What is your favorite drink to enjoy during the holiday season? Is it a warm mug of hot cocoa? How about a piping hot peppermint tea? Or perhaps a spiked eggnog to get you through those snowed-in nights? We love when these classics get taken to the next level thanks to talented baristas and drink designers! Especially when it comes to sharing photos of our treats on social media. This winter, we are rounding up the most creative, festive, and undoubtedly delicious beverages around – in alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. These particularly photogenic Christmas drinks will brighten up your Instagram feed all season long!
Christmas Tree Frappuccino
Starbucks recently unveiled its Instagram-ready Christmas Tree Frappuccino, and we can’t get over how cute this coffee is. The drink features a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frap as its base, but is then topped with a creative green “tree” design made from matcha whipped cream, candied cranberries, a caramel drizzle, and a festive strawberry “topper.”
Come wintertime, everyone loves a traditional egg nog – boozy or not! This festive version from New York City-based Creamline is mixed with bourbon and topped with a fun whipped cream swirl.
Clementine Cooler Gin & Tonic
Blume is a Copenhagen-based cocktail bar that knows your favorite drinks can always a special holiday makeover. This striking gin and tonic is mixed with refreshing citruses for the season.
Persimmon Spice Latte
Do you ever think “persimmons” when looking back on your favorite holiday treats? They are underrated fruits for sure, but make sure to give them a try, and leave oversaturated pumpkin spice for next October. We love how California’s Bakers & Baristas imagines the citrus with coffee as part of a seasonal latte.
Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha
Chicago-based donut shop Glazed & Confused isn’t just about the pastries. They also sell fresh roasted coffee drinks topped with seasonal treats, like peppermint and toffee. Double yum!
Graham Cracker Evan Williams
Another great Chicago-based hotspot to try out is The Robey, as their holiday liquor selection is unmatched. We are obsessed with this graham cracker infused bourbon drink, garnished with a warm toasted marshmallow. Are you drooling yet?
Jack Frost Cocktails
Who knew holiday drinks could be so colorful? The Radisson Blu in Cebu City, Philippines is serving up a trio of captivating Christmas drinks this season, including a refreshing tea and sugary rainbow sprinkle-topped cocktail.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Your Instagram followers will be obsessed if you share a snap of a hot chocolate that’s literally dripping candy. This festive peppermint white hot chocolate from Cafe Seventy Two in New Jersey combines frosting, whipped cream, marshmallows, and more. Can you really go wrong?
Are your favorite ciders spiced, sweet, or something in between? Steins Beer Garden in California has them all, heated up in cocktail format for the Christmas season.
TLC Hot Chocolate
What’s more fire for your feed than Christmas drinks that are literally on fire? This “TLC Hot Chocolate” – AKA, tequila loves chocolate – from Matthew’s Food and Drink in New Jersey is so creative, and a total crowd-pleaser.
— Richard Editorial Staff