Ready to warm up with a boozy beverage? Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got you covered! Check out these local spots to get a tasty seasonal cocktail. And we threw in a few recipes of tasty holiday-inspired beverages for those who would rather stay in.
Williams and Graham
Located at 3160 Tejon St
We love Williams and Graham for the atmosphere and the exciting seasonal menu. In addition to serving over 60 classic cocktails, the creative and indulgent seasonal drinks will knock your wool socks right off your feet. With a selection of over five hundred spirits from around the world, the flavorful combinations are truly endless. Craving a taste of every season? Try the Blackberry Sage Smash, which includes Woody Creek Rye, blackberries, sage, lemon, and sugar. If you were wondering where the cinnamon is, don’t sleep on the Vection (flavors of rye whiskey, cinnamon, blueberry, and cardamom). Check out their full drink menu here.
Honey Elixir Bar
Located at 2636 Walnut St. #104
It's no secret - folks are wild about Honey. And with their curated list of elixirs, it's not hard to see why. Their drinks are made with honey instead of sugar, and many include organic botanicals and medicinal herbs. Non-drinkers are at home here too, with a fantastic selection of potions and cacao that contain 0% alcohol and 100% flavor. So if you're looking for something both healing and indulgent, try the Soothed by Saffron elixir. This golden beverage includes saffron, rose, cardamom, vanilla, oat milk, and of course, honey. While you're at it, don't miss out on the selection of Jun, a low-alcohol, fermented brew made with green tea and honey, and infused by their local brewer with medicinal herbs and superfoods. With names like Ling's Ecstasy, Aphrodisia, and Wholly Spirit, these ancient beverages promise an otherworldly experience. Learn more about Honey Elixir Bar here.
Adrift Tiki Bar
Located at 218 S Broadway
If you're clinging to memories of warmer weather, there's no better place to do it than Adrift Tiki Bar. Heated outdoor seating in the Hurricane Lounge and a happy hour that goes on for days, make this tropical bar a favorite among locals and travelers alike. With a warm atmosphere and tropical cocktails, it's easy to see why guests get fired up over Adrift. Check out the Smokey The Pear, one of their signature seasonal cocktails that features mint, pineapple, and pear alongside honey, ginger, and vodka. If it's variety you seek, look no further than the Sugarcane Gang Spirit Flight, with tasting notes that include vanilla, chocolate, dried fruits, spices, and oak, among others! You can browse all of their menus here.
Try these recipes at home
If you’re in the mood to stay home instead, you can still celebrate with a seasonal cocktail or mocktail. Here are a few suggestions and links to the recipes!
Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned - featuring made-at-home chai simple syrup, bourbon, and maple syrup.
Hot Toddy - Featuring rum, honey, and lemon - a cold weather favorite!
Bad Santa White Russian - prepare to swoon over the addition of cinnamon, espresso, and chocolate sauce.
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