Holiday Cheers

Celebrate Out of the Box: Holiday Cocktails

Toast the holiday season with these festive libations.

By Megha Tejpal December 2, 2015

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Ready or not, the holidays are officially here. From honey hams and smoked turkeys to pumpkin spice desserts of every variety, the sights, sounds, and smells of the season are a force to be reckoned with. Restaurants are rolling out new dishes to celebrate fresh flavors of the fall, but we think a flock of festive cocktails is the most fun way to celebrate.

Amidst the bustling bar scene in downtown, JW Marriott's Main Kitchen is wowing guests with a spirited Champagne cocktail concocted with Bacardi Wolf Rum, Prosecco and fresh berries. The sugar rim and pop of color from the berries makes this drink as much an accessory to your holiday garb as a sinful treat.

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Peppermint twist martini

New to the Houston restaurant scene, Black & White in the Heights is putting an adventurous spin on a traditional holiday drink, delighting customers with its Spiced Eggnog Martini crowned with whipped cream and cinnamon. Rich, creamy and on the sweeter side, the cocktail can double as an after dinner drink. The Peppermint Twist Martini takes the art of garnishing a drink to a whole new level with a jumbo peppermint ribbon dipped right in the peppermint flavored cocktail.

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A Night in Hokkaido

In the way of warm libations, (one of the hottest cocktail trends this season, no pun intended), Izakaya is serving up a most unusual drink to enjoy as Houston's temperatures slowly but surely continue to drop. A Night in Hokkaido, presented warm in a tea cup, is crafted with sesame-infused whiskey, hot sake, honey and clove. Named after the picturesquely snow-covered island in Japan, A Night in Hokkaido will no doubt transport you with its soothing aroma and distinct taste.

And for the beer enthusiast, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.'s Gingerbread Stout is the holiday brew of the season. With its rich coffee-and-gingerbread flavor, this dark beer makes a pleasant pairing with holiday sweets and desserts. Subtle hints of nutmeg and pine are not lost, even on less experienced beer drinkers, making it a popular choice for beer and liquor fans alike. 

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