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Best Holiday Drink Ideas From DFW Mixologists

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The holidays promise the perfect excuse to curl up by a fire with a warm, delicious drink, alone or with family and friends. It is also a great time for throwing holiday parties. Whether alone on a cold night or serving a room full of guests, take advantage of a few new creations by Dallas/Fort Worth mixologists that are sure to please any taste buds, not to mention pick up a party.


The People's Last Stand
5319 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 210
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-8755

Kartik Rathore opened The People's Last Stand, specifically to wow you with great drinks. The bar, which is located in Mockingbird Station, makes new drinks at every turn, and mixes drinks that were popular decades ago. It is a good place to chat with friends and sip something new from the long list of drink possibilities.

Boston Warmer
1.5 oz Courvoisier cognac VS
1.5 oz Appleton Estate VX
.5 oz hibiscus tea syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
hot water

This drink combines cognac, Jamaican rum, lemon juice and hibiscus tea syrup (a hibiscus tea-infused simple syrup) with hot water. Kartik Rathore, owner of The People's Last Stand, points out that this drink is meant to warm you from the inside out in the cold winter weather. For optimal taste, make sure to use very hot water as if making tea. It stands on its own, but can also go with soft desserts like cookies or cake.

Irish Coffee
2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
brown sugar

Although Irish coffee is a popular drink, this one adds a little something more to the typical recipe. It starts with a cup of coffee and Bushmills Irish whiskey. Sprinkle it with a little brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Again, this drink was created to warm whoever sips it, so pour these ingredients into fresh, hot coffee.

Dutch Leaf
1.5 oz Ford's Gin
.5 oz Snap Liqueur
.5 oz Allspice Dram
.5 oz Demerara Syrup
coffee beans
ground nutmeg

For this drink, Rathore combines gin, Ford's Gin to be exact, Snap, a gingersnap liqueur, Allspice Dram, an allspice liqueur, and simple syrup, specifically Demerara syrup. Stir, don't shake this one Rathore instructs. Then sprinkle it with a few coffee beans and ground nutmeg. This gingersnap drink is meant to be sipped.

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The Round-Up Saloon
3912 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-9611

Chocolate Martini
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part Kahlua
1 part Frangelico
1 part Amaretto
1 part Irish cream

Harold Smith, a bartender at the Round-Up Saloon, makes an especially sweet and flavorful chocolate martini. It combines vanilla vodka, Kahlua, coffee liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, almond liqueur and Irish cream. Shake all of these ingredients and pour them into a chilled martini glass. It is sweet enough to be dessert on its own, but Smith suggests possibly pairing it with a warm cookie, brownie or piece of cake if you like. Harold Smith has been at The Round-Up Saloon for a year and a half, but has 13 years of experience creating and serving drinks. Smith worked non-stop to serve the steady stream of costumers as he divulged these recipes, pouring drinks, making change and pushing buttons as the smell of tequila wafted from the blender. The Round-Up Saloon is located on Cedar Springs and has been around since 1980. It is a place to line dance, two-step or just hang out with friends and have a couple of drinks.

Harold's Holiday Special
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part Amaretto
1 part Frangelico
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree mix
milk to taste

The first step in making this drink is to create the pumpkin puree mix. To do so, take one can of pumpkin, one teaspoon of melted butter, four or five shakes of cinnamon, three shakes of vanilla extract and two tablespoons brown sugar. Cook all of these ingredients on the stove until they're combined and hot. Refrigerate overnight before mixing with the alcohol. This drink may be served warm or over ice.  To serve it warm, simply mix the hot pumpkin puree with alcohol and milk right off the stove, and enjoy. Smith said he is actually not a fan of pumpkin, so he sometimes makes the drink with sweet potato instead.  With either orange vegetable though, this is a great drink for house parties.

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Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at


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