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Best Holiday Cocktails in Orange County

By Marian Bacol-Uba

The holidays are filled with good food, family, gifts, mistletoe and… spiked eggnog?! Sure, there are many holiday inspired coffees and hot chocolates, however, add a little liquor and the holidays just may get a bit merrier. Here are some seasonal holiday inspired cocktails from a few Orange County restaurants.

White Christmas Martini (credit: Wildfish Seafood Grille)

Wildfish Seafood Grille offers not just one but TWELVE "Drinks of Christmas" to make your HO-HO-Holidays a little more jolly. Below are two and others include The Disgruntled Elf, Five Golden Rings, Candy Cane, and more.

White Christmas Martini – Stoli Vanilla, Amaretto Disaronno, cream, orange slice garnish

Pumpkin Pie Martini – Captain Morgan, Pumpkin Liqueur, splash of cream

Haven Gastropub in Orange uses a house-made Peppermint Eggnog in their December specialty cocktail.

House-made Peppermint Eggnog – Bulleit Bourbon, fresh whipped cream, cinnamon

LUCCA Eggnog (credit: LUCCA Cafe)

LUCCA only serves beer and wine at their restaurant so they put their own creative spin on Eggnog. Dessert wine plus a shot of eggnog.

Ben Rye Passito Dessert Wine – shot Ben Rye followed by a shot of house-made Eggnog

Bar Louie at the Anaheim Garden Walk makes a not-so-typical hot chocolate to warm you up in this chilly winter weather.

Hot Chocoholic – Godiva chocolate liqueur, Baileys Irish crème, Hot coco mix, Whip cream

Jack Frost – Van Gogh double espresso vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, Baileys Irish crème, crushed candy cane

Holiday Sangria (credit: McCormick & Schmicks Grill)

In the mood for something a bit more fruity? McCormick & Schmicks Grill also at the Anaheim Garden Walk serves a special holiday sangria.

Holiday Sangria – Stoli Vanil Vodka, Simple Syrup, Fresh Pressed Apple Juice, Blackstone Merlot, Pinch of Cinnamon garnished with a cinnamon stick and lemon wedge

Sparkling Star (credit: Fleming's Steakhouse)

Fleming's Sparkling Star champagne cocktail is a great way to toast the holidays. Cheers!

Sparkling Star Champagne Cocktail – Cointreau, chilled POM pomegranate juice, topped with icy cold Chandon étoile brut


Marian Bacol-Uba is the Director of Marketing for Six Taste, the largest food tour and events company in Los Angeles. You can follow her eating and drinking adventures on She's also on Twitter & Facebook. For comments, questions and feedback, you can email her at "Life is too short not to Eat Well."

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