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Holiday Cocktails | 2023

Food & Drink Holiday

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, Tennessee. Eat, drink (responsibly), and be merry!


PostModern's Candy Cane Children

This year the talented bartending elves at PostModern Spirits have created two new holiday cocktails to help spread holiday cheer: Frosty's on Vacation is like a winter holiday on a tropical island, and Candy Cane Children (photo) is a fun, elevated gin peppermint treat. Plus, two versions of Hot Toddies that will warm you to your tiptoes: one with house-made Straight Malt Whiskey, the other with Gin. Stop in for cocktails, spirit tasting, and pick up the perfect stocking stuffer!

Tupelo Honey's Peppermint White Russian

Naughty or nice, you deserve a delicious Peppermint White Russian from Tupelo Honey! Revel in Market Square's festive atmosphere from the heated patio, including views of the Peppermint Grove and the ice skating rink.

J.C. Holdway's Elf Fell Off the Shelf

All Elf on the Shelf parents are in need of J.C. Holdway's humorous cocktail Elf Sled Off the Shelf! It's a frozen cocktail boasting eggnog, bourbon, and bourbon cream for a decadent pairing to their famous wood-fired plates. This delicious drink is served in a festive holiday setting.

French Market's Irish Coffee

Not only does The French Market boast delicious sweets, they also have a creative cocktail menu! Try the Poinsettia Mimosa, Irish Coffee with Tullamore dew Irish whiskey, Maple Hot Buttered Rum, Fireball Cider, and a Pomegranate Mule with ginger beer! All makings for a joyeux Noël.

Chivo's Peppermint Espresso

Take the fast train on the Peppermint Trail to Chivo Taqueria for the Peppermint Espresso. A special holiday cocktail with chocolate, peppermint, espresso, and tequila. It's an extra special holiday treat to end a night full of tacos, queso, and chips!

Drawing Room's Peppermint Dream

Fall for the Peppermint Dream with Tito's Vodka, Chambord, Frangelico, half & half, and peppermint syrup. A smooth cocktail in an elegant atmosphere at The Tennessean Hotel's Drawing Room. Truly a peppermint dream come true!

Lonesome Dove's Polar Empress

Lonesome Dove has a host of holiday drinks to elevate a romantic winter dinner! Try the cleverly named Polar Empress with empress gin, Peppermint Mocha Martini, Bourbon in a Pear Tree with pear juice, and White Christmas with eggnog & rum. YUM!

Five Thirty's Candy Cane Martini

Celebrate the season at Five Thirty Lounge on the rooftop of Hyatt Place Hotel. Try a Candy Cane Martini with candy cane infused Wheatley Vodka, cream, vanilla, and a peppermint rim – served with a spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains. Guaranteed to chase away the winter blues and put you in the holiday spirit!

Soccer Taco's Cranberry Margarita

Soccer Taco on Market Square is bringing a holiday spin on the classic margarita. The Cranberry Margarita boasts fresh cranberry syrup, tequila, orange liquor, agave, and fresh lime. We hear it's Santa's go-to order when he's in the mood for tacos and tequila!

Tavern's Chocolate Peppermintini

Overlook World's Fair Park at the Tavern at Maker Exchange while sipping on a Chocolate Peppermintini, a beautiful cocktail with vodka, Chocolate Baileys, peppermint syrup, and a splash of half & half. Served in a martini glass with swirled chocolate. The Tavern, located inside the Marriott, is always creative with their cocktails and dishes! Afterwards, cozy up by the lobby fireplace.

Scruffy City Hall's Cranberry Sugar Kiss

Look out for the mistletoe, Scruffy City Hall is mixing up a Cranberry Sugar Kiss this holiday season – a sweet and tart cocktail sure to make you and your loved ones happy. Be sure to also ask the bartender for his or her specialty!

Tern Club's Menta Clause

Take a tropical holiday vacation to Tern Club. This year's cocktail menu features Menta Clause with vodka, Branca Menta, creme de cacao, coconut milk and cold brew coffee; Tingle Bells with Barbados rum, spice honey, and pineapple; and It's a Wonderful Spice with bourbon and maple brown ale syrup, and spice! Merry, merry!

Café 4's Peppermint Crunch Expresso Martini

Get in the spirit at Café 4 with a Peppermint Crunch Espresso Martini and a host of other cocktails on their festive holiday menu including the Gingerbread Martini, Sugar Cookie Martini, Caramel Apple Martini, Cranberry Rye Old Fashioned, Coconut Rum Chata, and more. It's the perfect spot for some holiday cheer on Market Square!

Old City Sports Bar's Shooters

Old City Sports Bar has mixed up some seriously delicious holiday shooters: try Santa's Cookies (vanilla cookies) and Dirty Snowball (chocolate peppermint), or one of four cocktails: Rush Rush Rudolf (chocolate covered cherry), Liquid Apple Pie, Grandma's Spiked Cider, and Mr. Heat Miser. Pair that with tons of TVs to watch sports, and may your days be merry and bright!

Frothy Monkey's Santa's Little Helper

Frothy Monkey is a peppermint stop we're ready to make! Try one of their two holiday cocktails: Santas' Little Helper (in photo) with Rittenhouse rye, cacao, espresso, and orange simple; and Elf Off the Shelf with hot Matcha tea, vodka, vanilla, and a peppermint foam cap. Plus seasonal barista drinks including a Gingerbread Latte and a Cranberry Orange Espresso Tonic!

Oliver Royale's Winter in Fiji

Enjoy the romantic, holiday atmosphere at Oliver Royale with a choice of specialty cocktails, including this year's Peppermint Trail treat – Winter in Fiji! This cocktail has housemade chocolate-infused vodka, peppermint syrup, coconut puree, and vanilla served over crushed ice. A gorgeous craft cocktail for holiday merrymaking!

Bernadette's Peppermint Mimosa

Bernadette’s Crystal Garden will add some sparkle to your season. The crystal-themed bar—with twinkling rooftop overlooking ice skating in Market Square—has a cocktail menu full of holiday fun, including a unique Peppermint Mimosa.

Harvest's Peppermint White Russian

Eat, drink and be merry at Harvest Downtown this holiday season. Toast the night with their Peppermint Telluride Flatliner, a twist on a peppermint espresso martini made with Tito’s, Kahlua, Baileys, peppermint liqueur, and espresso, with a Cuban coffee/peppermint candy rim. A perfect complement to their seasonal menu and exquisite wines.

Alice in Appalchia's Rumple-mint-stiltskin

Alice in Appalachia will have boozy and non-boozy peppermint dark chocolate hot cocoa, along with a peppermint chocolate martini called Rumple-mint-stiltskin. This is the most magical place to watch the ice skaters on Market Square while enjoying a holiday drink!

Jig & Reel's Spirited Irish Coffee

Stay toasty this holiday season with Jig & Reel's Irish Coffee by the fireplace and Sticky Toffee Pudding, the best combo for the holidays! Jig & Reel also has Hot Cocoa and Hot Apple Cider to warm you up after a brisk walk in the Old City.

Peter Kern Library's "Buddy The Elf" Hobbs

Grab your snow globe and journey with Buddy the Elf until you find Downtown Knoxville's speakeasy, Peter Kern Library, and their seasonal cocktail all Elf fans will appreciate: "Buddy The Elf" Hobbs. The clarified cocktail features rum, lime juice, strawberry syrup, coconut liqueur, branca menta, mint, and whole milk, and is guaranteed to convert you into a believer of speakeasy magic.

Knox Whiskey Works' Holiday Flights

Knox Whiskey Works is upping their cocktail game this season! They'll have two signature cocktails, as well as a Holiday Cocktail Flight featuring four mini cocktails. Santa's Nightcap boasts their very own Tennessee Valley Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, non-dairy oat creamer, candy cane, and festive sprinkles; while the Tail of the Toddy has their Honey Habanero Flavored Whiskey. The miniature cocktails are Festivity Fizz, Whiskey Wonderland,, Holiday Rushin', and Christmas Toast Crunch!

Brother Wolf's Snowball Old-Fashioned

Throughout the holiday season Brother Wolf transforms with nostalgic holiday décor for Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar launched in 2014 in New York City. Their signature cocktail will be the Snowball Old-Fashioned with Rye Whiskey, gingerbread syrup, Angostura Bitters, and Wormwood Bitters. They also have a complete festive holiday cocktail menu (with festive glassware) to check out! Stop by for some holiday cheer.

Radius Rooftop's Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Head to Radius Rooftop Lounge for a sweet and boozy treat by fireside: the Chocolate Peppermint Martini is just the dessert cocktail you need while overlooking stunning views of Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee!

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!

Merchants of Beer's Merry Mule-Tide

Merchants of Beer will have a festive winter cocktail for the Peppermint Trail: the Merry Mule-Tide is a MOB riff on a cranberry-apple mule-style cocktail. Let’s toast to the holiday spirit. And of course, they have rotating seasonal taps with winter beers galore and the perfect outdoor patio for enjoying cool holiday nights!

Southern Grit's Peppermint Mocha Martini

Head over to Southern Grit for more than their southern cuisine. At brunch, lunch or dinner, you’re going to need to try the delicious Peppermint Mocha Martini *outfit not included* (unless you're an elf). It’s a festive cocktail made with Mr. Black coffee liqueur, cream, simple syrup, and peppermint schnapps.

The Brass Pearl's Rosemerry Christmas

The Brass Pearl has concocted an original cocktail perfect for celebrating the season before, after, or over fresh seafood. The Rosemerry Christmas boasts PostModern's Giniferous Gin, rosemary simple syrup, and lime cordial.

Preservation Pub's Let It Snow Rumple Minz Shooter

While enjoying friends, family, and great music at Preservation Pub, order up a festive Let It Snow Rumple Minz Shooter served with a pack of sugar to get the festivities started.

Stock & Barrel's Oh Snap!

Stock & Barrel is spicing up the party with their holiday Oh, Snap! cocktail. It’s a gingerbread whisky sour featuring Henry McKenna and a house-made gingerbread simple syrup. Cheers to that!

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