Spirits: In the Spirit

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Three cocktails to take the chill out of this holiday season.


From pumpkin and cinnamon to nutmeg and peppermint—nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like the aromatic reminders of the season. But you don’t need to spend time in your mother’s kitchen to get a lil’ yuletide fix; just head to your local hot where creative cocktails abound with these nostalgic flavors. Like the proverbial Santa’s elves, local mixologists are hard at work, coming up with new and tasty ways to help keep us toasty on those cold winter nights. Consider these flavorful wintertime concoctions from three St. Louis spots.

1. Chocolate Candy Cane Martini
The combination of chocolate and peppermint immediately conjures up visions of winter-time merriment. David Bailey of Baileys’ Chocolate Bar has combined these favorite flavors into what may very well be the liquid embodiment of a sleigh ride, the Chocolate Candy Cane Martini. He takes candy cane ice cream and two types of chocolate liqueurs, then puts them through a milkshake machine to produce the ultimate glass of frosty good cheer (1915 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.8100).

2. The Gingerbread Man Martini
The gingerbread man has come out of the kitchen and bellied up to the bar. Mixologist Dani Davis of Van Gohz wanted to do something different from the usual holiday nogs and ciders, so with Skyy ginger vodka as a base, she came up with The
Gingerbread Man. This libation gets its flavorful depth from Irish Cream and Buttershots schnapps, tinged with splashes of Jägermeister and Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps. Add a little nutmeg and you have a new yuletide classic! (3200 Shenandoah St., Tower Grove, 314.865.3345).

3. Pumpkin Buttered Rum Cocktail
Terrene is known for using the bounty of area purveyors to create amazing meals. Bar manager (and co-owner) Sunny McElwain has rerouted some of that goodness to the bar to craft a sublime take on a traditional holiday cocktail. Her Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum incorporates local pumpkin into the butter itself to produce a deep, rich flavor. Then she adds just a touch of Monin pumpkin syrup, often used specialty coffee drinks, and two types of rum to bump the taste to the North Pole (33 N. Sarah St., Central West End, 314.535.5100).


1080_455.jpgPumpkin Buttered Rum Cocktail from Terrene

1081_455.jpgThe Gingerbread Man Martini from Van Gohz

1078_455.jpgChocolate Candy Cane Martini from Baileys’ Chocolate Bar

1079_455.jpgThe Gingerbread Man Martini from Van Gohz


Photo credit: Photos by Jennifer Silverberg

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