Holiday Hits

Holiday hits: Top 5 spirits of the Holiday Season

 As the holidays roll in, Chicagoans add on layers of clothing, spend money on holiday treats, and prepare for winter storms every other week.  So make sure to stock your cupboard with seasonal treats and don’t forget the spirits as you indulge this season.

The Holiday hits: Top 5 spirits of the Holiday Season are Gin, Vodka, Bourbon/Whiskey, Rum, and Champagne (Yes, I know technically its not a spirit but it makes a luxurious cocktail, so I added it anyways).

Gin is great during the winter months because it has aromatic hints of juniper, anise, and cardamom that are ever present in your holiday ham or turkey.

Champagne-based cocktails are perfect because their bubbly character help ring in the New Year.

-The blustery cold winds and freezing temperatures develop a desire for the warming goodness of brown spirits: bourbon/whiskey with their warm spices and dried fruit flavors.

-Probably the most popular is vodka; it’s versatile and can easily be enjoyed in a shot or cocktail. Dress it up with flavored liqueurs and garnish with sugar or dried fruits; vodka is a mainstay of the holiday season.

Rum tends to make you think of the beach but it also can warm your soul in the winter. Mixed with pumpkin vodka and a hint of cinnamon sugar; rum may become your go to spirit this year.

So I encourage you this holiday season to change it up!  Stop in at Lloyd’s Chicago before heading to Chicago’s Union Station or after a busy work day in Chicago’s Loop for a taste of the Holiday Hits: TOP 5 spirits of the holiday season.  Here are few of the BEST holiday cocktail recipes that you can try at home!

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1. Gin:  Tis the season cranberry cocktail

1 part gin

1 part cranberry juice

dash of lemon juice

club soda

Cranberries to garnish

2. Vodka:  Cherry bomb shot

1 part red liquorice vodka

1 part cherry schnapps

Sugar rim


3. Bourbon/whiskey:  White XMAS

1 ½ parts bourbon

½ part crème e Cocoa white Liqueur

½ part Hazelnut Liqueur

Chocolate shavings

Whipped cream

4. Rum:  Pumpkin pie shot

1 part pumpkin pie vodka

1 part velvet cinnamon rum

cinnamon sugar rim


5. Champagne:  The Grinch

½ part melon liqueur

champagne, dry

Exploring the sights and sounds at Chicago’s Riverwalk, Skydeck Chicago, or the Cadillac Palace this season then stop in at Lloyd’s Chicago across from the Lyric Opera house for some holiday spirits that will surely make your day merry & bright!  Want craft beer or wine instead, check out our extensive craft beer and wine menu to see all of your options: Wishing you the joy of family, the gift of friends and the best of everything for the New Year! Happy Holidays! See you soon!