Though we likely won’t have a white Christmas, the temps are plummeting, and the air has a cold, crisp bite certain to usher in the holiday season. While there no shortage of ways to keep toasty, in Alpharetta, we prefer to warm ourselves up from the inside out. Enter a variety of seasonal cocktails and mocktails that offer up warming spices and yuletide flavors so good they’re downright glow-inducing.
1. MADE Kitchen – Health, Happiness, & Prosperity
Talk about good tidings! This seasonal spin on the traditional Manhattan starts with Larceny Bourbon, Hoodoo Chicory Liquor, and coffee bean for a boozy kick to help you refocus your energy from all that budget-making and standing in endless register lines during the holiday shopping hoopla.
2. The El Felix – Vampire Weekend
Ever wonder why Santa’s nose is a little flush? We can’t be sure, but it might just be that he sipped this Kraken Spiced Rum and Horchata nutmeg-cinnamon situation with his Christmas cookies. Merry and bright, indeed.
3. Campania – Blackberry Sage Smash
Oaky vanilla and a hint of pepper set the stage for this rye whiskey wonder. It’s strong and smooth, like a majestic reindeer coursing across the night sky. Too many of these booze-forward babies and you may swear you see Rudolph!
4. Village Tavern – Apple Knocker
For anyone who loves an apple pie for its nostalgia and cozy warming spices, this seasonal treat is the grown-up take on a classic dessert table staple. It starts with Knob Creek Bourbon, then moves into winter wonderland territory with Apricot Brandy, Crisp Green Apple Liqueur, and a splash of effervescent ginger beer.
5. True Food Kitchen – Sparkling Antioxidant Tea Refresher
When you need something more flavorful than water but less—shall we say—potent than a cocktail, the array of non-alcoholic Refreshers at True Food Kitchen is ideal for quenching your thirst. The holidays are no time to catch a cold, which is why the Sparkling Antioxidant Tea Refresher with its organic green tea, fresh pomegranate, and butterfly pea flower is the perfect way to keep your immune system in fighting shape!
6. Oak Steakhouse – Shine On
During the hustle bustle of the holidays, brunch can be followed with oh-so-many errands, meaning you don’t want to compromise your energy with a bloody mary or mimosa. One of our fave brunch locations, Oak Steakhouse, has an awesome alternative to the AM cocktail, the Shine On. With earthy sweetness from beet juice (not to mention TONS of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, and iron!) along with ginger beer, lime juice, and freshly muddled basil, this stomach-soothing beverage is an excellent complement to everything from waffles to huevos rancheros.
Looking to get your very merry shop on in Alpharetta?! With so many boutiques, stores, and specialty shops, we suspect you’re going to need a full weekend dedicated to discovering the perfect gifts for every member of your squad. And with so many holiday happenings in Alpharetta, why not stay the weekend? Check out our list of cozy accommodations here to start planning your escape to Alpharetta!