While children are snug in their beds as visions of sugarplums dance in their heads, adults are more likely dreaming of a hot toddy or a spiked mulled cider. For a twist on the traditional libations, we’ve rounded up a sampling of festive spirits that area bars and restaurants are serving this holiday season.
Miracle at Hidden Bar,200 Fourth Ave. N. Step into a kaleidoscope of all things holiday at Noelle’s speakeasy. The festive pop-up bar features a wonderland of blue- and silver-toned Christmas trees, a pink painted fireplace, complete with stockings hung with care and — because it is a bar after all — a large red neon Sinnin’ for Santa sign. Holiday-themed drinks include the Koala-La La La, La La La La, made with gin, grapefruit olio, eucalyptus bitters and pine needles hand-harvested just for this cordial.
L.A. Jackson,401 11th Ave. S.The Thompson Nashville’s rooftop bar is no less a hot spot in the winter months. Against the backdrop of a massive holiday mural by street artist ForBecks, the bar will be serving holiday-themed libations including the Melted Snowman, made with vodka, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Cocchi Americano, honey, lemon, soda water and orange blossom water. There’s also the Partridge in a Pear Tree, which consists of brandy, spiced pear, cider, lemon, Falernum and cinnamon.
Bobby Hotel Rooftop Lounge,230 Fourth Ave. N. The Winter Nordic Village returns this year with its signature igloos that originally made the Bobby a wintertime destination. There will also be two cedar cabins decorated for the holidays, a champagne shack with miniature Moët & Chandon Champagne bottles, and a snack shack with popcorn, toasted nuts and hot pretzels. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails such as the Snoball, made with Tromba Blanco, Cointreau, lime, cream of coconut, cranberry, sanded sugar and toasted coconut.
L27 Rooftop Lounge, 807 Clark Place.The Westin Nashville has turned its rooftop bar into a cozy ski chalet, complete with chocolate and cheese fondue and woodsy décor, including reindeer needlepoint pillows and faux fur throws. A featured drink is the Oaxacan Winter, made with mezcal, chili-lime seasoning, agave nectar and pineapple. Also on the ski lodge menu are s’mores with dark chocolate, toasted marshmallows and graham crackers. Visitors can lounge on overstuffed sofas, stay warm and enjoy the view.
Josephine, 2316 12th Ave. S. While shopping along 12th Avenue South, stop into Josephine’s for dinner and a seasonally appropriate cocktail called Not Far From the Tree. Made with bourbon, Laird’s Apple Brandy, Amaro di Angostura, and cinnamon and sugar, the drink is topped off with a splash of Chaiwalker, a chai-infused brown ale from Jackalope Brewing Co. To keep the spirit of the season going a little longer, Not Far From the Tree will be served through February.
The Harpeth,130 2nd Ave. S., Franklin. Visitors to The Harpeth, a new hotel in downtown Franklin, can relax in front of a roaring fire and sip a winter drink such as a Brandy Crusta, a sugar-rimmed brandy cocktail with Curaçao, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur. O, The Oprah Magazine just named Franklin one of the top three towns in the world to visit at Christmastime. What better way to top off a day of shopping than with a festive aperitif or brandy?
Photographs courtesy of Bobby Hotel, The Harpeth, Josephine/Hannah Schneider and Noelle/ Melissa Horn