We don’t have to tell you drinking and the holidays are often synonymous, whether that be a fact for stress relief reasons or because the season brings out some majorly imaginative cocktails. Let’s focus on the latter reason to keep things positive.
Here are seven spots for holiday cocktails around the Valley this season.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour1 West Jefferson Street
Bitter & Twisted’s Sippin’ Santa pop-up is back, Santa baby. From now till Saturday, January 9, the tiki-themed holiday drink menu offers orders like the North Pole Punch, the Parrot in a Pear Tree, and the extra-tiki-y Kaloka Colada. And for last-minute gifts (or treats for yourself) some of these drinks come with collectible barware and tiki mugs for purchase.
Floor 1315 East Monroe Street
Miracle, a cocktail bar concept that pops up in various cities around the holidays, has set up [Santa’s Work] shop at Floor 13 atop the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Phoenix. Cocktails on the Miracle at Floor 13 menu range from $10 to $20 and include the Fruitcake Flip (brandy, rum, amaretto, cherry bitters, whole egg, and, obviously, fruitcake) and the Bad Santa (mulled red wine, port, orange liqueur, and just “Christmas spices”).
Hula’s Modern TikiMultiple Locations
Hula’s Modern Tiki’s Hula-Days cocktails are available now through December 31, meaning there’s plenty of time to nab a caramel-heavy Little Cindy Lou Who ($12), the scorched-marshmallow garnished Sleigh Rye ($12), and the perfectly named Rum Rum Reindeer ($12). What’s more, Hula’s separate cocktail lounge, Hula’s Captain Cabin neighboring the Uptown location, is offering additional drinks, like the gin-spiked I Won’t Be Home for Christmas ($12).
Kelly's at SouthBridge7117 East Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale
From now till January 1, Kelly's at SouthBridge near the Scottsdale Waterfront is serving a limited-edition martini flight inspired by popular holiday desserts. Think Kelly's Pumpkin Spice Martini, Espresso Martini, and a Strawberry White Chocolate Martini for $35 a flight.
Zinqué4712 North Goldwater Boulevard., #110, Scottsdale
Park yourself on that Zinqué patio and order over the Winter Hearth (also known as the Foyer D’hiver in French). This $12 cocktail is comprised of rum, pumpkin spice liquor, vanilla, Amaro Noniño, Frangelico, and spiced pear — but the whole thing is apparently reminiscent of eggnog. This drink is on the menu till December 31.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails2 East Jefferson Street
Holiday pop-ups aren’t done popping up just yet. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is hosting the Frosty’s Pop-Up Bar at Blue Hound from now through Christmas Day. This Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar has everything — holiday décor, festive-feeling small plates, a vinyl DJ, and $16 cocktails. Think Santa’s Little Helper (Tito’s Vodka, St-Germain liqueur, Pimm’s, and rosemary) and The Red Nose (spiced rum, mulled wine, lemon, and some fizzy Cava).
Phoenix City Grille5816 North 16th Street
Set in the Madison neighborhood in Uptown, Phoenix City Grille is offering a couple cocktails ideal for holiday time. The Harvest Apple Sangria ($9) is apple cider, apricot liqueur, orange juice, agave lemon sour, simple syrup, white wine, club soda, and a spritz of 7Up. It’s served in a wine glass spruced up with cranberries and an apple slice. Next, the Salted Caramel Apple Cocktail ($11) is both Crown Royal Apple and Crown Royal Salted Caramel whiskeys, lemon juice, and ginger ale. What’s more, the rocks glass is rimmed with caramel and salt.
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