Where to Sip Festive Holiday Cocktails

December 13, 2013 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News

Mexican Christmas Punch at Toro Toro Miami
Toro Toro's Mexican Christmas punch. 

Heavy traffic on the roads, over-cramped stores, getting the house in ship-shape for judgy mother-in-laws, dressing up for myriad holiday cocktail parties—yeesh, we need a drink. When the holiday stress starts to weigh heavy, head to these four Miami watering holes for cheery holiday libations to restore your faith in the "most wonderful time of the year."

Mexican Christmas Punch at Toro Toro
Toro Toro is whipping up a batch of its own hot Mexican Christmas punch with a cocktail version of Ponche Navideño. Blending red apple, mango, raisins, cranberries, pineapple, sugar, cinnamon, and white tequila, this fruity libation will be available during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-372-4710

Thai Peanut Brittle Cocktail at Meat Market 
Lincoln road steakhouse Meat Market is deconstructing a Christmas classic—peanut brittle—with its holiday special, the Thai Peanut Brittle Cocktail. The liquid treat combines Stoli vanilla vodka, Domaine de Canton, Castries Peanut Rum Crème, and simple syrup. The final flourish? A basil leaf and jalapeño ring garnish. 915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-0088

Frothy Holiday Flip at SUSHISAMBA
SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables is serving up a cold weather cocktail that’s naughty and nice. Crafted with pisco porton, tawny port, maple syrup, chocolate bitters, and a whole egg, The Holiday Flip is served in a Champagne glass and topped off with two grinds of pepper. 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-448-4990

Pomegranate Winter Punch at Drogerie 
Miami’s medicinal cocktail bar is adding a holiday punch to its well-curated menu. With ruby red pomegranates, French orange juice, brown sugar, cognac, and red wine, The Pomegranate Winter Punch is equal parts elegant and festive. 1650 James Ave., Miami Beach, 305-913-1000

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