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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4095
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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

2. Anvil Bar & Refuge

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1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622
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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

3. Weights + Measures

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2808 Caroline St Ste 101
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 654-1970
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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

4. Raven Tower

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310 North St
Houston, TX 77009
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

5. SaltAir Seafood Kitchen

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3029 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 521-3333
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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

6. Revolve Kitchen + Bar

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2525 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 961-3000
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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

7. 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

8. The Westin at The Woodlands

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2 Waterway Square Pl
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 419-4300
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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

9. State of Grace

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3256 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 942-5080
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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.

10. State Fare

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947 Gessner Rd Ste B190
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 831-0950
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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

11. Stone's Throw

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1417 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 659-0265
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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.
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12. Beaver's

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2310 Decatur St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-2328
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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

1. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
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.
3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

2. Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
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.
1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

3. Weights + Measures

2808 Caroline St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77004
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?
2808 Caroline St Ste 101
Houston, TX 77004

4. Raven Tower

310 North St, Houston, TX 77009
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.
310 North St
Houston, TX 77009

5. SaltAir Seafood Kitchen

3029 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
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.
3029 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

6. Revolve Kitchen + Bar

2525 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
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.
2525 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027

7. Rouge Wine Bar

Houston, TX
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.

8. The Westin at The Woodlands

2 Waterway Square Pl, The Woodlands, TX 77380
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.
2 Waterway Square Pl
The Woodlands, TX 77380

9. State of Grace

3256 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
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.
3256 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

10. State Fare

947 Gessner Rd Ste B190, Houston, TX 77024
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.
947 Gessner Rd Ste B190
Houston, TX 77024

11. Stone's Throw

1417 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Becca Wright
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.
1417 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

12. Beaver's

2310 Decatur St, Houston, TX 77007
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.
2310 Decatur St
Houston, TX 77007

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