With many of us heading out of town for the holidays, it’s time to start planning those festive get-togethers early, and what better way to catch up than over a few warming winter cocktails? From classic holiday drinks such as mulled wine and eggnog, to more esoteric concoctions perfumed with the scent of cinnamon and spice, these winter warmers are sure to put you in a merry mood.
Cosy neighbourhood Italian café Station Novella serves up traditional mulled wine (HK$68) teeming with citrus and spice. A clove-studded orange slice and cinnamon stick stirrer perfect this classic winter warmer.
Stazione Novella, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2559 0559, stazionenovella.com
Don’t be fooled by the simple appearance of Zuma’s cheery orange holiday sipper (HK$130). Its complicated flavour profile derives from refreshing sea buckthorn, the smoke of burnt wood, and a fleeting hint of toasted bread.
Zuma, Shop 501-503, 5/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388, zumarestaurant.com
There’s no stopping VEA now that it’s nabbed its first Michelin star — every drink emerging from the bar is a work of art, including this Quail’s Nest Sour (HK$120) made with yuzu juice, citrus vodka and and lemongrass-scented quail’s-egg mix. Torched mini marshmallows cap off the playful libation.
VEA, 29-30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2711 8639, vea.hk
The merry red colour and whimsical name of Iron Fairies’ signature creation (HK$115) puts us right in the mood for a romp through a winter wonderland.
Iron Fairies, LG/F, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2603 6992, facebook.com/TheIronFairiesHongKong
Warm up from the inside out with a hit of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, balanced with slow-cooked pineapple, star-anise syrup, lemon juice and egg white in The Envoy’s seasonal concoction (HK$138).
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road, Central, +852 2169 3311, theenvoy.hk
Who can say no to fresh eggnog blended with house-churned ice cream? Burger Circus’s smooth, creamy concoction (HK$68) is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2878 7787, burgercircus.com.hk
The new winter cocktail (HK$130) at modern Korean restaurant Jinjuu is comfort in a cup — think the warming flavours of cognac, pear, vanilla, apple sauce and cinnamon hiding under a thick cap of elderflower foam.
Jinjuu, UG/F, 32 D’aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3755 4868, jinjuu.com.hk
Toast to the season with bubbles and a view at Salvatore by Maison Eight in TST. The Bunny Girls cocktail (HK$128) is a mouth-puckering, vibrant concoction of Benedictine liqueur, fresh raspberry and pomegranate juice, and champagne.
Salvatore by Maison Eight, 21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2388 8160, maisoneight.com
Tycoon Tann blends the best of both worlds with its innovative Chinese-inspired cocktails. The Chi Pao (HK$120) lingers on the palate with the scent of apple, cinnamon and aromatic bitters, with potent Michter’s rye whisky as its base.
Tycoon Tann, 74 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3125 3228, tycoontann.com
At British-themed speakeasy Foxglove, the squash of the season is celebrated in the Pumpkin King (HK$140), a combination of The Kraken Black Spiced Rum, pumpkin puree and dark cacao that boasts just the right amount of sweetness offset by bitter chocolate.
Foxglove, 2/F, 6 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2116 8949, foxglovehk.com