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7 South Florida Cocktails To Sip On During The Holiday Season

Now that Thanksgiving is over, South Florida is in full holiday prep mode. Retail sales, festive soirees, upcoming vacations and visits from relatives are enough to make our heads spin. Not sure where to start? Take a breather and sip on a new wintertime drink.

Restaurants and bars across the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area are rolling out sweet and savory seasonal cocktails, bringing a feeling of warmth and comfort to your favorite boozy concoctions. From creamy alcohol-infused eggnogs to pumpkin spice margaritas, here are seven cocktails worth a slot on your holiday to-do list.

BC Coquito

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Photo courtesy of Burlock Coast

Burlock Coast, a seaside restaurant, bar and market at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, is shaking up its own version of Puerto Rican eggnog. The BC Coquito blends rum, coconut cream and condensed milk and adds an all-spice mix for an added kick.

One N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.6460; burlockcoast.com

Firework Toast

Photo courtesy of Burlock Coast

For something light and festive, such as a holiday party or a New Year’s Eve celebration, Burlock Coast also offers the Firework Toast. This bubbly concoction mixes lemon and orange juice with Aperol, gin, aquafaba and prosecco, creating a sweet orange drink. 

One N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.6460; burlockcoast.com

The Old ‘Nog 

Photo courtesy of Tanuki

Tanuki, a Japanese restaurant with a massive lineup of food and drink offerings, welcomes the holiday season with a boozy eggnog. This creamy cocktail is infused with vanilla bourbon, egg yolk, white powdered sugar, milk and salt. A sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon are added on top for a light finish.

1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach; 305.676.8602; tanukimiami.com 

Pumpkin Spice Margarita 

Photo courtesy of Wild Sea

At Fort Lauderdale’s Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, swap a traditional margarita for something more seasonal. The restaurant’s pumpkin spiced variety uses tequila, agave and sour mix along with a fizzy apple cider and a light pumpkin puree. 

620 E. Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.2555; wildsealasolas.com 

Up In Smoke

Photo courtesy of Wild Sea

Another favorite off of Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille’s new seasonal menu is the Up In Smoke. The cognac-based cocktail calls for hickory smoked simple citrus and bitters, and is topped with a slice of smoky grilled orange.

620 E. Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.2555; wildsealasolas.com

 The Last Namekian

Photo courtesy of Dragonfly Izakaya

Just in time for winter, Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market has added more than a dozen new cocktails to its menu. Opt for the Last Namekian, in which Hendrick’s Gin is united with flavors of spicy ancho chile verde, green chartreuse and green tea. The thick emerald-hued drink washes down easy but maintains a strong aftertaste. 

5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305.222.7447; dragonflyrestaurants.com  

Aperican Pie and Toast to the Good Life

Photo courtesy of Bitter Truth

At Bitter Truth, everything we love about the holiday season, from sweet treats to endless “cheers,” takes the form of two boozy cocktails. The two celebratory cocktails include the Aperican Pie, which is made with whiskey, caramelized honey red apples and cinnamon; and the Toast to the Good Life, mixed with rosemary, cranberry bitters and rose champagne.

1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach; 786.646.9432; bittertruthmiami.com 

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