunny is piled high with lots of ice, Grey Goose vodka, elderflower, blackberry liqueur, lemon and simple syrup.

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