Cocktails & Spirits

The Seven Most Festive Holiday Cocktails in Miami

Have a "Merry Phucing Christmas" with a Santa full of sangria at Phuc Yea
Have a "Merry Phucing Christmas" with a Santa full of sangria at Phuc Yea Photo courtesy of Phuc Yea
Twenty-twenty has been a doozy. So if a stiff drink has made its way to the top of your Christmas list, South Florida's bartenders are eager to make like Santa's elves, shaking up whimsical tipples that are sure to revive your yuletide spirit.

From creamy frozen coquito to holiday-themed martinis, here are Miami's most festive holiday libations.
click to enlarge Sleigh My Name - PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN SOCIAL
Sleigh My Name
Photo courtesy of American Social

American Social

690 SW First Ct., Miami
305-223-7004
americansocialbar.com

Dust off your Santa hat and head to American Social for the refreshing "Sleigh My Name" ($14), an herbaceous sipper made of vodka and chartreuse paired with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. Patrons can also enjoy frozen coquito served in a tiki mug, and a chai old fashioned made with chai tea syrup and walnut bitters ($14 each).
click to enlarge Swap your  store-bought eggnog for some spiked horchata this holiday season - PHOTO COURTESY OF COYO TACO
Swap your store-bought eggnog for some spiked horchata this holiday season
Photo courtesy of Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco

Various locations
coyo-taco.com

Swap the store-bought eggnog and opt for some zesty horchata from Coyo instead. Spiked with Havana Club rum and brimming with cinnamon goodness, the traditional Mexican rice drink can be enjoyed alongside tacos onsite for $7 a glass or shared at home by purchasing a half-gallon jug to-go ($25). Orders can be placed online for takeout or delivery from any of Coyo's South Florida locations; the horchata is available through New Year's Day.
click to enlarge Festive offerings with a view at the Deck. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DECK
Festive offerings with a view at the Deck.
Photo courtesy of the Deck

The Deck at Island Gardens

888 MacArthur Cswy., Miami
786-627-4949
islandgardens.com

This year the waterfront destination's seasonal offerings include the "Jolly Nightcap," made from Baileys Irish Cream, vodka, and raspberry and chocolate sauces ($18); and the cranberry old fashioned, stirred with Crown Royal, fresh cranberry juice, lime, and a sprig of rosemary ($18).
click to enlarge 'Tis coquito season at the Ritz-Carlton - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON SOUTH BEACH
'Tis coquito season at the Ritz-Carlton
Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Lapidus Bar in the Ritz-Carlton South Beach

1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
786-276-4000
ritzcarlton.com

Cozy up to the lobby bar inside the Ritz-Carlton for a chilled glass of coquito ($18). Served inside a coupe, the coquito is made rich with Havana Club añejo, condensed milk, coconut, and anisette. It's the perfect boozy reward after a long day of holiday shopping on Lincoln Road.
click to enlarge Is it even Christmas without eggnog? - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DANA AGENCY
Is it even Christmas without eggnog?
Photo courtesy of the Dana Agency

Miami's Vice Canteen inside the Lincoln Eatery

723 Lincoln Ln. N., Miami Beach
305-695-8700
thelincolneatery.com

Eggnog fans should head to Miami's Vice Canteen in the Lincoln Eatery for an extra-boozy version of the holiday treat. Crème anglaise meets a trio of brandy, rum, and bourbon, making for a robust finish. Just one of these'll have you rockin' around the Christmas tree ($11).
click to enlarge Behold the "Mistletoe Martini" - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MIGHTY
Behold the "Mistletoe Martini"
Photo courtesy of the Mighty

The Mighty

2224 Coral Way, Miami
305-748-0388
themightymiami.com

Spontaneous kisses under the mistletoe being an obvious no-go this holiday season, why not pucker up to a "Mistletoe Martini" instead? This ruby-hued drink combines candy-cane syrup, vodka, and lime and is then festooned with fresh cranberries and a sugared rim ($12). For something more traditional, try an iced Irish coffee, made with cold brew, Tullamore Dew, and Kahlúa and topped with whipped cream ($12).
click to enlarge Have a "Merry Phucing Christmas" with a Santa full of sangria at Phuc Yea - PHOTO COURTESY OF PHUC YEA
Have a "Merry Phucing Christmas" with a Santa full of sangria at Phuc Yea
Photo courtesy of Phuc Yea

Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
305-602-3710
phucyea.com

Decked out in floor-to-ceiling holiday decorations, Phuc Yea the place where Santa would stop for a nightcap after a long day of toymaking. The Viet-Cajun eatery offers a limited-edition "Merry Phucing Christmas" cocktail menu, whose offerings include the "Drink Up Grinches," a seasonal riff on a classic cosmo that's prepared with pickled cranberry, Bombay gin, Cocchi Americano, and mandarin liqueur and topped off with fizzy cava ($15). Other options include frozen coquito ($15) and sangria served in a Santa mug ($15).
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for tropicult.com.
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