'Tis the season to be jolly, in more ways than one. Winter is in full swing and the holiday season upon us. Take a break from gift shopping and stocking stuffing and instead, find some shelter from the cold to nurse a holiday libation. We've rounded up the city's five best holiday drinks.
Gingerbread Flip, Burritt Room + Tavern
After a long afternoon of shopping in Union Square, kick up your feet at Burritt Room + Tavern in the Mystic Hotel and treat yourself to the Gingerbread Flip. Head bartender Josh Trabulsi has concocted a toasty, winter mix of Laird's Applejack, Germain-Robin Craft Method Brandy, brown sugar syrup and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, with egg, muddled ginger root, nutmeg, cinnamon, and an octagonal ginger snap cookie for garnish. Why settle for gingerbread men when you can have gingerbread booze?
417 Stockton Street, 400-0561
Mrs. Claus-tini, Eclipse Lounge
This winter, after a few hours ice-skating at the Embarcadero Center holiday rink, stop at the Hyatt Regency for happy hour between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. for a seasonal cocktail. Eclipse Lounge offers a variety of fun, festive cocktails like the Naughty Elf, Blitzen Cider, and Peppermint Hot Chocolate. We recommend Mrs. Claus-tini, an indulgent blend of Absolut Vanilla, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and crème de cacao on ice, with a lime wedge garnish. Why should Santa have all the fun?
5 Embarcadero Center, 788-1234
Hot Chocolate No. 5, Jardiniere
If your mom has her sights set on Chanel's fragrance this holiday season, treat her to Jardiniere's warm drink with the same name -- it smells just as good and is a lot more affordable. The Hot Chocolate No. 5 at Hayes Valley's French restaurant is a cozy mug of melted Michel Cluizel chocolate, cream and a hint of cayenne pepper for an extra punch. Enjoy the rich hot chocolate with churros and dulce de leche, and whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we recommend mixing in a touch of Clase Azul Reposado Tequila.
300 Grove St, 861-5555
Santa's Suckerpunch, 15 Romolo
We expect no less from North Beach's 15 Romolo than cocktail with a name as cheeky as the drink is bold. Santa's Suckerpunch blends Old Grand-Dad bourbon with Aperol aperitif, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, lemon, and bitters. After downing just a couple of these Suckerpunches, old St. Nick would be red in the face -- and so will you.
15 Romolo Place, 398-1359
Tugboat Eggnog, Southpaw BBQ & Southern Cooking
Enjoy a meal of southern barbeque with a side of cheer at Southpaw in the Mission. The off-menu Tugboat Eggnog is a house-made blend of spiced milk, egg and syrup, spiked with George Dickle whiskey, Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira almond liqueur and Sailor Jerry rum, garnished with a sprinkle of freshly ground nutmeg. This seasonal cocktail is pretty much a miracle on Mission Street.
2170 Mission St, 934-9300