Cocktails to Get You Through the Holidays

By December 14, 2016 No Comments

 Below we’ve rounded up some holiday-themed cocktails that can be found around San Diego, to keep you feeling warm, festive, and hydrated on the holiday party circuit this season. You can sip on Manhattans any time, but there’s something particularly satisfying about drinking a cocktail designed for the most magical time of the year. Below you will find a list of holiday cocktails from some of San Diego’s top mixologists perfect for the holiday season!


Del Sur Mexican Cantina – Cran-Merry MargaritaEveryone’s favorite Mexican beverage is getting festive with an American twist. The creative ladies at Del Sur Mexican Cantina have taken the classic margarita and sprinkled it with some Christmas magic. The Cran-Merry Margarita is made with Santa’s special Jamaica infused tequila, cranberry jam and a sprig of mint. Watch a quick video on how to make this easy margarita in your casa!



Bottega Americano – Seasonal CocktailEnjoy the tastes of the holidays with Bottega Americano’s seasonal cocktail. A mix of Apple infused bourbon, egg whites, clove syrup, cinnamon vanilla syrup and lemon juice makes this the perfect drink to toast to during the holiday season. Jsix – Forever YoungStay “Forever Young” this holiday season with Jsix’s newest cocktail made with high west double rye, amaretto, liquor 43, lemon, cranberry syrup and egg whites. Oggi’s – Black VelvetOggi’s new beer cocktail Black Velvet combines Oggi’s Black Magic Stout with champagne and grenadine for the perfect bubbly concoction. The Westgate Hotel – Winter MargaritaThe Westgate Hotel’s Winter Margarita is a refreshing twist on a classic. Made with Hornitos tequila, Cointreau, lime & cranberry juices, this drink is the perfect way to warm up on a cool December night. Bencotto – SbagliatoThe Italian word Sbagliato means “mistake” and refers to a spin on the classic Negroni—but this cocktail is no mistake. The Sbagliato at Bencotto combines Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco for the perfect seasonal treat.   Monello – Blood and SandThe mixologists at Monello are serving up the Blood and Sand cocktail, complete with scotch, sweet vermouth, and fortified cherry reduction for a unique holiday twist.     Decoy Dockside Dining – Madre MojitoDeck the halls dockside this holiday season by sipping on festive drinks such as the Madre Mojito made with dragon berry Bacardi rum, hanger one mandarin, lemon & lime juice, mint, cranberry and Prosecco. TRUST Restaurant – Trust Cocktail #8Cozy up at TRUST Restaurant this holiday season with Trust Cocktail #8. This frothy winter drink is made with Auva cachaça, Hamilton rum, Bonal, orgeat, bitters, and is garnished with apple slices.  The Patio on Lamont – Coconut Beach Holiday CocktailsThe Patio on Lamont is partnering with San Diego-based coconut water company, Coconut Beach, to make merrymaking easier this year with coconut water cocktails. Packed with essential electrolytes and potassium, coconut water is key to getting through the holiday season sans hangover. Created by lead bartender Richard Shina,  the Coconut Rum Pum Pum Pum and Coco-Nutcracker, cocktails are both mixed with Coconut Beach 100 % Pure Coconut Water, and can be jollily sipped on The Patio on Lamont’s cozy, charming patio all season long. AVANT – Gingerbread MartiniLocated in North County San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn is full of holiday cheer! Celebrate the holidays with the flavors of Christmas, by sipping the sweet, silky Gingerbread Martini at the property’s signature restaurant, AVANT. The creamy festive cocktail includes vanilla vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s and housemade ginger sauce, topped with gingerbread cookie crumbles on the rim.  Top of the Hyatt – Gingerbread HatRaise your glass and sip in style with a spectacular view 40 stories above San Diego Bay. Floor to ceiling windows offer dramatic panoramic views of the city and ocean below creating the perfect setting to celebrate the sunset with a signature cocktail or light bite. The Gingerbread Hat is Malahat spiced rum, Frangelico, cinnamon schnapps, and fresh lime, topped with ginger beer Grant Grill – Winter CocktailsNew additions to Grant Grill’s winter cocktail menu, The Giving Tree, showcase everything from cedar and blossom foam to flaming cinnamon sticks and more. Cocktails include the Cherry Picker – Rye, luxardo maraschino liquor, house made sarsaparilla soda. Bottled and labeled in-house. Served with a lowball with luxardo syrup half rim and flaming cinnamon stick. Hotel del Coronado – Cinnamon Apple TeaWarm up this holiday season with the Hotel del Coronado’s signature cocktail, Cinnamon Apple Tea. A spiked version of warm apple cider with Teeling Whisky, Carpona Antica and bitters, this festive drink is ideal for toasting to happy occasions and sipping on chilling nights. The Hotel del Coronado is known for making magic during the holidays with ice skating by the sea, a winter wonderland of DELights, and a two-story christmas tree.  Kettner Exchange – Tequila for ChristmasKettner Exchange is embracing the cooler temperatures with a new seasonal cocktail menu. Cocktails include Tequila for Christmas, mixed with Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Pineapple, Lemon, Orgeat and Pomegranate. Tidal Craft & Catch – Orchard Martini Perched where land meets sea on the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay, Tidal is a restaurant that offers a thoughtful dining selection of local seafood and craft beverages that, like the ever changing tides, shift seasonally at Mother Nature’s whim. The Orchard Martini has Titos vodka, Carpano Antica vermouth, apple puree, cinnamon vanilla syrup and lemon juice with cinnamon stick garnish. 

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