Holiday Cocktails on The Peppermint Trail
Whether you're on Santa's Naughty or Nice List, there's a holiday cocktail on the Peppermint Trail just for you. So, come downtown this holiday season from November 27 to January 3 to savor the season with a peppermint, or other holiday-flavored, libation! Here are a dozen+ must-try holiday cocktails on the trail.
Kefi's White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
If anyone can do a holiday cocktail, it's Kefi! After taking a walk through the festive peppermint lampposts in the Old City, you'll be in the mood for their White Chocolate Peppermint Martini, a gorgeous holiday drink that will lift your holiday spirits.
Maple Hall's Ginger Snap
Bowling ball in one hand, winter cocktail in the other! Maple Hall is serving up three winter cocktails sure to be crowd pleasers – and our favorite is the spiced Ginger Snap. Boasting Rum, House-Made Gingerbread Syrup, Fresh Orange Juice, Cruze Farm Whole Milk, and topped with an adorable gingerbread man, this cocktail is a strike. After bowling downstairs, head up to the Maple Room to try their other two cocktails, the Tullahoma Winteraide and Peppermint Dude next to their Christmas tree!
Sapphire's Snowball Old Fashioned
For the holiday season, Sapphire transforms into Miracle, a beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar boasting nostalgic holiday decor – and of course, a holiday cocktail menu to match. Their signature cocktail will be the Snowball Old-Fashioned with Rye Whiskey, Gingerbread Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Wormwood Bitters. Other cocktails include On Dasher, Bad Santa, and Fruitcake Flip. Stop by for some holiday cheer! All cocktails available for takeout.
The Lost Tavern's ClausMopolitian
Head over to the Lost Tavern, Knoxville's Noir Bar, after a day of holiday shopping to drink a well-deserved and cleverly named ClausMopolitian, their festive take on the popular cosmo. It's an exceptional choice for holiday merrymaking! And it's also available for takeout!
Radius Rooftop Lounge's Peppermintini
Visit the Radius Rooftop Lounge at the top of Embassy Suites for a Peppermintini and a view! This perfectly sweetened cocktail includes vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, Bailey’s, peppermint schnapps, and a candy cane garnish. They also have a long menu of holiday drinks featuring apple cider, cranberry, eggnog, and more holiday flavors. From the rooftop, you just might spot Santa and his sleigh flying high over Downtown Knoxville.
Balter's The Grinch
Looking oh-so festive and tasting just the same, The Grinch at Balter Beerworks is their take on the grasshopper cocktail, a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. Or enjoy a Winter Warmer, a dark ale spiced with juniper berries, ginger, star anise, and orange peel, fireside this season!
Knox Whiskey Works' Holiday-Inspired Cocktails
Stop by Knox Whiskey Works for some Holiday-Inspired Cocktails from their tasting room. They have something for every palette, from a sweet peppermint cocktail topped with Christmas sprinkles to a fruity, tart cocktail topped with sugared cranberries. While you're there, stock up on locally-made spirits to add some cheer to your holidays – and check off those folks on your gift list that have been good this year!
Lonesome Dove's Miracle on Central Street
With a name this good, you know the cocktail is going to be a classic! Stop by the Social Dove Patio at Lonesome Dove for a Miracle on Central Street. Sip on this holiday cocktail fireside as you enjoy small bites from the kitchen. If you'd rather enjoy it fireside in the comfort of your home, this yummy cocktail is available for takeout.
Oliver Royale's The Blitzen
Enjoy dinner or weekend brunch in the romantic, holiday atmosphere at Oliver Royale with a choice of specialty cocktails, including this year's Peppermint Trail treat named after one of Santa's reindeer – The Blitzen! This cocktail has peppermint-infused Wheatley vodka, cream, espresso, cacao liqueur, and vanilla peppermint syrup. Garnished with a mini candy cane, this gorgeous craft cocktail is a winner.
Merchants of Beer's Trio of Winter Cocktails
Merchants of Beer will have a trio of winter cocktails for the Peppermint Trail, plus their ever-rotating taps featuring holiday beers galore! If you're in the mood for a cocktail, order up their Gingerbread Old Fashion, the Chai White Russian, or a yummy Winter Mule. Enjoy your drink on their large outdoor patio!
Chesapeake's Peppermint Swirl
The Peppermint Swirl at Chesapeake's is an interesting and beautiful cocktail perfect to pair with their seafood this holiday season! The pretty cocktail is made of Conundrum Sparkling Rosé, Vanilla Vodka, White Crème de Menthe Liquor, a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a candy cane. Ho! Ho! Ho!
J.C. Holdway's Avoiding the In-Laws
J.C. Holdway is wrapping up peppermint and liquors for a special holiday treat that some of y'all are going to really need! The humorous cocktail Avoiding the In-Laws will have Vodka, Cointreau, Peppermint, and Chocolate Syrup for a sweet before or after dinner treat. Or maybe both, depending on your in-laws! And if you're stuck at home with them, no worries – this cocktail, plus Eggnog and Meet Me at the Punch Bowl are available for takeout.
Five Thirty's Mint Condition
We love rooftop views, and the one at Five Thirty Lounge at Hyatt Place are spectacular. Celebrate the season with a Mint Condition cocktail in the newly completed rooftop space – including Rum, cold pressed Roasted Espresso, Vanilla Demerara sugar, Drupnik bitters and Peppermint Cream. Guaranteed to chase away the winter blues and put you in the holiday spirit!
But wait, there's more! We’ve rounded up a few adult beverages that will warm you up from head to toe!
Pour Taproom's Spiked Hot Chocolate
Visit Pour Taproom on the Peppermint Trail for some boozy pay-by-the-ounce holiday cheer - a delicious Peppermint Beer topped with whipped cream and garnished with a candy cane! They also carry a variety of winter brews. And if you want something to warm you up on their outdoor patio, order up an adult version of a childhood favorite, Spiked Peppermint Hot Cocoa.
Calhoun's Polar Bear Coffee
Let's take a trip to the North Pole – or just the Tennessee River – for Calhoun's warm-you-right-up Polar Bear Coffee! It's filled with peppermint schnapps, creme de cacao, and hot coffee, then topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder. This adult coffee is calling your name!
Jig & Reel Spirited Peppermint Coffee
Stay toasty this holiday season with Jig & Reel's Peppermint Hot Cocoa with candy cane syrup and whipped cream or a Spirited Peppermint Coffee with local Honeybee coffee, peppermint liqueur, and Irish cream. Both are sure to warm you down to your toes as you walk through Knoxville's Historic Old City.