Holiday Drink Hitlist 

Try these seasonal sips before the year is out

The Hot Buttered Rum from Press & Pony is "Christmas in a glass."

Press & Pony

The Hot Buttered Rum from Press & Pony is "Christmas in a glass."

With Christmas come and gone, Santa has already checked every item off his list. Now, it's your turn. These 10 seasonal drinks—five naughty, five nice—can help ward off winter, and whether a coffee-based creation is your style, or you prefer a little more spirit in your libations, these delicious drinks will keep you warm.

click to enlarge The Juniper house-made eggnog is a holiday classic. - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • The Juniper house-made eggnog is a holiday classic.

The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
This holiday take on a Pina Colada was the brainchild of bartender/distiller Ashley Oe, and tastes like a Christmas vacation to the tropics (on the rocks).
Where: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
What: Malibu coconut rum, Gosling's Black Seal rum, Coco Lopez, house-brewed cold-press coffee, house-made whipped cream, toasted coconut
Cost: $8.50
Suggested Pairing: Bardenay American-style Kobe beef tacos

Pony Boy
A rich, chocolate taste and gilded-lily look make this perfect sip a holiday favorite. It's available at The Mode year-round to keep you in the Christmas mood.
Where: The Mode Lounge
What: Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps, house-made maple hot cocoa, house-made gold leaf whipped cream
Cost: $10
Suggested Pairing: Mode sweet and savory trail mix

click to enlarge The Eureka! Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned is a spicy treat. - EUREKA!
  • Eureka!
  • The Eureka! Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned is a spicy treat.

Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned
With more than 500 pours sold last year in December alone, this festive cocktail is a Boise favorite.
Where: Eureka!
What: Old Overholt Rye whiskey, house-made gingerbread syrup, BroVo Spirits Douglas Fir liqueur, chocolate and herbal bitters
Cost: $12
Suggested Pairing: Eureka! Fresno fig burger

Hot Buttered Rum
The rum mix in this delightful drink is a secret recipe from Bar Master Erik Schweitzer's grandmother, made with butter, sugars and spices—he calls it "Christmas in a glass."
Where: Press & Pony
What: Plantation 5-year rum, hot water, house-made hot buttered rum mix, house-made vanilla whipped cream, nutmeg
Cost: $8
Suggest Pairing: Boise Fry Company sweet potato fries with maple marshmallow sauce

click to enlarge The Juniper Plum Paradise is a refreshing twist for the holiday season. - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • The Juniper Plum Paradise is a refreshing twist for the holiday season.


The Plum Paradise
Juniper offers a long list of seasonal drinks, including house-made eggnog, but this well-balanced refresher is our cocktail pick.
Where: Juniper What: Warfield "No Return" gin, plum, brown sugar, lime, nutmeg
Cost: $10
Suggested Pairing: Juniper Snake River Farms beef medallions

The Toasted Marshmallow
Rich espresso balances perfectly with the sweetness of a childhood s'more in this delicious cup of joe. It will have you roasting marshmallows by the fireplace in no time.
Where: Thomas Hammer
What: espresso, steamed milk, graham cracker syrup, marshmallow syrup, chocolate, whipped cream, graham cracker sprinkle
Cost: $5.25
Suggested Pairing: Thomas Hammer sugar cookie

click to enlarge The Toasted Marshmallow from Thomas Hammer is like a s'more in a cup. - VERONICA LEMASTER
  • Veronica Lemaster
  • The Toasted Marshmallow from Thomas Hammer is like a s'more in a cup.

The Candy Cane
Cool mint, sweet chocolate and full-bodied espresso meet in this holiday classic that will satisfy any candy cane craving.
Where: Goldy's
What: peppermint syrup, white chocolate, espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, crushed candy cane sprinkle
Cost: $4.10 Suggested Pairing: Goldy's fudge bar

Toasted Reindeer
This sugary local sip is an unusual marriage of flavors, with nutty pecan pie notes complimenting a baseline of rich chocolate.
Where: Zero Six Coffee Fix
What: chocolate, hazelnut syrup, pecan pie syrup, espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, caramel drizzle
Cost: $4.50
Suggested Pairing: Zero-Six chocolate brownie

click to enlarge The Black Rock Snickerdoodle White Mocha is sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. - VERONICA LEMASTER
  • Veronica Lemaster
  • The Black Rock Snickerdoodle White Mocha is sure to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Snickerdoodle White Mocha
This chocolatey, cinnamon-spiked drink is the perfect gift for a coffee lover who isn't afraid to go super-sweet. Pick one up if you've ever wanted to try drinking a cookie.
Where: Black Rock Coffee Bar What: white chocolate, brown sugar cinnamon syrup, espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, cinnamon sprinkle Cost: $4.20
Suggested Pairing: Black Rock apple bear claw

Gingerbread Latte
The mouthwatering spice of gingerbread paired with espresso and steamed milk is sure to get anyone in the holiday mood.
Where: Starbucks
What: gingerbread syrup, espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, nutmeg sprinkle
Cost: $4.95
Suggested Pairing: Starbucks almond croissant


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