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10 Holiday Cocktails in Philadelphia 

‘Tis the season for creatively crafted cocktails. Philadelphia area restaurants are featuring mixed drinks with the flavors and spirit(s) of the season. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, I’ve compiled some of the cheerier and inventive tipples on bar menus right now. Cheers!


 1. The Naughty Elf

Sonesta Hotel
1800 Market Street
(Rittenhouse Square)

The Naughty Elf at ARTBAR


  • 1 oz. Rumple Minze
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico
  • ¾ oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • Splash of Cream
  • Splash of Grenadine

ARTBAR’s Mixologist Bud Hamman says, "Blending together peppermint and white chocolate liqueurs, the naughty elf is everyone's favorite liquid candy cane, perfect to serve at your holiday gathering."

2. Thyme After Thyme

The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
(Headhouse Square)

Thyme After Thyme at The Twisted Tail


  • 1.5 oz. Cranberry Infused Gin (fresh cranberries steeped into gin for 4-5 days)
  • 75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Lemon Puree
  • .5 oz. Ginger Liqueur
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • Garnish: Fresh Cranberries

The Twisted Tail’s owner, George Reilly, says, “This cocktail is nice and seasonal, relevant and appropriate for Thanksgiving or Christmas because of the addition of cranberries. Every ingredient in Thyme after Thyme blends well together and pairs perfectly with the flavors of the season.” 

3. Beer'd Nog

Flying Fish Crafthouse
1363 North 31st Street

Beer'd Nog at Flying Fish Crafthouse


  • Duffified Egg Nog
  • Exit 4 American Triple
  • Bulliet Bourbon
  • Milled Brewers Malt
  • Chinese Five Spice

The Flying Fish Crafthouse, a new brewpub which will debut in early December, will offer beer infused cocktails on the bar menu. Chef Brian Duffy, one of the owners of the urban American restaurant in the heart of the burgeoning Brewerytown section of the city, will have an active role in both the food and bar menus. He says, "The only thing that feels better in your belly on a cold winter day than eggnog is FFCH's legendary Beer'dNog. Using beer in cocktails is an age old tradition in the US & we like to push the envelope."

4. Lion's Coffee

The Little Lion
243 Chestnut Street
(Old City)

Lion's Coffee at The Little Lion


  • Fresh ground coffee from Philadelphia local roaster Peddler Coffee
  • Jameson Whiskey
  • Brown Sugar Syrup
  • Cappuccino foam with a burnt sugar crust

The Little Lion’s Owner Chris Younge says, “With the cooler weather coming our way, the Lion's Coffee will warm up those Old City winter nights!” 

5. Winter Shandy

XIX Nineteen
Hyatt at the Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets
(Center City)

Winter Shandy at XIX Nineteen (Hyatt at the Bellevue)


  • Cinnamon Vodka
  • Philadelphia Brewing Company Kenzinger Beer
  • Lemon Juice
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider
  • Ginger Beer
  • Topped with an apple slice

XIX Nineteen Lounge is located on the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue with stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline. True to the name of the bar, the new winter cocktail menu features 19 cocktails! Stylish and inviting, the bar features rich chocolate-colored leather booths hidden in alcoves, works of local artists adorning the wall and cushioned, high-backed chairs and leather furnishings scattered throughout as well as a warm fireplace – a perfect place to curl up during the cold winter months!

6. Spiced Apple Martini

Tango Restaurant
39 Morris Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 

Spiced Apple Martini at Tango Restaurant


  • 3oz Apple Cinnamon Infused Vodka (Stoli Vodka with Gala and McIntosh Apples, cinnamon sticks, crushed nutmeg and a small amount of raw ginger)
  • 1/2oz Triple Sec
  • Splash Cranberry Juice
  • Cinnamon Stick Garnish

Tango’s Bar Manager Ed Geiger says, “This is a vast improvement from the traditional sour apple pucker!” 

7. The Smoking Bishop

Taproom on 19th
1900 Ritner Street
(South Philadelphia)

The Smoking Bishop at Taproom on 19th


  • Pinot noir
  • Port
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Cloves
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Star Anise
  • Other secret ingredients

Taproom on 19th’s Head Bartender Seamus Banning says, “The Smoking Bishop served warm is a version of mulled wine featuring many quintessentially favorite fall flavors in one tasty punch!”

8. Clove Gin

Revolution Chop House
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 1st Avenue
King of Prussia, PA

Clove Gin at Revolution Chop House


  • Bombay Sapphire East
  • Orange Bitters
  • Clove-infused syrup
  • Club soda

Designed by Steven Stein, Revolution Chop House’s Resident Mixologist, he says, “The Clove Gin shows off seasonality at the bar and pairs well with the big bold flavors of steaks and chops at the table.” 

9. First Batch

The Fine Palate
231 S. 15th Street
(Center City)

First Batch at The Fine Palate


  • Bourbon
  • Aperol
  • Citrus
  • Orange Bitters
  • House-made Ginger Syrup

The Fine Palate’s New Beverage Director Eric Stahl says, “This seasonal cocktail is the perfect aperitif to kick off our holiday offerings and new bar program. We’re thrilled to be showing off a new direction and chapter with a revamped bar menu that debuted a few weeks ago.” 

10. Merry Mint Martini

Avenue Kitchen
509 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Glen Mills, PA

Merry Mint Martini at Avenue Kitchen


  • 3 oz 360 degrees Double Chocolate Vodka
  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • 1.5 oz White Creme de Menthe
  • Chocolate rim, mint leaf & peppermint bark

Head Bartender of Avenue Kitchen Glen Mills Erin Redding says, "Mint is my first flavor that I think about when the holidays come. I wanted to do a fresh take on a chocolate martini, making it something that isn't just for dessert. This is light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness rather than cloying."

If you try any of these cocktails, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Comment below or let me know on social media. Visit my blog for even more holiday cocktails in Philly: https://phillygrub.wordpress.com.

The Twisted Tail
XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant
Tap Room On 19th
Revolution Chop House
Avenue Kitchen

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