Cover Get in the Christmas spirit with these festive drinks (Photo: Hjem)

Get in the Christmas spirit with these festive drinks on hand, whether you’re looking for traditional mulled wines, innovative drinks that even Santa can’t refuse or warm drinks that remind you of home

The most wonderful time of the year is here and we’re sure that you must be busy preparing for the holiday season, whether it’s Christmas decorating, staycations, afternoon tea, Christmas markets and displays, candles, hampers and of course, the festive dining. What better way to make the holiday merrier than with a festive drink at hand?

Ring in the Christmas and holiday season with these festive cocktails. From traditional mulled wines, innovative drinks that even Santa can’t refuse or warm drinks that remind you of home, there’s something that will surely get you in the festive spirit.

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1. Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour is not only inviting you to enjoy its festive drinks but to also give back this holiday season. Each HK$10 from the sale of every limited edition festive cocktail is going to Mind HK, a mental health charity. One of the two drinks is Dr. Fern’s Toddy with Christmas Gin, a warm cocktail that aims to evoke the feelings of a traditional Christmas market stroll. It’s combined with cinnamon and clove syrup, ginger honey, hot water and lemon juice.

The other drink is the colourful Dr. Fern’s Blackberry G&T with Blackberry Gin Jelly which pairs inky Tarquin’s black British gin with London essence rosemary and grapefruit tonic. Only 10 servings of each cocktail are available at the hidden speakeasy so be sure to enjoy this festive tipple before it gets sold out.

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, first basement floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong,

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2. Darkside

Rosewood’s Darkside is offering two festive cocktails this month: Lost in the Toddy and All the Way Mulled Wine. The former is inspired by the iconic classic Hot Toddy and is a flavourful mix of Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie whisky, biscotti, lemon, apple, ginger, chamomile and cinnamon tea.

Meanwhile, the latter is inspired by the classic mulled wine and is made of the iconic Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, Visciolata del Cardinale wine, spices and ginger. All the Christmas cocktails will be available until the first of January so you can even ring in the new year with these drinks on hand.

Darkside, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong,

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3. Foxglove

Foxglove, the jazz lounge in the heart of Central, is paying homage to Santa’s “favourite drink” with its exclusive Christmas Special Mulled Cider. This specially curated mulled wine concoction adds a new premium twist to the classic Christmas staple—comprising of Frank’s mulled wine, dark ale, shiraz, refreshing apple cider and orange for cordial.

For an extra sprinkle of festive vibe, Foxglove’s mixologists added aromatic cinnamon sticks, a hint of cardamom, cloves, star anise, spicy ginger juice, fresh orange peel topped off with a vanilla pod. The festive drink is only available in limited portions until December 31.

Foxglove, 2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

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4. Terrible Baby

Terrible Baby, Eaton’s eclectic cocktail bar and terrace, boasts two festive cocktails created especially for the season. The Sinterklass pays homage to the Netherland’s historical Saint Nicholas and its intended to deliver joy, love and Christmas energy to those who take a sip. It’s made with fat-washed salted caramel dark rum and vanilla bitter.

Meanwhile, the Krampus is inspired by the horned figure in Central and Eastern Alpine folklore—Santa Claus’ nemesis as it’s believed to scare children who have misbehaved. Legend has it that Krampus aged coconut-infused whisky, coffee liqueur, pandan and cold brew coffee and this devilish cocktail looks as fiery as its namesake.

Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon,

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5. Hjem

Just like its name, Nordic cafe Hjem (which translates to ‘home’ in Norwegian) wants to create a welcoming home away from home—so this winter, they are offering two warm drinks: mulled wine and gingerbread latte. The drinks complement the new Norweigan-inspired specials in their menu such as the waffles and the pumpkin smørrebrød.

The mulled wine is made of five spice-infused Malbec with citrus peel and apricot brandy and is served warm. The gingerbread latte feels like the comfort drink you need this season, made of Christmas spices and a fresh grating of nutmeg.

Hjem, 161 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, +852 2369 9193,

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6. Club Rangoon

Another festive drink that’s close to home is Club Rangoon’s Eain Pyan Chain, which in Burmese means “heading home.” During this pandemic and continued travel restrictions, many aren’t able to see their families so Club Rangoon is ready to welcome all those in and give them a festive cocktail that feels like home.

The negroni-based drink is sweetened with vanilla and chocolate and topped off with a layer of fluffy foam. As if that’s not enough, it also contains noodles gin, Campari, Maidenii sweet vermouth, Tempus fugit creme de cacao, Monin vanilla syrup, coca chocolate and lemon juice.

Club Rangoon, G/F, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2503 3077,

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7. Candour

The team at Candour wanted to go down a different route when it comes to traditional mulled wine and created a sweet cocktail that even Santa might love. I'm in Love With the Cocoa uses SelvaRey rum which was recently launched by R&B singer Bruno Mars and Mando-pop star, Jay Chou. Just like the brand itself, the drink also wants to bridge music and the festivities happening this year.

Other ingredients include chocolate negroni finished with a fresh serving of dark chocolate, Aperol, Avena and Cocchi di Torino.

Candour, 65 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2362 8100,

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