Toast to the holidays with these limited edition Christmassy concoctions — with plenty of fragrant winter spices, warmth and sparkling festive cheer to uplift the spirits at the end of the year.
La Petite Maison’s Clarified Christmas Milk Punch
Sidle up to the long bar and enjoy La Petite Maison’s Clarified Christmas Milk Punch (HK$120), available only for the month of December. Designed by the restaurant’s new award-winning mixologist, Benjamin Boyce, this rendition of the classic milk punch features a Gallic touch with brioche-infused rum, almond milk, vanilla, Rooibos tea cordial, allspice and walnuts for a toasty, comforting winter cocktail. Keep an eye out as you’re sipping to see the miniature frozen snowman in your glass — a fun little touch to add some whimsy for your tipple.
La Petite Maison, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23-29 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2887 1113
Terrible Baby’s Mezcal Toddy
The iconic hot toddy might be a go-to tipple for your uncle or grandma, but this comforting winter staple gets a spirited twist at Eaton HK’s Terrible Baby. For the Mexcal Toddy (HK$98), Mexico-native head bartender Edgar Santillan pairs Los Javis Espadín mezcal and Rebel Yell bourbon infused with beetroot and hibiscus for some gorgeous colour. A splash of lemon, cloves and cinnamon keeps it in line with the classic drink.
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2710 1866
Artisan Lounge’s Guerlain Cocktails
Joining hands with French cosmetic house Guerlain, K11 Musea’s Artisan Lounge has created four cocktails inspired by its L’Art & la Matière fragrance collection. Our eyes are on the Nutty Tonka cocktail (HK$138), inspired by the maison’s woody, sweet and sultry Tonka Imperiale scent. Pairing white brandy with tonka bean liqueur, the result is a smooth concoction with the flavour profile of grapes and almonds. Any order of the new fragrance cocktails gets you a special gift to redeem at K11 Musea’s Guerlain flagship (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
Artisan Lounge, Shop 008, G/F, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2601 3428
Duck & Waffle’s Hong Kong Glitzmas
Before you toast away to the new year, you’ll want a sip of this glamorous cocktail at Duck & Waffle. The New Year’s Eve special is the Hong Kong Glitzmas, a concoction made with cognac, spiced rum, blackberry red wine reduction and topped off with a sprinkling of nutmeg. Better yet, try it alongside the New Year’s Eve tasting menu (priced at HK$880 per person, plus HK$300 for wine pairing).
Duck & Waffle, Shop 1081, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2267 6338
Uma Nota’s Centelha
Prefer something more feisty and bright during a season of stodgy feasts? Aim for a Brazilian cocktail, courtesy of Uma Nota: Order the Centelha (HK$90), a vibrant mix of prosecco, pink grapefruit juice, fiery ginger extract, fresh passion fruit and star anise, sure to wake up the winter doldrums in a flash.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Posto Pubblico’s Cranberry Old Fashioned
The classic cocktail gets a simple festive twist at Italian-American osteria Posto Publicco, which pairs the season’s signature berry with fragrant rosemary sugar, a splash of bourbon and topped with a few shakes of bitters. It’s the perfect thing to help digest a big Italian feast!
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7160
Burger Circus’ Naughty Shakes
If there’s no redemption from Santa’s Naughty list for you this year, you might as well embrace it: The sinfully good Naughty Shakes (HK$78) at Burger Circus have returned once again this season. The chocolate shake is loaded with fudge, sprinkled with cinnamon and spiked with a healthy dose of whisky. It’s available all month.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2878 7787
DarkSide’s Festive Fizz
Rosewood Hong Kong’s DarkSide is the ultimate cosy drinking den to enjoy the festive spirit as it is, with its dark spirit-forward menu and an inviting chocolate table where treats are plucked to pair with your tipple. While you’re there, try the Festive Fizz (HK$140), a chilled alternative to the traditional mulled wine, made with Riesling, cognac, dried fruits and spices, served fizzy for that celebratory touch.
DarkSide, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732
Mr. Brown’s Smoky Horchata
Pair inventive takes on smokehouse classics at Mr. Brown this festive season with their special cocktails like the Smoky Horchata (HK$110), which takes the traditional Mexican sweetened rice water drink and spikes it with the sultry smoke of mezcal and cinnamon.
Mr. Brown, G/F, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 1081
Café Grey Deluxe’s Apple Crumble
The classic dessert becomes a gorgeous winter cocktail, part of Café Grey Deluxe’s seasonal lineup. The Apple Crumble cocktail (HK$125) has Pere Magloire Fine Calvados (that’s fancy apple brandy) and Grand Marnier getting to know each other in a glass, with cinnamon, shiso, red date, lime, apple and cranberry joining in for the fun too. Classic Christmas warmers like mulled wine and hot toddies are also available.
Café Grey Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 1106