‘Tis the season for feeling merry, cheering to the new year, and gathering up with friends, so what better way to celebrate the most festive season of all than sipping on some holiday-themed cocktails? From holiday pop-ups to specialty menus, Miami has been flooded with tons of jolly cocktail options. Check out some of our favorites! Salud!
1. Airmail, Miami Beach
The Miami Beach bar is getting into the holidays, offering two speciality cocktails to fully get you into the festive mood. Options include the Hanukkah inspired “Grasshopper in Paris” with Cognac, creme de menthe & cacao, pineapple, coconut, vanilla and banana, as well as a Christmas “Swedish Snow” with Grapefruit vodka, Swedish punsch ginger, cinnamon, coconut and lemon.
Find it at 955 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
2. Bodega Taqueria Y Tequila, multiple locations
Bodega’s pop-up bar has set up shop and it’s going all out for the holidays, partnering with Patron Tequila to offer a special menu that includes festive cocktails like “Smoky & Nice” with Patron Blanco, “Un Poquito of Repoquito” with Patron Reposado and “Choco Lit” with Patron Añejo.
In the spirit of give-giving, the taco joint is also partnering with local nonprofit organizations to donate toys during the holiday season. Guests are encouraged to bring a toy which will entitle them to one free holiday cocktail!
Find all Bodega locations on their website.
3. Gramps, Wynwood
The Christmas-iest pop-up of all has returned this year to Wynwood. At the Miracle pop-up here, you’ll not only find over-the-top decor and festive photo ops but also tons of awesome holiday drinks. Some of the Christmas-themed cocktails they’ll be serving this year include “Santa’s Little Helper” with gin, spiced caraway syrup, eucalyptus, sage, lime, and seltzer, and “Grandma Got Run Over by a T. Rex” featuring vodka, orange liqueur, gentian aperitif, aloe vera, spiced pomegranate & grapefruit mix, lime, and aromatic bitters.
Along with your drinks, you’ll also be able to get your very own holiday mugs and glassware to take home!
Find it at 176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127.
4. The Wharf, Miami & Ft. Lauderdale
Both of The Wharf’s locations have decked out the halls for their annual holly jolly Holiday Village. On the riverfront, you’ll find tons of over-the-top holiday decor, toy drives, visits from Santa and more! But most importantly, you’re bound to find a holiday-inspired cocktail to suit your every mood.
Find it at 114 SW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33130 and 20 W Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
5. Balan’s, Brickell
As magical as the holidays can be, nothing quite takes the edge off like a good cocktail. This chic brasserie’s Christmas holiday cocktail — “Fireside Rum” — is a classic take on the old-fashioned but with Havana Club Rum, Laphraoig, chocolate bitters, and marshmallow.
Find it at 901 S Miami Ave Suite 108, Miami, FL 33130.
6. Villa Azur, Miami Beach
You don’t want to miss out on Villa Azur’s seasonal cocktail, the “Christmas Snowflake”. Throughout the month, sip from a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, Irish cream, Crème de Menthe Verte and fresh coconut. The limited-time cocktail serves up a sweet and tropical taste with a hint of mint for that holiday flair.
Find it at 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
7. Puttshack, Brickell
Why not pair a game of mini golf with your festive drink? Puttshack at Brickell City Centre is offering a festive “SZNL Punch” — made with Sofia Sparkling Brut Rose, Brandy, Cointreau, and soda water with muddled fresh strawberries, orange peel and fresh mint. Served in an ice-filled wine glass, it’s the perfect cocktail that combines traditional Christmas flavors with modern twists to leave you full of festive cheer.
Find it at 701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131.
8. Carousel Club, Hallandale Beach
Get transported to a magical world of holiday cheer at Carousel Club’s Winter Wonderland! All throughout December, the popular spot will be ablaze with thousands of twinkling lights, larger-than-life decor and a holiday cocktail bar offering 2o holiday-themed cocktails from the “Snowball Martini” to a “Poinsettia Peppermint Punch”.
Find it at 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
9. RUMBAR, Key Biscayne
RUMBAR, the sultry bar and lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, is celebrating the holidays by transforming into The Reindeer Room; a month-long pop-up bar designed to deliver Yuletide magic, high spirits, and holiday cheer. Take a sip of their “Campfire Porter” (bourbon, Godiva chocolate liqueur, La Colada Coffee Porter, marshmallow fluff, graham cracker rim) or “Let Me Take An #Elfie” (vodka, Passoã passion fruit liqueur, crème de cacao, lemon juice, prosecco).
Find it at 455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.
10. Quarterdeck, multiple locations
Those searching for the perfect South Florida restaurant to bask in the holiday cheer can hop on down to one of Quarterdeck’s locations, and enjoy their exclusive themed cocktails, including the “Naughty or Spice”, made with Bulleit Bourbon, Liquid Alchemist Apple Spice and apple blossom bitters; and the “White Christmas”, a sweeter choice of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel, Bailey’s Salted Caramel and half and half; among other captivating cocktails.
Find all Quarterdeck Restaurant locations on their website.