If you’re looking to sneak some fun variety in between the mulled wine and ‘nog, here are 8 delicious and unique tipples to enjoy this holiday season.
The Winter Clover at Room 309’s Winter Garden
Transformed into a winter garden spectacle inspired by Germany’s Black Forest, Room 309 at The Pottinger Hotel is showcasing a menu of festive cocktails made with Monkey 47 premium gin through to 12 January. Guests will start off with a welcome drink “Nice & Sloe,” featuring Monkey 47 Sloe Gin, white wine, sweet spice tincture and warm spaces.
Room 309, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Santavino at Pirata
Available only between 24–26 December, the “Santavino” (HK$120) at Pirata is just the thing to whet the appetite for a night of feasting. This “Santa’s Wine” features Vin Santo dessert wine, grappa, amaro lucano, lemon bitters and sweet bitters, then garnished with a Cantuccio Italian biscuit — the cookie to Santa’s milk in Italian tradition.
Pirata, 29-30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2887 0270
Holiday French 75 at Old Bailey
In between all the turkeys, roasts, cheese and carbs we’re stuffing ourselves with for the holidays, you’ll want something light, fizzy and tart — try the “Holiday French 75,” made with a floral champagne mixed with crushed hibiscus and garnished with a dash of gold dust.
Old Bailey, Shop 15-G/F, Tai Kwun, 100 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3559 2600
The Naughty Shake at Burger Circus
The thick, decadent milkshakes (not to mention desserts) at Burger Circus have become something of an institution the past few years when it comes to holiday indulgences. Made with freshly churned ice cream, we’re definitely craving the chocolate ‘Naughty’ shake (HK$78), spiked with whiskey and topped with lots of fudge and whipped cream.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, + 852 2878 7787
Panettùn Sour at Pici
Have your Panettone and drink it too with this spin on the classic Italian treat at Pici. The “Panettùn Sour” (HK$90) is a bittersweet tipple with red wine, rhubarb liqueur, cinnamon syrup, orange juice, and shaken with egg white. Only available 24–26 December.
Pici, G/F, 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2755 5523; G/F, 24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2755 5233; 29-31 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui (Entrance on Hart Avenue), +852 2771 2231; Shop 251, Phase One, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, +852 2776 6222
The Festive Julep at Potato Head
Tom Egerton at Potato Head brings in a touch of festive cheer in this interesting take on a julep with some local Asian ingredients. The Festive Julep (HK$100) brings together Chivas Regal whisky, goji berry, red ginseng, chocolate and mint in a tall icy cup — reminiscent somewhat of an After Eight mint with bitter undertones.
Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 6066
Christmas Club at Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
Take your mulled wine a step further with the “Christmas Club” (HK$160) at Dr. Fern’s. Using Applewood gin, mulled wine syrup, vanilla syrup and lemon juice, shaken with egg white, this vibrant festive cocktail is garnished with a fanciful peppermint candy cane.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, B1/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9449
Tokyo Royale at Tokyolima
As we head into prime Champagne toasting territory after the Christmas festivities, this is one cocktail you’ll want to sip into the new year. The “Tokyo Royale” (HK$100) is a twist on a Kir Royale with prosecco, Japanese grape and yuzu liqueur, garnished with violet sugar. Pretty and perfect to round out the year with some party vibes. Only available 27–31 December.
Tokyolima, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2811 1152