Baby, it’s cold outside.
This means it’s time to warm up with some delicious seasonal cocktails. And if you’re looking for a place to curl up on a brisk winter evening, remember there are dozens of bars and restaurants in YYC with stocked bars, talented bar staff, and empty seats waiting for you.
Cozy up to the fire and sip on these 12 must-try holiday cocktails in Calgary.
1. Champs–Élysées! from The Mission
The December feature cocktail at The Mission on 4th is a combo of Remi Martin VSOP Cognac, Green Chartreuse, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters, and finished with a lemon twist.
2. Fireside Chats from Proof
This drink consists of Goslings Black Seal, Averna, Hennessy Cognac, cinnamon, angostura, nutmeg and lastly, a brown butter compound.
3. The Blackberry Gin Sour from Eau Claire Distillery
Made with Eau Claire Craft Distillery’s award winning Parlour Gin, The Blackberry Gin Sour is a combination of gin, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, and fresh blackberries.
4. Don’t Look Into The Fire from Bar C
This spicy cocktail from one of YYC’s favourite (but departing) cocktail bars is a mixture of Woodford Bourbon, red wine, raspberry, egg white, and fire water. Enjoy it during Bar C’s final days this month.
5. The Nolo Diamond from Rouge Restaurant
Made with freshly squeezed orange juice, Vya Vermouth, Mescal, this beverage is finished with Nieport Tawny and served on ice. The Nolo Diamond is smoky refreshment perfect for a cold winter day.
Holiday Cocktails from Ki Modern Japanese + Bar
The Festivus is a perfect balance and sweet and sour with Campari, Chambord, lime juice, and ginger syrup topped with a local Tool Shed brew.
7. Tokyo Iced Tea
This unique iced tea consists of Shochu, Sake, Pepsi, Ume, and lemon juice.
The Burande cocktail is a mix of brandy, red wine, simple syrup, and lemon juice – the perfect combo to get you into the holiday spirit.
9. Jerk Nog from Ricardo’s Hideaway
Calgary’s local rum bar has brought their very own boozy brand of eggnog to the bar top this year. Made with Indonesian Cinnamon from Silk Road and three types of rum to add some serious island kick.
10. Rum n’ Raisin from The Coup
The Rum n’ Raisin features raisin infused rum, 10 year port, housemade toasted oat milk with cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla bean syrup. A unique spin on a classic festive cocktail.
11. Coconut Cranberry Nog from The Coup
This vegan cocktail is a combo of VS cognac, Grand Marnier, tart cranberry juice, coconut “eggnog”, along with maple and Madagascar vanilla bean syrup, aqua faba, and finished with a housemade lemon chip.
12. Good Morning Vietnam from Raw Bar
Raw Bar inside the Hotel Arts has stellar cocktails all year long, but Good Morning Vietnam is a new must-try winter beverage. A unique take on traditional Vietnamese coffee, this drink is served warm with Patron Incendio and Frangelico under a smoke dome with smoked with cinnamon and star anise.