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6 Must Drink Holiday Cocktails

Plus a DIY cocktail ready for your next holiday party

It only took until the end of November, but it finally feels like the seasons have shifted in Colorado. With snow lacing the mountain tops and chilly evenings on the horizon, we’ve found that the best way to ease into the colder months is with a little help from our friends (aka alcohol). Cozy up with these unique winter cocktail creations from Denver’s finest restaurants and bars. 

The Nickel

Boozy Hot Chocolate | Photo Courtesy of The Nickel

Nothing says cozy winter nights like hot chocolate. Stop over at The Study—adjacent to The Nickel {1100 14th Street; 720.889.2128} located inside Hotel Teatro—for their newly minted Fireside Cocktail Menu. We recommend partaking in the rotating Boozy Hot Chocolate showcasing flavors such as the s’mores-infused whiskey and the spiced Mexican hot chocolate. Post up in a comfortable leather chair and find your happy. 

The Way Back

Perfect Irish Coffee | Photo courtesy of The Way Back

Regardless of the weather, Coloradans always love a good patio. The Way Back {4132 West 38th Avenue; 720.728.8156} recently opened its newly winterized patio, complete with fire pits and a lineup of soul warming cocktails. Order up the whiskey-forward Perfect Irish Coffee, and snag a custom-made blanket, crafted specifically for the outdoor patio, made by Berkley Supply.

Crimson Room

Body and Soul cocktail | Photo courtesy of the Crimson Room

The speakeasy-styled joint, the Crimson Room {1403 Larimer Street;  720.639.6987}, has revealed a slew of new cocktails geared for the winter weather. For a drink that replicates that ever so familiar winter chill, we recommend The Body and Soul made with vanilla vodka, chocolate liquor, cream, and cherry juice, frozen with liquid nitrogen, and topped with a hazelnut biscotti. Want a chance to make these cocktails yourself? Pop in for their monthly class on Friday, December 6, and shake up two specialty cocktails perfect for the coming holiday. Find out more about the class here.

The Corner Office

Photo courtesy of The Corner Office

Dreaming of warmer times? Picture yourself beachside with the Amity Island from The Corner Office {1401 Curtis Street, Denver; 303.825.6500} crafted with Rhum J.M., Ron Zacapa, Lemongrass, and ginger, finished with a dash of lime and curry. Of course, patrons can also find comforts in the classics such as the Smoked Old Fashioned with Knob Creek Rye, Laphroaig 10 Year, raw simple syrup, and smoked cedar.


Photo courtesy of Eureka!

What makes gingerbread better? Booze! The folks of Eureka! {1048 Pearl Street} have crafted a cocktail perfect for winter with the Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned, made with Old Overholt Rye Whiskey and Gingerbread syrup garnished with candied ginger. Eurkea! is clearly taking gingerbread houses to a new level …


Photo courtesy of Beyond the Pines

Warm up at Latigo {2229 Blake Street Denver; 303.537.7682} with their Hot Smoked Horchata. Crafted with warm horchata and mezcal, finished with whip cream and chunks of chocolate, we recommend sipping slowly to ease your bones. Want to make your own holiday horchata? Follow this recipe from Latigo bartender, Schafer Pennington:

Hot Smoked Horchata from Latigo

In a skillet, heat up 6 ounces of horchata until warm and set aside. Add 3/4 ounces of Montelobos mezcal and 1/4 ounce Tuaca vanilla liquor into a mug and stir before adding the horchata. Top with whipped cream, chunks of dark chocolate, and powdered cinnamon. Drizzle 1/4 ounce of Patrón XO Cafe Incendio and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

By Morgan Carter, Editor