8 Glasses of Holiday Cheer

By Megan Giller  |  November 27, 2013

If our rib-sticking comfort-food roundup wasn't enough to keep you warm, it might be time to turn to something a little stronger. Here are eight cocktails to cozy up to this season.

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    Leche de La Madre at Lucy’s Fried Chicken

    Think El Jimador Silver, Laird’s Applejack, horchata, apple cider and cinnamon. Even better: get it at two locations, the Lucy’s off South Congress or the newly opened locale on North Burnet Road, in the old Austin Diner location.

    Multiple locations

  • Cat’s Pajamas at Drink.Well

    This winter the craft cocktail bar on North Loop is serving up a blend of Four Roses single-barrel bourbon, sherry, Cynar and five-spice bitters, and topping it with apple slices. We highly recommend grabbing a burger or spicy Reuben sandwich while you’re here too.

    207 E. 53rd St.; 512-614-6683

  • Bourbon Milkshake at Jack Allen’s Kitchen

    The crew at this South Austin locale calls this drink “eggnog on steroids,” and we can see why. It mixes milk, bourbon, vanilla, simple syrup, nutmeg and key ingredient Amy’s Mexican Vanilla ice cream to create the ultimate holiday treat.

    7720 W. Highway 71; 512-852-8558

  • Calvados Milk Punch at Second Bar

    Genius mixologist Jason Stevens is whipping up a special version of their desserty milk punch for the holidays. Better than eggnog or a White Russian, this one features Daron Calvados Fine Pays d'Auge, milk, simple syrup and cinnamon. But you’ll have to wait a bit to enjoy it, since it doesn’t premiere on the menu until the week after Thanksgiving.

    200 Congress Ave.; 512-827-2750

  • Fernet About It at Parkside 

    Enough with the milkshakes and hot chocolate. For a classy, boozy cocktail, go with this drink from chef Shawn Cirkiel’s downtown restaurant. The Bulleit rye, Fernet Branca, ginger liqueur and flamed orange peel will warm you up right away.

    301 E. Sixth St.; 512-474-9898

  • Goji Soothsayer at JuiceLand 

    You don’t need the hard stuff to make a good cocktail. Try this non-alcoholic hot drink from the popular juice bar, which has just launched a whole menu of hot beverages as well as announced that they’re opening a sixth store on Cesar Chavez on Dec. 1. This drink boasts goji berries, almonds, coconut oil, vanilla and agave for the perfect superfood boost around the holidays.

    2307 Lake Austin Blvd.; 512-628-0782

  • Stinger at Peche 

    As owner Rob Pate says, “It doesn’t get more Christmas than mint.” Go for the old-school classic at this retro Prohibition-style bistro, with equal parts brandy and crème de menthe.

    208 W. Fourth St.; 512-494-4011

  • Bess Toddy at Bess Bistro

    Citrus and cinnamon come together in this holiday cocktail at Sandra Bullock’s West Sixth Street locale. Knob Creek whiskey, local Good Flow honey, fresh lemon and orange peels, and a cinnamon stick get a splash of hot water to warm things up.

    500 W. Sixth St.; 512-477-2377