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Stone's Throw is serving up an apple drink that no grown-up will be able to resist.
Stone's Throw is serving up an apple drink that no grown-up will be able to resist.
Becca Wright

12 Boozy & Festive Cocktails That Will Help You Get In The Holiday Spirit

'Tis the season for Rumple Minze spiked cocoa & mulled wine

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Stone's Throw is serving up an apple drink that no grown-up will be able to resist.
| Becca Wright

Maybe it's the traffic, the crazy weather, or perhaps you've got a case of the winter blues. Either way, you're not alone if you're not quite feeling the holiday spirit despite the fact that Christmas is just a few weeks away. Or perhaps you've already broken out the ugly sweaters and egg nog because you just can't wait to rip open presents after Santa arrives.

Either way, you're going to need plenty of booze to fortify you throughout the holiday season, and there's plenty of great holiday cocktails to be had in Houston. Whether you're looking for a simple cup of hot cocoa spiked with a hefty shot of peppermint schnapps or a more sophisticated holiday sip, these 12 Houston-area bars have a cocktail that will suit your cravings.

And maybe — just maybe — these festive and boozy libations will help beat back a little of the "bah humbug" that could be creeping up in the days before December 25th.

Is your favorite holiday libation missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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Coltivare co-owner Morgan Weber was so inspired by Clark Griswold’s commitment to eggnog on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that he took to the kitchen to develop a decidedly Southern spin. Order up this unique variation on the classic made with Mellow Corn whiskey, buttermilk, cream, house-made sorghum vinegar, house-made corn husk simple syrup and local yard eggs.
Coltivare

Anvil Bar & Refuge

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When former barista Alex Negranza got behind the bar two years ago he was challenged to develop “the best Irish coffee possible.” He preheats a Georgian glass and adds brown sugar and Colombian coffee from the region of Tolima that has natural notes of dark chocolate and baking spices and is brewed to a higher strength than normal so that the Red Breast 12 year single pot still Irish whiskey won’t over power its flavor. A float of turbinado and Benedictine-infused whipped cream garnished with fresh grated nutmeg completes the drink.
Alex Negranza

Weights + Measures

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Jameson Black Barrel Reserve is blended with dark chocolate, cream and salt in the Bad Santa, a potent party potion that makes a great accompaniment to happy hour gatherings – impromptu office party, anyone?
Weights + Measures

Raven Tower

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Visit this popular spot for K-Cup cocktails that are just a tad bit tacky and a whole lot of yum: simply purchase a $1 K-Cup in flavors like peppermint bark and nutty caramel, choose a liquor for $6-$8 including Crown Vanilla, Frangelico and Kahlua and then select a creamer of vanilla, caramel or half and half. Voila! A custom-creation all your own like the Spike Cocoa Mint with peppermint bark K-cup with Rumple Minze and hot cocoa.
Raven Tower

SaltAir Seafood Kitchen

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What could be more holiday than a green drink? Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac is shaken with a jasmine green tea syrup and Cointreau then served chilled in a coupe and garnished with an edible flower for a sophisticated sip that is still in keeping with the holiday theme.
Clark Cooper Concepts

Revolve Kitchen + Bar

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A room isn’t required to indulge at Revolve Kitchen + Bar, but after a few of these creamy, minty colorful cocktails you may wish to get one anyway.
Hotel Derek

Rouge Wine Bar

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This libation blends nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cloves with Pinot Noir, apple juice and brown sugar for a cozy take on mulled wine great for pairing with signature holiday desserts and a roaring fire.
Rouge Wine Bar

The Westin at The Woodlands

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Order up the Grogg, a blend of tea and spices that many claim to be a natural cold remedy to boot. This version ties together dried cranberries, dried apricots, brown sugar, an orange and a lemon plus seven different spices, Cana Brava Rum, and chai tea all married together and served warm.
Westin at The Woodlands

State of Grace

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What could be more fun than a cocktail of cranberry juice, grenadine, cava and pomegranate seeds? A cocktail glowing with edible glitter! It goes without saying this is the ultimate way to toast any holiday occasion.

State Fare

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If you're feeling a little under the weather, try the Apple a Day, a refreshing delight from Laurie Harvey made with honeycrisp infused apple vodka, fall spice, and lemon that’s cool, clean and just enough sweet. And it's probably healthy, too.
Julie Soefer

Stone's Throw

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Forget bottled hard ciders and grab a round or two of the cheekily-named Cidey Senses that pulls together bourbon, Appleton, ginger, simple syrup, cider and apple bitters topped with Sour Cherry Manischewitz foam. It’s so naughty you’ll want to be nice – and order one for your friends and your enemies too.
Becca Wright

Beaver's

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This riff on a flip utilizes Cruzan BlackStrap, an egg, coconut, Blue Heron Farm Cajeta (goat’s milk caramel) and Elisir Novasallus. The whole concoction is topped with stout for one remarkable sip.
Beaver's

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

Coltivare
Coltivare co-owner Morgan Weber was so inspired by Clark Griswold’s commitment to eggnog on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that he took to the kitchen to develop a decidedly Southern spin. Order up this unique variation on the classic made with Mellow Corn whiskey, buttermilk, cream, house-made sorghum vinegar, house-made corn husk simple syrup and local yard eggs.
Coltivare

Anvil Bar & Refuge

Alex Negranza
When former barista Alex Negranza got behind the bar two years ago he was challenged to develop “the best Irish coffee possible.” He preheats a Georgian glass and adds brown sugar and Colombian coffee from the region of Tolima that has natural notes of dark chocolate and baking spices and is brewed to a higher strength than normal so that the Red Breast 12 year single pot still Irish whiskey won’t over power its flavor. A float of turbinado and Benedictine-infused whipped cream garnished with fresh grated nutmeg completes the drink.
Alex Negranza

Weights + Measures

Weights + Measures
Jameson Black Barrel Reserve is blended with dark chocolate, cream and salt in the Bad Santa, a potent party potion that makes a great accompaniment to happy hour gatherings – impromptu office party, anyone?
Weights + Measures

Raven Tower

Raven Tower
Visit this popular spot for K-Cup cocktails that are just a tad bit tacky and a whole lot of yum: simply purchase a $1 K-Cup in flavors like peppermint bark and nutty caramel, choose a liquor for $6-$8 including Crown Vanilla, Frangelico and Kahlua and then select a creamer of vanilla, caramel or half and half. Voila! A custom-creation all your own like the Spike Cocoa Mint with peppermint bark K-cup with Rumple Minze and hot cocoa.
Raven Tower

SaltAir Seafood Kitchen

Clark Cooper Concepts
What could be more holiday than a green drink? Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac is shaken with a jasmine green tea syrup and Cointreau then served chilled in a coupe and garnished with an edible flower for a sophisticated sip that is still in keeping with the holiday theme.
Clark Cooper Concepts

Revolve Kitchen + Bar

Hotel Derek
A room isn’t required to indulge at Revolve Kitchen + Bar, but after a few of these creamy, minty colorful cocktails you may wish to get one anyway.
Hotel Derek

Rouge Wine Bar

Rouge Wine Bar
This libation blends nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cloves with Pinot Noir, apple juice and brown sugar for a cozy take on mulled wine great for pairing with signature holiday desserts and a roaring fire.
Rouge Wine Bar

The Westin at The Woodlands

Westin at The Woodlands
Order up the Grogg, a blend of tea and spices that many claim to be a natural cold remedy to boot. This version ties together dried cranberries, dried apricots, brown sugar, an orange and a lemon plus seven different spices, Cana Brava Rum, and chai tea all married together and served warm.
Westin at The Woodlands

State of Grace

What could be more fun than a cocktail of cranberry juice, grenadine, cava and pomegranate seeds? A cocktail glowing with edible glitter! It goes without saying this is the ultimate way to toast any holiday occasion.

State Fare

Julie Soefer
If you're feeling a little under the weather, try the Apple a Day, a refreshing delight from Laurie Harvey made with honeycrisp infused apple vodka, fall spice, and lemon that’s cool, clean and just enough sweet. And it's probably healthy, too.
Julie Soefer

Stone's Throw

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Forget bottled hard ciders and grab a round or two of the cheekily-named Cidey Senses that pulls together bourbon, Appleton, ginger, simple syrup, cider and apple bitters topped with Sour Cherry Manischewitz foam. It’s so naughty you’ll want to be nice – and order one for your friends and your enemies too.
Becca Wright

Beaver's

Beaver's
This riff on a flip utilizes Cruzan BlackStrap, an egg, coconut, Blue Heron Farm Cajeta (goat’s milk caramel) and Elisir Novasallus. The whole concoction is topped with stout for one remarkable sip.
Beaver's

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