Raise a Glass and Toast to the Season with These Festive Holiday Cocktails, Available at Local Restaurants
Last Drop Ornamentini
- Purity Vodka—51 times distilled
- Fresh lemon juice
- House-made cranberry, cinnamon and orange syrup
- Served with a crystallized cranberry rim
“Beyond the wildly imaginative presentation and pour, the house-made syrup combines traditional holiday flavors (cranberry, orange and cinnamon) that are perfectly balanced with the Purity Vodka and fresh lemon juice to create a smooth and refreshing martini. Holiday cocktails often lean towards super sweet peppermint drinks or nightcaps, so we wanted to create a cocktail that started the evening with a surprise and was satisfying to the last drop,” says Jon Dils, LON’s general manager.
$14 at LON’s and LON’s Last Drop
- White chocolate liquor
- Sweet Cream
- Served in a coconut-rimmed martini glass
“Besides it being delicious, living in the desert, this drink is a vision of winters past. Snow and icicles hanging from the roof, making everything magical,” says Chef Marcellino Verzino, owner, Marcellino Ristorante.
Available through Feb. 29, 2020
$15 at Marcellino Ristorante
- Tito’s Vodka
- Kerrygold Irish Cream
- Licor 43
- Served in a martini glass garnished with a cinnamon and sugar graham cracker rim
“It is like a winter day in the glass. It warms you from the inside out, similar to a memory of holidays with your loved ones. With Kerrygold, Tito’s, Licor 43 and Kahlua… what says holiday cheer more than that!” says Robbi Jo Oliver, sr. director wine & spirits/training, Mastro’s Restaurants.
Available through Dec. 31.
$22 at Mastro’s Restaurants
- Spiced strawberry
- Red wine
- Sparkling wine
“This drink has intrigue; the flavor profiles of the wine along with the Pimm’s make it a real treat to look at and savor,” says Jim Gallen, food and beverage manager, Mountain Shadows.
Available through Dec. 31
$14 at Mountain Shadows
- Mezcal Carreno Tobala
- Borghetti liqueur
- Nitro Irish Cream with chestnut
- Steamed milk
- Fresh-brewed espresso
“It’s not common to find mezcal in a holiday cocktail; I wanted to take some traditional holiday flavors and infuse them with something unexpected, which the smoky spirit definitely adds, balanced out by the Cointreau,” says PJ Baron, beverage ambassador, Hotel Valley Ho.
Available through Jan. 2, 2020
$16 at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Nitro Cold Brew Mexican Iced Coffee
- House-made, cinnamon-infused tequila
- House-made nitro cold brew
- Soft whip vanilla bean foam
“It’s a great holiday cocktail because it’s reminiscent of the season’s desserts and flavors,” says Kevin Vickers, director of beverage, The Mission Restaurants.
Available through the winter
$13 at The Mission
- Sparkling Rosé
- Raspberry St. George
“Our house-made Pomegranate syrup gives this cocktail the perfect amount of tart but sweet,” says Stevie Raeann, bar lead, FLINT by Baltaire.
Available through the winter
$12 at FLINT by Baltaire