Miami Christmas Survival Guide 2018

The Cold Chocolate at Miracle on 10th Street is a mix of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, cold-brewed cocoa, and whipped cream.
Courtesy of Fado Irish Pub
The Cold Chocolate at Miracle on 10th Street is a mix of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, cold-brewed cocoa, and whipped cream.
Christmas is quickly creeping up on us.

That means it's time for frenzied shopping, gift wrapping, and baking cookies for Santa and his reindeer.

Amid all the hustle and bustle, take a minute to meet a friend for a drink or plan a holiday brunch after opening your presents.

Here's where to find everything from last-minute gift ideas, from holiday beers to Santa-themed cupcakes.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF TAIYAKI
Courtesy of Taiyaki
Miami's Best Christmas and Holiday Treats. The holidays are a time to overindulge in sweets. From festive Christmas-tree cupcakes to rich, truffle-filled panettone, these confections are guaranteed to sate your seasonal sweet tooth and fill your heart with cheer.
Jaya at the Setai
Miami Christmas 2018 Brunch Guide. Christmas in the Magic City is well, magical, and the dining options are plentiful. Because the only thing better than a Christmas feast is indulging in a second flavor-packed meal, many Miami restaurants will open their doors early December 25 for brunch.
Christmas 2018: Miami Restaurant Guide. The festive season is here — a time to eat, drink, and be merry. If a no-cook Christmas is at the top of your wish list, here's the best present of all: a guide to Miami restaurants serving delicious, stress-free meals that go beyond the typical holiday fare. Whether you're craving Japanese-inspired dishes or authentic Cuban Christmas food, check out this list for the best Miami Christmas menus.
Deck the Walls
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Miami's Best Holiday Beers Bring Out the Flavors of the Season. Christmas is a great time to gather your friends and hoist a pint or two at one of Miami's breweries. Most make seasonal beers rich in holiday flavors. Brews spiced with clove and cinnamon or exuding sweet hints of coconut and vanilla conjure images of sleigh rides and snowball fights — even in Miami. Here is a list of breweries making great holiday beers to get you through to the new year.
click to enlarge Behold the ugliest ugly sweater - PHOTO BY LAINE DOSS
Behold the ugliest ugly sweater
Photo by Laine Doss
Behold the Salt Bae Ugly Christmas Sweater and Other Christmas Gifts for Foodies. Christmas is near, and odds are you're still scouring the internet at 3 a.m. for that perfect gift. But don't fret: These food-centric finds will wow everyone on your nice list. From hand-crafted chocolate ornaments to chef-inspired ugly sweaters, these local finds will suit the favorite foodie in your life.
click to enlarge Start the holidays off right at Miracle Bar. - PHOTO BY MELISSA HOM
Start the holidays off right at Miracle Bar.
Photo by Melissa Hom
Drink and Be Merry at These Holiday-Themed Bars in South Florida. 'Tis the season — for booze. Nothing says Christmas more than adult beverages. Just ask Clark Griswold and his eggnog, Frank Cross and his vodka, or Buddy the Elf and his "syrup." In keeping with the generations-old tradition of knocking back a few, holiday pop-up bars are officially a thing, and South Florida has several spots where you can whet your whistle from a Rudolph-adorned cup.
click to enlarge Get you coquito! - COURTESY OF THE DECK
Get you coquito!
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Where to Get Coquito in Miami. Christmas is around the corner, and with it comes coquito. Sometimes called Puerto Rican eggnog, the recipe varies by household, but traditionally, it's made with coconut cream, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a healthy helping of rum. Though no Puerto Rican holiday gathering is complete without a few bottles of this delightfully sweet beverage, Miami has adopted it as its own. Coquito is a traditional gift, and some people save bottles for months in order to package the treat as presents. In Miami, you can find coquito in many forms. From cocktails to beer to a handmade bottle of this delightful elixir, here's where to get your liquid holiday cheer.