53 must-try boozy holiday drinks in Vancouver

Nov 23 2017, 7:38 am

Baby, it’s cold outside.

This means it’s time to warm up with some delicious seasonal bespoke 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 the city with stocked bars, talented mixologists, and empty seats waiting for you.

Cozy up to the fire and sip on these 53 must-try holiday cocktails in Vancouver.


Sloe Down Santa from Ancora

Sloe Down Santa from Ancora (Photo courtesy Ancora)

  • Sloe Down Santa (Odd Society Salal gin, Odd Society Oaken Wallflower gin, hibiscus flower syrup, Gifford Menthe de Pastille, Champagne, sprays of Absinthe)

Blue Water Cafe

Blood Orange and Rosemary Bellini from Blue Water Cafe (Photo courtesy Blue Water Cafe)

  • Blood Orange and Rosemary Bellini (Blood Orange Puree, House Rosemary Syrup, Lemon Juice, Prosecco)


Aquas Caliente from Boulevard Photo: Leila Kwok)

  • Aquas Caliente (mescal, noilly pratt, ancho reyes, crème de cacao and Kahlua)

Burdock and Co.

Vieux Boreal from Burdock and Co. (Photo courtesy Burdock and Co.)

  • Vieux Boreal (Alberta Premium Dark Horse Rye Whisky, Sortilege Maple Whisky, Cinzano Rosso, Boreal Pinecone Dram, Bittered Sling Suius Cherry Bitters, Bittered Sling Denman Bitters)

Café Medina

Pomme de Moluccas from Medina (Photo courtesy Cafe Medina)

  • Pomme de Moluccas (aged rum, apple brandy and a sweetly spiced homemade Moluccas syrup)

The Cascade Room

Candy Can Fizz from The Cascade Room (Photo courtesy Cascade Room)

  • Hot Buttered Rum
  • Candy Cane Fizz
  • Bourbon Eggnog
  • Sage & Cranberry Collins
  • Mulled Wine

Crowbar Restaurant

Vivian Ward from Crowbar (Photo courtesy Crowbar)

  • Vivian Ward (pistachio infused gin, beetroot syrup, fresh lemon juice, rose water, champagne, dried rose petal garnish)

D6 Bar & Lounge

Douglas Fir from D/6 (Photo courtesy D/6)

  • Douglas Fir (Douglas Fir Gin, Cointreau, Blanc Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Juniper, Bittered Sling Bitters, Dehydrated Orange, Douglas Fir Tip)

Donnelly Pubs

Hot-Scotch-olate from the Donnelly Bars (Photo courtesy Donnelly)

  • Hot Scotch-olate (The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, coconut milk, chocolate syrup)
  • Irish Coffee (Jameson Irish whiskey, Elysian coffee, demerara syrup, thickened cream)
  • Rum & Egg Nog (Havana Club Rum, Egg Nog Ice Cream, Angostura bitters, Milk)

Emerald Supper Club

  • Home-brewed Khalua coffee

Honey Salt

House made Egg Nog from Honey Salt (Photo courtesy Honey Salt)

  • Spiked house-made Egg Nog (garnished with a cinnamon stick, nutmeg and orange twist)


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  • Irish Coffee (Jameson Irish Whiskey, Demerara syrup, double espresso, and a thick layer of cream, nutmeg)


Punch the Smoking Bishop from L’Abattoir (Photo: Amy Ho)

  • Punch the Smoking Bishop (Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon, full-bodied red wine, Sons of Vancouver No. 82 Amaretto, Olorosso Sherry, black tea and orange, hints of cinnamon, clove, star anise and Bittered Sling Zinger Crabapple bitters)
  • The Slaughternog (Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sons of Vancouver Amaretto, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Honey Water, Cream, Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters, 1 Whole Egg)

Lobby Lounge

Hot Buttered Rum at Lobby Lounge (Photo courtesy Lobby Lounge)

  • Spanish brandy (aged rum blend, madeira, lemon, spiced cranberry cordial)
  • Holiday Highball (Japanese Whisky, baked apple cordial, amaro montenegro, soda water, lemon peel)
  • Scandinavian Glögg (Aquavit, pinot noir, port, raisins, spices, almonds)
  • Hot Buttered Rum (Aged rum blend, buttered brown sugar, spices, hot water)
  • Mulled Cider (bourbon, apple cider, spices, lemon)
  • Spiked Eggnog (VS Cognac, spiced rum, Oloroso sherry, house-made eggnog)


  • Winter Sangria (red wine, grand mariner, cinnamon sticks, fresh oranges and cranberries; available by the glass or pitcher)

Market by Jean-Georges

Coffee and Caramel from Market (Photo courtesy Market by Jean-Georges)

  • Coffee and Caramel

Odd Society Spirits

  • North Star Nog (Anise Mongrel, SOV Amaretto, House Fernet, Egg, Vanilla Bean, Milk Stout)

Reflections Winter Patio

  • Little Helper (Mount Gay XO Rum, LBV Port, house made egg nog)
  • Winter Daisy (Botanist Gin, pomegranate, lemon, vanilla)
  • Penicillin (Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, Port Charlotte Port, lemon, ginger honey syrup)
  • Christmas G&T (Star of Bombay Gin, cranberries, clove studded orange swath)
  • Srooged Up (Titos vodka, mandarin, orange, lemon, winter spices, chocolate egg white foam)
  • Poinsettia (Cointreau, pomegranate, sparkling wine)
  • Winter Wonderland (Remy Martin VSOP Cognac, lemon, winter spice, sparkling wine)
  • Little Rummer Boy (Mount Gay XO Rum, spice compound butter)
  • True North (Woodford Bourbon, Goslings Rum, Fernet Branca Mentha, hot chocolate)
  • Hot Toddy (Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, lemon, ginger honey)

Royal Dinette

Pueblo Nuevo from Royal Dinette (Photo: Nora Hamade)

  • Pueblo Nuevo (Aged Rum, Pear Sake, Pressed Lemon, Cinnamon, Egg White, Bitters)


Joy of Christmas Tea Mocktail (Photo courtesy TWG Tea)

  • Joy of Christmas Tea Mocktail (almond milk, Joy of Christmas Tea syrup, cocoa powder, sugar)

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

Rum Pa Pa Pa Pomme from UVA (Photo: Amy Ho)

  • Rum Pa-Pa Pomme (Appleton VX Rum, manzana verde (wild apple liqueur), cinnamon, lemon, Bittered Sling plum and root beer bitters, and a whole egg)

Vancouver Theatresports

  • Jolly Juice (Amaretto, vanilla vodka and cranberry juice, garnished with a mini candy cane)
  • Royal Baubles (personal-sized, mini bottles of Henkell Rosé)
  • North Pole (Rumchata, spiced rum, eggnog with a sprinkle of cinnamon, garnished with a mini candy cane – frosty white)

West Restaurant

Recaffinated (Photo courtesy West Restaurant)

  • Kona Luau Sour (Gobernador Pisco, Macadamia Nut Liquor, Maraschino, Fresh Lemon, Peychauds Bitters, Egg White)
  • Recaffinated (Brandy, Baileys, Galliano, Espresso, Cinnamon Walnut Bitters)
  • Mulled Apple Cider (House Mulled Apple Cider with your choice of Amber Rum, Spiced Rum or Bourbon)
  • Sparkling Star (Vodka, Vanilla Liqueur, Grapefruit Reduction, Cinnamon, Sparkling Wine)


Cashew on the Flip Side from Wildebeest (Photo: Jonathan Norton)

  • Cashew on the Flip-side (rum, dessert wine, cashew milk, whole egg and house-made winter spice syrup, shaken with egg to create a frothy consistency and finished with a grating of tonka bean)


Photo courtesy of YEW seafood + bar

  • Enchanted Widow (Veuve Clicquot Rich, Pineapple Reduction, and Thyme Tealeaves ‘Nutcracker’ Tea)
  • YEW Hot Buttered Rum (Bacardi Black Rum, Buttered Batter, Angostura Bitters, Pimento Honey Syrup, Gingerbread cookie)
  • Moose Mug “Cog” Nog (Cognac, our house-made eggnog is served in a nostalgic Christmas Vacation moose mug)
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