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16 Dallas Holiday Cocktails You Must Try Now

Autumn Leaves at Victor Tangos (photography by Matthew Shelley)

I spent the last week researching bars serving up holiday cocktails in Big D. Then photographer Matthew Shelley and I made our way around town to give them a look and a taste. Here’s our toast to our new favorite holiday-inspired cocktails. Cheers.

Black Swan Saloon's Pecan Pie Flip

VICTOR TANGOS
Order: Autumn Leaves
What is it?: A whiskey drink with orange and mint notes
Ingredients:
Rye Whiskey
Allspice Dram
Green Chartreuse
Simple Syrup
Angostura and Peychaud Bitters
Flamed orange disk
Mint sprig
Tastes like: Our favorite new drink. The caramelized orange and crushed mint that top the drink create an olfactory experience as delightful as drinking the spiced whiskey mix.

BLACK SWAN SALOON
Order: Pecan Pie Flip
What is it?: Pecan-infused bourbon martini
Ingredients:
Pecan, vanilla bean, and chamomile-infused bourbon
Drizzle of maple syrup
Heavy whipping cream
Whole egg
Tastes like: What pecan pie should be: creamy, sweet, nutty, and buzz-producing. It also happens to be the cocktail that inspired the creation of this list.

Mulled Wine and Homemade Eggnog available at BlackFriar Pub, Idle Rich Pub, and The Old Monk in Dallas (photography by Matthew Shelley)

BLACKFRIAR PUB, IDLE RICH PUB, and THE OLD MONK
Order: Mulled Wine
What is it?: Spiced wine, served warm
Ingredients:
Red wine
Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange flavors
Carmelized sugar
Tastes like: You should be in front of a fireplace on a bearskin rug. It soothed away all our cares. (Including work, sorry boss.)

BLACKFRIAR PUB, IDLE RICH PUB, and THE OLD MONK
Order: Eggnog, available starting December 10
What is it?: Eggnog made from scratch
Ingredients:
Secret eggnog recipe
House-spiced rum made at sister bar Renfield’s Corner
Tastes like: Heaven. The consistency is spot-on: not too thin, not too thick. The rum complements the eggnog without destroying the creamy flavor.

The Boston Warmer and Dutch Leaf cocktails at The People's Last Stand (photography by Matthew Shelley)

THE PEOPLE’S LAST STAND
Order: Boston Warmer
What is it?: Warm, rum-spiked drink
Ingredients:
Courvoisier
Rum
Hibiscus tea syrup
Lemon juice
Hot water
Tastes like: Tea for grown-ups with discerning palettes.

Order: Dutch Leaf
What is it?: Spiced gin martini
Ingredients:
Gin
Ginger liquor
Allspice Dram
Simple syrup
Coffee beans
Nutmeg
Tastes like: Christmas in a martini glass.

Things That Make You Go Hum and the Holiday Dark and Stormy at Private Social (photography by Matthew Shelley)

PRIVATE SOCIAL
Order: Things That Make You Go Hum
What is it?: A botanical-flavored concoction with absinthe
Ingredients:
Hum Liqueur
Strega Liqueur
Absinthe
Demerara simply syrup
Lemon juice
Tastes like: We’ll try to explain the flavor—sweet, floral, spicy, citrusy, exotic—but you’re better off just trying it yourself. Bartender Rocco Milano describes it best as a “culinary experience in a glass.”

Order: Holiday Dark and Stormy
What is it?: A festive twist on the classic rum and ginger beer drink
Ingredients:
Rum
House-made ginger beer
Vanilla simple syrup
All Spice Dram
Tastes like: The original, but better, richer, warmer, and with a manly kick.

Rum Diary and Rum Cocoa at Pyramid Bar (photography by Matthew Shelley)

PYRAMID BAR
Order: Rum Diary
What is it?: Twist on the Hot Toddy
Ingredients:
Dark rum
Spicy orange bitters
Sugar
Steamed pineapple juice
Star anise pod
Tastes like: Fall. The orange bitters, pineapple, and aromatic experience of the star anise, all warmed, are cozy.

Order: Rompope Hot Cocoa
What is it?: A fusion of eggnog and hot chocolate, spiked
Ingredients:
Santa Clara Rompope Mexican eggnog
10 Cane Rum
Hot cocoa
Tastes like: Eggnog and hot chocolate. But better because it’ll get you buzzed.

Peppermint Crush from J. Black's and Candy Cane Martini at Primebar in Dallas (photography by Matthew Shelley)

J. BLACK’S
Order: Peppermint Crush
What is it?: Grown-up hot chocolate
Ingredients:
Hot cocoa
Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Rumple Minze
Whipped cream
Crushed peppermint
Tastes like: A drink made in adult Candy Land. It’s the perfect balance of alcohol and dessert flavor.

PRIMEBAR
Order up the: Candy Cane Martini
What is it?: Peppermint martini
Ingredients:
Vanilla vodka
Godiva white chocolate liqueur
Rumple Minze
Candy cane
Tastes like: Minty milk

Smoke Forbids from Cedars Social and the Cajun Christmas Shot at Hotel ZaZa's Dragonfly (photography by Matthew Shelley)

CEDARS SOCIAL
Order: Smoke Forbids
What is it?: Tequila concoction atop a house-smoked ice cube
Ingredients:
Blanco tequila
Vermouth
Agave nectar
Spicy bitters
Applewood-cured ice cubes
Lemon zest
Tastes like: A tequila drink to start but melts into a smoky medley.

DRAGONFLY AT HOTEL ZAZA
Order: Cajun Christmas Shot
What is it?: Sweet-but-peppery shooter
Ingredients:
Southern Comfort Firey Pepper
Cherry Heering liqueur
Lime juice
House-made almond simple syrup
Tastes like: Cherry limeade with a peppery kick.

Mochatini from Eddie V's and It's a Wonderful Life from Charlie Palmer at the Joule (photography by Matthew Shelley)

EDDIE V’S
Order: Mochatini
What is it?: Chocolate coffee-flavored martini
Ingredients:
Stoli vanilla
Godiva chocolate liqueur
Espresso
Tastes like: Alcoholic Starbucks without the cavity-inducing sugar rush.

CHARLIE PALMER AT THE JOULE
Order: Forbidden Fruit
What is it?: A pomegranate and acaí “wellness” martini
Ingredients:
Veev Acaí
Pomegranate juice
Aperitivo Americano
Cranberry juice
Simple Syrup
Tastes like: Juice. We could chug this fruity confection all day long. (But that would be dangerous.)

Update: Pyramid Bar’s chocolate drink is called Rompope Hot Cocoa, not Rum Cocoa.

13 comments on “16 Dallas Holiday Cocktails You Must Try Now

  1. Not one of these had Fireball Cinnamon Whisky in their recipes! I don’t know about anyone else but when I think winter and/or Christmas I think cinnamon!

  2. I’d like to add The Scarf Dancer at The Marquee Grill. It’s almost too pretty to drink. Well, almost.
    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 oz titos vodka
    1 oz St Germain.
    3/4 oz lemon juice
    3/4 oz black currant purée

    Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon peel “scarf”.–Jason Kosmas

  3. I agree with joshua – Fireball is in all of my Christmas drinks at home – cider, eggnog, hot chocolate. I was looking for it on this list, too. I know J. Black’s keeps it in the freezer, so maybe I’ll try one of their drinks and get a Fireball on the side!

  4. I tried the Cajun Christmas shot and the So Co Firey in it reminded me of the Fireball I had in Austin only it was more peppery. Really good shot! :)

  5. CHRISTMAS MILK is a new Eggnog and it is local ! It is soooo good just plain or in coffee or with some rum ! It is sold at alot of Krogers ! Platia Greek Kouzina sells it too! Dallas Omni hotel (Bar) and many more. Look it up on http://www.christmasmilk.com

  6. Had a cocktail tonight called ‘War Horse’ at Marquee. The name – not so holiday inspired – but the drink just oozed of the season! Calvados, apple cider, lemon, something, something… Anyway, it was A-MAZ-ING!!!

  7. Buffalo in the Woods at Campo would fall into the seasonal category….pine, pear, bourbon

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