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Holiday Cocktails | 2022

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. Eat, drink, and be merry!


Chivo's Minter Wonderland

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

Tavern's Peppermint Punch

Overlook World's Fair Park while sipping on a Peppermint Punch, a beautiful cocktail with bourbon, cereal milk, and peppermint. The Tavern at Maker Exchange is always creative in their cocktails and dishes! Afterwards, cozy up by the lobby fireplace.

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!

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!

Harvest's Peppermint White Russian

Eat, drink and be merry at Harvest Downtown this holiday season. Toast the night with their Peppermint White Russian made with fresh espresso, peppermint vodka, and cream. A perfect complement to their seasonal menu and exquisite wines.

PostModern's Hot Toddy

This year the talented bartending elves at PostModern Spirits have created the most delicious Hot Toddy to help spread their holiday cheer. Featuring two options: one with PostModern Spirits' Straight Malt Whiskey, the other with Gin. Stop in for cocktails, spirit tasting, and pick up the perfect stocking stuffer!

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!

Maple Room's Goo Goo Cluster Old Fashion

Enjoy festive cocktails in the Maple Room's beautifully decorated lounge like the Goo Goo Cluster Old Fashion with Goo Goo Cluster infused George Dickel Rye, molasses bitters, and house-made marshmallow syrup; the Dickel Toddy with toasted coconut unfused honey, Tullahoma Winteraide and more. A pop-up bar holiday treat not to be missed.

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, inside at the cozy gold bar, or wrapped up in a rooftop igloo.

Fat Tuesday's Peppermint Mudslide

Get in the spirit with a Peppermint Mudslide from Fat Tuesday! Choose festive peppermint schnapps or peppermint moonshine to add to your chocolatey mudslide for a delightful holiday drink. And you're not going to want to miss this – Cajun Eggnog for a limited time. Certainly sounds like a holiday!

Brother Wolf's Snowball Old-Fashioned

Throughout the holiday season Brother Wolf will transform 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, Wormwood Bitters. They also have a complete festive holiday cocktail menu to check out! Stop by for some holiday cheer.

Frothy Monkey's Grinch

Frothy Monkey is a peppermint stop we're ready to make! Order up the boozy Grinch made of matcha, sweetened condensed milk, St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, and white rum. It's topped with peppermint Campari whipped cream. Yum! The Peppermint Mocha Martini is also delicious with espresso, mocha, and peppermint syrup. Plus a cozy covered patio on Gay St — what a combo.

Southern Grit's Peppermint Mocha Martini

Head over to Southern Grit this holiday season for more than their delicious 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.

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. It's going to be a jolly holiday!

Pour Taproom's Peppermint Beer

Visit Pour Taproom on the Peppermint Trail for none other than...Peppermint Beer! They also carry a variety of seasonal brews, and with pay-by-the-ounce holiday cheer, you can easily try them all. Ho ho ho!

Peter Kern Library's Mr. Tumnus

Through the "wardrobe," you'll find Downtown Knoxville's speakeasy, Peter Kern Library, and their seasonal cocktail all Narnia fans will appreciate: the Mr. Tumnus. The tasty drink features Port Wine, Branca Menta, Yellow Chartreuse, Cacao Liqueur, and Egg Yolk, and is guaranteed to convert you into a believer of speakeasy magic.

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 Mocha 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. Oh...and ask about the Eggnog!

Old City Sports Bar's Spiced Apple Spritz

Old City Sports Bar has mixed up some seriously delicious holiday cocktails: Holly Jolly Gin, Not Your Mammaw’s Holiday Whiskey, Peppermint Trail Martini, and Spiced Apple Spritz. Pair that with 18 TVs to watch sports, and may your days be merry and bright!

Oliver Royale's Tiny Prancer

Enjoy the romantic, holiday atmosphere at Oliver Royale with a choice of specialty cocktails, including this year's Peppermint Trail treat – Tiny Prancer! This cocktail has house-made, white chocolate peppermint-infused vodka, cacao, milk, and vanilla topped with whipped cream and a peppermint garnish. It's a gorgeous craft cocktail for holiday merrymaking!

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!

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

J.C. Holdway is wrapping up peppermint with local liqueur for a special holiday treat. The humorous cocktail Elf Fell Off the Shelf boasts Rumple Minze peppermint schnapps, PostModern's Crème de Cacao, heavy cream, and topped with shaved chocolate. This delicious drink is served in a festive holiday setting.

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 including Rudolph's Nose, a featured Peppermint Mocha, Gingle Bells (not a typo!), and The Grinch. 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!

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!

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!

The Brass Pearl's Little Rummer Boy

The Brass Pearl has concocted two original cocktails perfect for celebrating the season before, after, or over fresh seafood. The Little Rummer Boy has peppermint-infused rum, chile liqueur, Velvet Falernum, brandy, and orange bitters. And don't miss Sonic the Eggnog with espresso-infused Wheatley, house-made eggnog, and chocolate bitters.

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 Kim Crawford Illuminate Rosé, vanilla vodka, White Crème de Menthe Liquor, a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a candy cane. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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. And check out the Candy Cane Land and Peppermint Patty cocktails in the Mezzanine Bar.

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 Harvest Apple Mule, Peppermint Hot Cocoa, and Hot Apple Cider to warm you up after a brisk walk through the Old City.

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