It’s almost the holiday season once again and Seattleites will be craving the oh-so-tasty festive drinks served at popular bars around the city. Whether you’re looking for a traditional warm-up cocktail or a drink that completely embodies the holidays and Christmas time, you’ll be sure to find several to satisfy your palate at any of these Seattle bars that are known to serve exceptional holiday drinks.
Urbane Restaurant And Bar
1639 8th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle’s Urbane Restaurant and Bar rings in the holidays every year with several seasonal cocktails, allowing its patrons to fully enjoy all of the holiday spirits the bar has to offer. One of Urbane’s more popular holiday cocktails is the Peppermint Paddy, which is made with vodka, peppermint schnapps, Godiva, half and half and topped with candy cane sprinkles. The bar’s Butternut Hot Chocolate is also a favorite and is prepared with hot chocolate, butterscotch schnapps, Amaretto and topped with fresh whipped cream. Another fun drink served at Urbane’s is the Rudolph, made with tequila, Godiva, Orgeat, Tia Maria, cinnamon and garnished with nutmeg.
2209 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
The Upstairs is a small and sultry, casual bar that that sits just above Pinxto, a Spanish tapas eatery in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Have a bite to eat downstairs at Pinxto and then go to The Upstairs and enjoy a few of the bar’s wintery drinks. A couple of favorites for the holiday season are the Snow Plow, made with Cruzan Black Strap rum, Cruzan spiced rum, Kahlua and cream, or the Kracken Egg Nog, made with Kracken spiced rum, a whole egg, cream and sugar.
Zig Zag Cafe
1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
The Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle is a popular spot to grab drinks at any time of year, but during the holidays, the bartenders try to come up with new tasty cocktail recipes for their patrons to try. One such drink, the Hot Buttered Rum, has been called Christmas in a cup. First, a batter is made of ice cream, spices, sugar and vanilla extract. This batter is then added to a mixture of Cruzan Black Strap rum and boiling water. The drink is then garnished with just the right amount of ground cinnamon. Another festive drink served at the Zig Zag Cafe that is red and green in color is Everybody’s Irish American. It’s made with green Chartreuse, green Creme de Menthe and Canadian whiskey, and then garnished with a green olive.
2332 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Located downtown, Rob Roy is another favorite spot to go for holiday drinks in Seattle. The bar staff serves an advent calendar of festive cocktails each year during the holidays and a different holiday drink is featured every day, counting down to Christmas. One of the top choices is called a Crimson and Clover, made with gin, mulled wine, an egg white and lemon juice. Other holiday drinks to try are the Bourbon Furnace, made with bourbon, house-aged apple cider, cinnamon and sugar, and the Fair and Warmer, made with dark rum, sweet vermouth, Curacao and orange oils.
Sun Liquor Lounge
607 Summit Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Sun Liquor is both a lounge and bar, but also has its own distillery in Seattle, so it makes its own tasty liquors that are used to make the cocktails served. Sun Liquor’s annual eggnog is the best in the Seattle area, so much so that the bar has sold it out more than once, in under an hour. In light of that, the bartenders now make numerous gallons of this exceptional eggnog each year prior to the holiday season. Simply called Sun Liquor Aged Eggnog, it is made with eggs, sugar, brandy or cognac (your choice), bourbon, molasses rum, whole milk, heavy cream and it is garnished with fresh ground nutmeg. Be prepared to stand in a long line for this wonderfully frothy eggnog that is always aged to perfection.
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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.