ABOVE: The White Christmas cocktail served at Olive Branch Mediterranean Bar & Grille in Mount Dora
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so Mount Dora Buzz scoured local bars to find festive libations that are sure to bring a few rounds of holiday cheer. Here’s the top picks of this season’s holiday elixirs:
ABOVE: Bad Santa mulled cocktail at Crafted Concoctions (photo by Miracle Pop-Up)
Bad Santa On one of Florida’s cooler evenings, warm up with this mulled wine with tawny port, orange liqueur, and Christmas spices. This hot cocktail is sure to turn you warm and cozy. Crafted Concoctions 115 E. Main Street, Tavares
ABOVE: Christmas Carol Barrel served at Crafted Concoctions. (Photo by Miracle Pop-Up)
Christmas Carol Barrel This fun craft cocktail is served in a barrel and features Reposado tequila, coffee liqueur, dry Curaçao and spiced chocolate. Crafted Concoctions 115 E. Main Street, Tavares
ABOVE: Egg Nog Martini at the Olive Branch.
Egg Nog Martini A spiked version of the seasonal favorite, this rich and smooth recipe calls for Early Times whiskey, Fireball and fresh eggnog topped with ground cinnamon. Olive Branch Mediterranean Grille & Bar 115 W. 3rd Avenue, Mount Dora
ABOVE: Grinch Cocktail served at The Olive Branch.
Grinch Cocktail There is nothing “bah-humbug” about this festive elixir. It’s a colorful mix of Midori melon liqueur with the perfect amount of lemon juice and one sugar cube. Olive Branch Mediterranean Grille & Bar 115 W. 3rd Avenue, Mount Dora
ABOVE: Mistletoe Mojito at Momiji Japanese Restaurant.
Mistletoe Mojito Muddled and shaken to perfection, this spin on the classic light rum, fresh mint and lime cocktail adds cranberry juice and is garnished with fresh cranberries and served in a handled mason jar. Momiji Japanese Restaurant 24400 State Rd. 44, Eustis
Peppermint Patty Martini This dessert cocktail is like an adult York Peppermint Patty in a glass. The recipe mixes Peppermint Schnapps, Dark Creme De Cacao, coffee liqueur shaken with heavy cream. It’s the perfect Christmas drink mix for Santa. Momiji Japanese Restaurant 24400 State Rd. 44, Eustis
ABOVE: Floral Spritz available at Pisces Rising.
Seasonal Floral Spritz Refreshing and bubbly, this is perfect for Florida’s holiday season. This cocktail combines Absolut vodka, pear juice, elderflower, Champagne, hibiscus simple syrup and a splash of lemon and on top of that it’s garnished with fresh rosemary and an orchid. Pisces Rising 239 W. 4th Avenue, Mount Dora
ABOVE: Snickerdoodle Martini at Momiji Japanese Restaurant.
Snickerdoodle Martini The decadent, creamy martini is dessert in a glass and it’s hard to have just one. Vodka, Irish Cream, butterscotch schnapps and Amaretto are shaken with half-and-half. Oh, Lawd! Momiji Japanese Restaurant 24400 State Rd. 44, Eustis
ABOVE: Spiked Peppermint Hot Cocoa at Pisces Rising.
Spiked Peppermint Hot Cocoa The holiday season isn’t complete without classic hot chocolate topped with melting marshmallows. This adult version of the seasonal favorite is spiked with Peppermint Schnapps and is guaranteed to warm your bones. Pisces Rising 239 W. 4th Avenue, Mount Dora
ABOVE: White Christmas Cocktail served at The Olive Branch
White Christmas Cocktail Decadence at its best. Coconut and vanilla vodka blended with white chocolate liqueur and topped with coconut shavings, this drink is delicious and beautiful. Olive Branch Mediterranean Grille & Bar 115 W. 3rd Avenue, Mount Dora
Enjoy! And please remember, don’t drink and drive. Happy Holidays! For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, this month, click here. Discover the area's online event calendar here. Also download the area's free mobile app.