Holiday Drinks to Have at Your Bar

Holiday Drinks to have at your bar

As a bar owner, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than to offer holiday specific drinks.  The year-end can often prove a stressful time for your establishment; a lot of people are on vacation, scheduling is tough, and you may be wondering what to serve that will stand out. But if you take advantage of the month, and market appropriately, it can really contribute to your bottom line.

The following are a few beverages that have proven to not only spark the holidays, but to breathe life into your bar.  Old and new alike, these are some of the most popular drinks to serve during this season’s celebrations:

Craft Beers

  • Sierra Nevada CelebrationHailing from Chico, California, this west coast IPA is a self-proclaimed “perfect for the people who hate winter,” type-of-beer.  With a citrus twist, this makes for an original type of holiday flavor, but still a refreshing one, that is popular all over the country.
    • ABV: 6.8%
  • Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout – A Boston favorite, the key ingredient in this Imperial Stout, is ginger.  It is also one of the best values for your bar, as it prices much lower on this list than the other craft beers.  Although the ginger comes through strong, there is also a smoky flavor.
    • ABV: 9%
  • Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New YearMade in San Francisco, the style of this beer is referred to as “winter warmer,” due in part to the fact it is made with bold hops. Anchor has been making this Christmas Ale every year since 1975, and it keeps getting better.
    • ABV: 5.5%
  • Southern Tier 2XMAS – The brewery, Southern Tier, in Lakewood, N.Y., modeled this ale after Glögg, which is a Scandinavian hot mulled wine. With a style profile of spiced ale, the key ingredient is figs.  There are also notes of orange, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger root, and clove.
    • ABV: 8%


  • White Chocolate Peppermint Martini – Tis’ the season for chocolate, and peppermint flavors. Here’s how to make this popular martini:
    • Ingredients
      • 1 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
      • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
      • 1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
      • 1 oz. Cream or Half & Half

Rim the glass in melted chocolate and crushed candy canes.  The garnish for this martini is a peppermint stick dipped in white chocolate.

  • The Grinch – Everyone’s familiar with that naughty Dr. Seuss character who stole Christmas, and this drink bears the same resemblance.
    • Ingredients
      • 2 oz. Midori
      • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
      • 1 tsp Simple Syrup
      • Splash of Sprite

Shake over ice, strain, and serve in a cocktail glass, with a cherry garnish.

  • Gingersnap – Ginger is always a staple flavor over the holidays, and who doesn’t love it in the form of a buttery cookie?
    • Ingredients
      • 1/2 oz. Cinnamon Schnapps
      • 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
      • Dash Jagermeister

Pour into a shot glass, in the order of the ingredients listed.

  • Peach Cobbler – With a delicious flavor profile of creamy peach and butterscotch, the name sort of sells itself.
    • Ingredients
      • 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
      • 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
      • Splash Cinnamon Schnapps
      • Splash of Cream

Poured over ice, into a rocks glass.  You can get creative with this garnish, but a peace slice is always an obvious choice.