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Holiday Cocktails

Food & Drink

It doesn't matter if you're on Santa's Naughty or Nice List, there's a peppermint, or other holiday-flavored, libation waiting for you in Downtown Knoxville! Sign up for a Peppermint Trail Pass to win prizes as you check-in.


PostModern's Peppermint-Cacao Martini

This year, the talented bartending elves at PostModern Spirits have created the most delicious Peppermint-Cacao Martini to help spread holiday cheer. Featuring their newly released Whiskey Barrel Aged Cacao Liqueur, this holiday martini is chock-full of delicious chocolate and peppermint. Stop in for cocktails, spirit tasting, or pick up the perfect stocking stuffer!

Tern Club's It's a Wonderful Spice

This winter, take a tropical vacation to the Tern Club to enjoy their punny holiday cocktail menu featuring It's a Wonderful Spice with bourbon and maple brown ale spice; Menta Clause with vodka, coconut milk, and cold brew coffee; and Rum Rum Reindeer with house spiced rum and pineapple. Enjoy delicious libations on their outdoor patio or inside their stylish bar. Merry, merry!

Chivo's Peppermint Express

Take the fast train on the Peppermint Trail to Chivo Taqueria for the Peppermint Express. A smooth coffee flavored peppermint espresso martini with a hint of peppermint on the finish. It's an extra special holiday treat to end a night full of tacos, queso, and chips!

Fat Tuesday's Peppermint Mudslide

It's easy to get in the spirit at Fat Tuesday on Gay Street! Their Peppermint Mudslide is a delightful frozen holiday drink with festive peppermint schnapps and Hershey's syrup. And you're not going to want to miss this New Orleans creation – Cajun Eggnog. You have to see to believe!

Brother Wolf's Christmapolitan

Miracle in the Old City will be taking over Brother Wolf for the holiday season. It's a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar with kitschy holiday décor and awesome cocktails. We're excited to try the Christmapolitan with vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, lime, rosemary, and absinthe mist. Check out their website for 9 more specialty drinks to try, plus naughty and nice shots!

Downtown Grill's Polar Ice Ball

Downtown Grill & Brewery will serve three peppermint beverages for adults on the nice list. Try their Peppermint Hot Chocolate, the Polar Ice Ball, which is a shot of Rumple Minze and coffee liqueur, or their twist on the classic White Russian called White Christmas with Kahlua, Rumple Minze, and cream. Drop by for some holiday cheer!

Lonesome Dove's Smoked Bourbon Butterscotch

Eat, drink, and be merry at Lonesome Dove this holiday season. Warm up with their Smoked Bourbon Butterscotch, a perfect complement to the wild game and hand-cut steaks they serve up in this unique western holiday atmosphere. Or, cozy up fireside at Social Dove with a handcrafted spiked hot chocolate.

Kefi's Christmas Bubbles

If anyone can mix up 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 Christmas Bubbles, an interesting cocktail made of peppermint schnapps, lemonade, and champagne with a cranberry juice popsicle inside. It's perfect to celebrate the festivities of the season.

Blackhorse's Winter Cocktail Menu

We can't think of a better way to festively celebrate the holidays than at Blackhorse Brewery! Whatever the weather, you’ll find the perfect holiday cocktail that's just as tasty as it it pretty, like Peppermint White Chocolate Martini, Mistletoe Mule, Winter Spice Cookie, and Toffee Apple Martini. Meet us there?

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.

Babalu's Mulled Wine

Babalu is bringing the cheer to Gay St with a menu of spirited cocktails. Try the Mulled Wine with yule spices; Rum Punch with fresh squeezed juices, cinnamon, and nutmeg; or the Espresso Martini with house-made espresso infused vodka, vanilla syrup, and cream. Enjoy inside their ultra-modern restaurant, or on the patio bundled in a cozy sweater.

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!

Maple Hall's Peppermint Dude

Maple Hall is serving up festive holiday cocktails sure to be crowd pleasers. The Peppermint Dude has vodka, coffee liqueur, house-made peppermint syrup, and Cruze Farm milk, while the Gingerbread has rum, gingerbread syrup, squeezed orange, and milk. They also have a seasonal Fernet Grasshopper and classic Eggnog (a Maple Room exclusive). It's going to be a jolly holiday!

Preservation Pub's Candy Cane Cocktail

While enjoying friends, family, and great music at Preservation Pub, order up a festive Candy Cane Cocktail with a red-and-green sugar rim. It's a beautiful, delicious cocktail you can't miss! Head to the rooftop to overlook Market Square and the twinkling ice rink.

Peter Kern's Francis Xavier Cross

Fireside at Knoxville's speakeasy is the place to be this season. Peter Kern Library's specialty winter cocktail is Francis Xavier Cross – a cocktail as complex as its name with whiskey, port wine, Branca Menta, and Xocolatl mole bitters. Guaranteed to spice up your night and convert you to a believer in the magic of the speakeasy.

Knox Whiskey Works' Holiday Flights

Stop by Knox Whiskey Works for a Holiday-Inspired Cocktail Flight from their tasting room. You can try a variety of cocktails, from a sweet peppermint cocktail topped with Christmas sprinkles to a fruity, tart cocktail topped with sugared cranberries, and even a Christmas Toast Crunch cocktail. 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!

Radius Rooftop Lounge's Peppermintini

Visit the Radius Rooftop Lounge at the top of Embassy Suites for a Peppermintini with a view (you just might spot Santa and his sleigh flying high over Downtown Knoxville)! 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 you have to check out.

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. Rather have a beer? Enjoy a fireside Dunkelweizen with notes of clove, banana and bread crust (which pairs great with their Bourbon Pecan Pie). Enjoy outside in their igloos!

Oliver Royale's Get Blitzed

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 – Get Blitzed! This cocktail has peppermint-infused vodka, chocolate liqueur, espresso liqueur, vanilla yogurt, mint bitters, and simple syrup. It's a gorgeous craft cocktail for holiday merrymaking!

Jig & Reel Spirited Irish Coffee

Stay toasty this holiday season with Jig & Reel's Irish Coffee by the fireplace. That's just the beginning of a batch of holiday drinks. Try their Pecan Old Fashion, Harvest Apple Mule, Peppermint Hot Cocoa, and Hot Apple Cider to warm you up after a brisk walk through the Old City.

J.C. Holdway's Avoiding the In-Laws

Some of y'all are really going to need J.C. Holdway's humorous cocktail Avoiding the In-Laws to make it through the season. It boasts vodka, Cointreau, peppermint, and chocolate syrup for a sweet before or after dinner treat (or maybe both, depending on your in-laws!). They also have classic eggnog and another cocktail they call Elf Fell Off the Shelf. Whoever is naming their cocktails needs a raise.

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!

Merchants of Beer's Gingerbread White Russian

Merchants of Beer will have a festive selection 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 White Russian or Gingerbread Old Fashioned. 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!

Stock & Barrel's Tinsel Toddy

Stock and Barrel is spicing up the party with their holiday Tinsel Toddy. It’s the perfect blend of hot bourbon, cranberry, lemon, apple, and allspice that goes down smooth and warms you up from head to toe. Pair it with one of their specialty burgers on their heated patio. Cheers to that!

Five Thirty's Mint Condition

Celebrate the season at Five Thirty Lounge on the rooftop of Hyatt Place Hotel, with great views and even better cocktails. Try a Mint Condition cocktail with candy cane infused Wheatley Vodka, PostModern Cacao Liqueur, crème, and a peppermint dusted rim. Guaranteed to chase away the winter blues and put you in the holiday spirit! Enjoy outdoors by the heaters, or inside at the cozy gold bar.

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