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5 holiday cocktails in Boston to try before Christmas

Readers shared their favorite holiday drinks. Here's where to order them in Boston.

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Christmas is nearly here, and having a festive drink seems to be the best way to immerse yourself in year-end celebrations.

We recently asked our readers about their favorite holiday drinks, and while eggnog came in as a clear favorite this season we felt there were more drinks to go around.

If you haven’t already mixed your batch holiday cocktails for family yet or the eggnog has already disappeared from grocery store shelves, there are plenty of restaurants and bars around Boston boasting holiday drink menus not to be missed.

Ahead we rounded up five boozy holiday drinks to try around Boston.


With the current COVID-19 surge, we encourage you to check the restaurant’s website or call ahead before visiting.

Gregg’s Egg Nog at The Baldwin Bar

This was the most popular among readers. Delicious on its own according to some, most readers preferred boozy versions traditionally served with brandy. Step it up a notch and try a nitro whipped Greg’s Egg Nog at The Baldwin Bar in Woburn. $15

Coquito at La Fabrica Central

Sip on this traditional Puerto Rican holiday drink with Don Q rum from chef Giovanna at La Fabrica Central and join the Cambridge restaurant’s new year’s party to ring in 2022. $13

St. Tropez Champagne cocktail at Mai Maison

If you’re looking for something French and bubbly, grab a glass of St. Tropez from Mai Maison made with house Champagne, cointreau, and orange juice, and enjoy their special Christmas menu this Friday and Saturday. They provide heated outside dining through the end of December.

If you’re mixing at home, another reader recommendation came in specifically for grower Champagne, sparkling wine that’s grown both in the Champagne region of France but also from families crafting and bottling the good stuff on their own land. Ask your local wine shop for grower Champagne brands. $11

Snowball old fashioned at Mystic Station

Catch Miracle, the annual holiday pop-up, at Mystic Station for a winter wonderland and Christmas-themed cocktails through the end of the year. You can’t go wrong with their snowball old fashioned mixed with with rye, gingerbread, aromatic and wormwood bitters, and orange essence. $13

Spiked hot cocoa at Time Out Boston

In between ice skating outside Time Out Boston, warm up at the Après Skate Bar pop-up which serves hot cocktails from boozy coffee to hot buttered rum to help you cope with the cold winter weather. We’ll be having the spiked hot cocoa made with local dairy, Taza chocolate, Cazadores Reposado tequila, and Ancho Reyes chile verde poblano liqueur.