Where to Drink Now

Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 best bars to make your spirits bright

Where to drink in Dallas now: 5 best bars to make your spirits bright

Baby It's Cold Outside cocktail at the Mansion Bar
Order a Baby It's Cold Outside while you get cozy at Mansion Bar. Photo courtesy of Mansion Bar
Winter Break cocktail at Public School 214
Enjoy your Winter Break at Public School 214. Photo courtesy of Public School 214
Mistletoe Margarita at Mi Dia From Scratch
Who says margaritas can't be festive? Photo courtesy of Mi Dia From Scratch
CookieChata cocktail at Cook Hall
The only way to improve hot chocolate is to add booze. Photo courtesy of Cook Hall
Baby It's Cold Outside cocktail at the Mansion Bar
Winter Break cocktail at Public School 214
Mistletoe Margarita at Mi Dia From Scratch
CookieChata cocktail at Cook Hall

Do you need a drink this holiday season? You're not alone. But since everything else is themed this time of year, it's no surprise that booze is too. So whether you're looking for a hot toddy to help pretend it's cold outside or a cocktail festooned with red and green, here's where to get your seasonal drink on.

Cook Hall
The only way to improve on hot chocolate is to add booze, which is the CookieChata's entire raison d'être. Milk, chocolate syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, and RumChata combine for a toasty after-dinner drink that tastes more than a little like fresh-baked cookies.

Mi Dia From Scratch
It's tamale time in Texas, and what goes better with a dozen or so red and green tamales than a red and green margarita? The Mistletoe is the restaurant's margarita of the month, mixing Clase Azul Plata tequila, fresh lemon juice, strawberry-infused agave, a rosemary sprig, powdered sugar, and frozen cranberries. Warning: might make you feel like kissing everyone.

Public School 214
For teachers, winter break is perhaps the best gift of all. So order up a Winter Break, an eggnog-inspired cocktail made with spiced rum, heavy whipping cream, Licor 43, cinnamon maple syrup, and egg white, then dusted with ground cinnamon.

Lounge 31
This elegant spot in Highland Park Village — which is currently aglow with thousands of twinkle lights — would be the perfect place to wait out a winter storm. Even if it's still unseasonably warm here in Dallas, you can pretend otherwise with the Sugar Cane Toddy: Bacardi 8-year-old dark rum, cinnamon honey syrup, vanilla tea, lemon juice, and hot water.

Mansion Bar
Another place where we wouldn't mind curling up by the fire is the sleek bar at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. There you can warm up with a cocktail called Baby It’s Cold Outside, concocted of Buffalo Trace Mansion single barrel bourbon, butterscotch schnapps, apple cider, Mansion mulling spices, and whipped cream.

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