Cocktails

7 Places for Holiday-Themed Cocktails in Greater Phoenix

The Sippin’ Santa pop-up is back, Santa baby.
The Sippin’ Santa pop-up is back, Santa baby. Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
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 Parlour

1 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.

click to enlarge The Christmas Carol Barrel served during Miracle at Floor 13. - MIRACLE
The Christmas Carol Barrel served during Miracle at Floor 13.
Miracle

Floor 13

15 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”).


click to enlarge Get nicely toasted with the Sleigh Rye cocktail. - HULA’S MODERN TIKI
Get nicely toasted with the Sleigh Rye cocktail.
Hula’s Modern Tiki

Hula’s Modern Tiki

Multiple 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).

click to enlarge A dessert-themed martini flight from Kelly's. - KELLY'S AT SOUTHBRIDGE
A dessert-themed martini flight from Kelly's.
Kelly's at SouthBridge

Kelly's at SouthBridge

7117 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.

click to enlarge The Winter Hearth a.k.a. the Foyer D’hiver in French at Zinqué. - ZINQUÉ
The Winter Hearth a.k.a. the Foyer D’hiver in French at Zinqué.
Zinqué

Zinqué

4712 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.

click to enlarge The Frosty’s Pop-Up Bar at Blue Hound is happening now. - BLUE HOUND KITCHEN & COCKTAILS
The Frosty’s Pop-Up Bar at Blue Hound is happening now.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 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).

click to enlarge The Salted Caramel Apple Cocktail from PCG. - PHOENIX CITY GRILLE
The Salted Caramel Apple Cocktail from PCG.
Phoenix City Grille

Phoenix City Grille

5816 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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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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