Festive spirits at local bars to cheer in the holidays

From cranberry margaritas to chai-spiced rum drinks and fall apple cocktails, local mixologists are shaking things up for the Christmas holidays. Here’s a look at this season’s most creative cocktails at local bars and restaurants.

Sippin’ Santa

Polite Provisions hosts San Diego’s only 2018 Miracle Pop-Up, today through Dec. 31. More than 80 bars nationwide will serve Miracle’s seasonal cocktails in festive glassware co-developed by tiki bar legend Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. Ten percent of glassware sales benefit Action Against Hunger. One of this year’s new Miracle cocktails is the Sippin’ Santa, made with aged Demerara rum, Averna liqueur, lemon juice, orange juice and gingerbread mix. politeprovisions.com

Rompope Oaxaqueña

Puesto’s seasonal mezcal cocktail is made with housemade eggnog, pinole (a Mexican drink made from roasted corn and cinnamon), and Yuu Baal Anejo mezcal. eatpuesto.com

Rye & Pie

Herb & Wood’s festive fall cocktail is made with rye, Calvados (an apple cognac), roasted apple sugar syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and Herbsaint anise liqueur. herbandwood.com


Waterbar’s holiday craft cocktail combines Cazadores Reposado, dry curacao, cinnamon-spiced syrup, apple juice and lemon juice. waterbarsd.com


Barbusa’s fall flavors cocktail is made with chai-spiced rum, coconut cream, cinnamon honey simple syrup, cardamom bitters and nutmeg. barbusa.com

Campfire Sling

Water Grill’s smoky cocktail has all the flavors of fall. Rye whiskey is mixed with pure maple syrup and chocolate bitters, poured over block ice with scorched orange oil. watergrill.com/wgsd/home.html

Dad Ate the Cookies

Bankers Hill + Bar lead bartender Colin Berger crafted this holiday mixup of rye whiskey, lemon juice, orgeat and cassis topped with house-made cookie whip. bankershillsd.com

’Tis the Season

Farmer & the Seahorse and Green Acre present this festive sparkler made with Malahat spiced rum mixed with cinnamon, cloves and Austrian Bailoni apricot liqueur, then shaken and topped with Spanish Cava and a flamed orange twist. thealexandria.com/farmer-the-seahorse greenacresd.com

Spiced Negroni

Maestoso gives the classic Italian wine cocktail a twist with sweet vermouth, Moscato d’Asti sparkling wine, bitters and an allspice syrup. maestoso.com

Caribbean Autumn

Cloak & Petal’s tiki-meets-Japan seasonal cocktail is made with Malahat spice rum, demerara syrup, lime juice, cashew milk and Peychaud’s bitters. cloakandpetal.com

Fireside Coffee

Wood Ranch warms up the holidays with this creamy update on a classic with hot coffee, an ice cream base, Kahlua, RumChata and Bailey’s Irish Cream. woodranch.com

Washington St. Hot Cider

Farmer’s Bottega’s heartwarming holiday cocktail combines Bärenjäger Honey Bourbon, apple cider, Greenbar Apple Bitters and fresh lemon. farmersbottega.com

Busy Bee

Get ready for Black Friday shopping with Union Kitchen & Tap winter warmup, made with rye, tamarind, honey and infused red wine. localunion101.com

Spiced Coldchata

Pacific Beach AleHouse’s seasonal cocktail mixes cold-brew coffee, horchata extract and Jägermeister, garnished with a cinnamon stick. pbalehouse.com

Toki Old Fashioned

The Smoking Gun’s winter fireside drink is made with Toki Japanese whiskey, blood orange Rossa Amara liqueur and black walnut bitters. thesmokinggunsd.com

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Farmer’s Table celebrates the fall harvest with a shot of bourbon, a dash of chocolate bitters, a dash of cold-pressed apple, a dash of maple, one frozen nitro coffee ice cube and a mini Calvados Apple garnish. myfarmerstable.com

CranMerry Margarita

Del Sur Mexican Cantina gives thanks for this seasonal cocktail made with blanco tequila, orange and lime juices, homemade cranberry jam, five-spice rum and a spring of mint. delsurmexicancantina.com

Blackberry Thyme

Amici’s Ristobar will toast the new year with this sparkling cocktail made with Chambord Da Luca Prosecco, blackberries, and thyme in a brown-sugar-rimmed champagne flute. amicisristobar.com

Bour-bin’ for Apples

This fall drink from 20/Twenty Grill restaurant is made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, a homemade apple-spiced shrub, club soda, cinnamon and apple garnish. 20twentygrill.com

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