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Dallas' Best Yuletide-Inspired Cocktails

From spiked eggnog to bad Santa's, Dallas bars are giving you a great reason to bust out your ugly Christmas sweater this holiday season.

Posted on Dec 4, 2019 By Jennifer Simonson

It's December in Dallas, otherwise known as the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" If you're having trouble getting into the Christmas Spirit, don't fret. Bartenders across the Big D are tuning into their inner Saint Nick to create fun drinks sure to bring Christmas Cheer. Here are a few of our favorite holiday cocktails to sip this December.

Bad Santa at Hide
Deep Ellum
2816 Elm St.

In case you haven't heard, Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up bar that celebrates the most wonderful time of year with gusto. Kitschy holiday decor, specialty cocktails and nostalgic vibes (think A Christmas Story with fun cocktails) will surely knock out your inner Grinch. Greg Boehm launched the concept in 2014, and today the seasonal bar pops up at more than 90 locations around the world. Deep Ellum's Hide bar will host the only Miracle pop up in Dallas. On a cold winter night stop by for a Bad Santa and let the rum, black chai tea with date-infused oat milk warm you up. They also serve naughty and nice shots – you choose which one you think you deserve, but remember Santa knows the truth.

Eggnog at Billy Can Can
Victory Park
2386 Victory Park Ln.

This is not your grandmother's spiked milk punch. The Victory Park steakhouse uses not one, not two, but five liquors in its saloon-made eggnog. The chef will not reveal the drink's secret recipe, but we do know any combination of five liquors along with a dash of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg will put you in a celebratory mood.  After a few of these you'll be able to handle anything the holidays throw your way.

Christmas Eve of Destruction at Tiny Victories
Oak Cliff
604 N Tyler St.

Sippin Santa - another holiday themed pop-up bar - will be transforming Oak Cliff's cozy Tiny Victories bar into a Christmas-styled Polynesian paradise. The menu of tiki cocktails includes the Kris Kringle Colada, the Festivas Flip and the Jingle Bowl. Our favorite is the Christmas Eve of Destruction.  The name alone is reason to order it, but if you need any more incentive, the rum and nutmeg cocktail is served in a glass with a shirtless, surfing Santa on it.

Sweater Weather at Lounge Here
East Dallas
9028 Garland Rd.

This swanky neighborhood joint is known for its craft cocktails, so it's no surprise that bartenders are crafting cocktails sure to evoke visions of dancing sugar plums. Sweater Weather might be their breakout cocktail this holiday season. Bartenders starts with three rums - Hamilton Demerara River Rum, El Ron Prohibido and Flor de Cana 4 - then add vanilla, orange zest and fig syrup before ending with a pinch of rosemary to boast holiday flavors.

Jiminy Cricket at Harlowe MXM
Deep Ellum
2823 Main St.

Deep Ellum's massive rooftop patio and dining compound Harlowe MXM will be serving Christmas drinks in addition to their always popular frozen drinks and margs. Those with a soft spot for all things mint-chocolate chip should try the Jiminy Cricket. Made with gin, Creme De Menthe, Creme De Cacao and candied green Chartreuse, the drink is served perfectly with one of the best views of Downtown Dallas.

Spiced Hot Cocoa at Toller Patio
East Dallas
3675 Ross Ave.

If you want to get your dog in on the holiday action, take the pup to Toller Patio. The dog-friendly patio bar's "desert chic" theme does not evoke winter wonderland per say, but they do serve some mean hot drinks to keep you warm on a chilly evening. While the warm apple cider and an orange pekoe black tea toddy are good, the spiced hot cocoa is where it's at. Enjoy it sans alcohol or ask the bartender to spike it with some cinnamon tequila or aged rum.


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