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The Envoy Christmas Cocktail
Photograph: Courtesy The Envoy The Envoy's Bejewelled Frost

The best festive cocktails in Hong Kong to try this Christmas season

Boozy drinks guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.

By Time Out Hong Kong
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It's the holiday season, and while we've all had a rough year, there are still things worth celebrating. Whether you prefer to eat, drink, and be merry in sophisticated settings or more casual digs, we've got you covered. Though some of our favourite drinking joints are temporarily closed, a lot of bars with catering permits and restaurants have prepared festive cocktails to add some cheer to the winter season. Check out some of the best spots to have a festive tipple or two. 

RECOMMENDED: For festive feasts, check out our guide to Christmas lunches and dinners in Hong Kong

Zuma Christmas Cocktail
Zuma Christmas Cocktail
Photograph: Courtesy Zuma

Zuma

Restaurants Japanese Central

Head over to Japanese restaurant, Zuma, to celebrate the festive season. Lorenzo Coppola, Zuma's new bar manager, was inspired by Christmas lights for their Christmas-limited cocktail, Christmas Piña ($140), which is a take on the classic Piña Colada. This blue concoction of white rum, pineapple, clarified coconut cream, with a hint of yuzu will surely fill you with the festive spirit. For hearty feasts and celebrations, Zuma's sumptuous holiday offerings include the Christmas Weekend Brunch from December 25 to 27, which includes two and a half hours of free-flowing Champagne, an opulent one-night-only New Year's Eve Premium Tasting Menu, and admission to an extravagant New Year's Eve countdown party with free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne to ring in the new year.

The Envoy
The Envoy
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The Envoy

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Central

Have a Dickensian Christmas at The Envoy. The colonial-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant look to literary great Charles Dickens for inspiration for their holiday menu. The seasonal cocktail menu crafted by The Envoy's team, led by bar manager Hungie Fong, drew on Dickens' David Copperfield novel for Bejewelled Frost ($120), a heady mix of whisky infused with clove, beetroot juice, lemongrass syrup, ginger cordial, apple vinegar, garnished with dehydrated beetroot. A Tale of Two Cities' characters Sydney Carton and C.J. Stryver were the inspiration for the two-part whisky cocktail The Lion & The Jackal ($170), where guests first drink from the glass and bottle separately before mixing the two, an interesting experience that cocktail lovers would enjoy.

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Amalfitana
Amalfitana
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Amalfitana

Restaurants Italian Repulse Bay

Amalfitana, the artisan pizza bar that draws inspiration from Italy's Amalfi Coast, has come up with winter cocktails that perfectly complement their festive three-course menu for the holiday season. Bombardino ($120), which means 'the bomb' in Italian, is made with brandy, Advocaat (a traditional Dutch liquor made from eggs, sugar, and brandy), and whipped cream. This winter cocktail resembles eggnog and will warm you up on a cool evening. They're also offering another Christmas classic, mulled wine ($110), a delicious mix of wine, spices, and fruit that's bursting with holiday flavour.

LPM Restaurant & Bar's winter specials
LPM Restaurant & Bar's winter specials
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LPM Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants French Central

H Queen’s French Mediterranean restaurant La Petite Maison has prepared a range of winter à la carte dishes along with a winter-themed cocktail to warm you up for the cooler days ahead. Head chef Maurizio Pace and his team created a decadent menu featuring a pumpkin risotto with cepes ($248), grilled blue lobster ($488), and grilled whole turbot ($1200) which can be washed down with the seasonal cocktail Le Rambault ($125) made with Calvados, dry curaçao, spiced apple compote, lemon juice, garnished with cinnamon sugar.

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Christmas cocktails at Terrible Baby
Christmas cocktails at Terrible Baby
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Terrible Baby

Bars and pubs Jordan

Rooftop bar Terrible Baby is gearing up for the Christmas season by offering two festive cocktails to usher in holiday cheer. Crafted by bar manager Axel Gonzalez, the menu features a Woodfire Cocktail ($85) – made with mezcal, amaretto, coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee, and homemade chilli syrup, served with toasted marshmallow – and Coquito ($85) – which translates to 'little coconut', and is prepared with a blend of white and spiced rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, condensed milk, cinnamon, cloves, and pink peppercorns. Both cocktails are available throughout December.

Fratelli
Fratelli
Photograph: Courtesy Amalfitana

Fratelli

Restaurants Italian Repulse Bay

Head over to Fratelli to sample a delectably sinful chocolate mulled wine ($110) made by bar manager Samundra Shreesh. This intoxicating treat is the ultimate holiday drink. If you want to indulge in some Italian food, Fratelli also offers a festive five-course menu ($1,088) that comes with bubbly Prosecco and masala chai hot toddy to cap off the sumptuous feast and warm you up after your meal.

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Clyde Common Eggnog
Clyde Common Eggnog
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The Pontiac

Bars and pubs Soho

Hong Kong's famed New York-style rock n' roll dive bar The Pontiac (#35 on Asia's Best Bars and #61 on The World's Best Bars 2020 extended lists), has a selection of soul-soothing libations in store for this year's holiday season. Channel your inner rockstar and sample their classic Hobnail (rye whiskey, ginger syrup, Amaro Averna, lemon, Angostura bitters, and orange oil), Clyde Common Eggnog, and 5 Spice Mulled Wine. You'll feel the hardcore holiday spirit after a round of those delicious drinks.  

Lee Lo Mei Christmas Cocktail
Lee Lo Mei Christmas Cocktail
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Lee Lo Mei

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Central

Lean into the nostalgia of the holiday season over at Lee Lo Mei. The retro dining establishment that harkens back to Hong Kong's past through inventive interpretations of Hong Kong cuisine has come up with a Festive Special Sacred Beast Dinner tasting menu ($680), a six-course dinner inspired by the ancient mythology Classic of Mountains and Seas. Get into the holiday spirit and try out Lee Lo Mei's traditional mulled wine ($118) which is available from December 14 to 31.

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Stockton
Stockton
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Stockton

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Central

The not-so-secret whisky bar, Stockton, has come up with a comforting libation for holiday revellers. The bar offers their rendition of the rich classic eggnog, The North Pole Nog, for cocktail enthusiasts looking to indulge in something familiar done in a new spin.

Matcha Mousse
Matcha Mousse
Photograph: Courtesy Bar De Luxe

Bar De Luxe

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Central

Have a touch of Japanese flavour mixed with holiday flair. Japanese cocktail bar Bar De Luxe serves up the creamy and comforting Matcha Mousse to celebrate the festive season. Made with Maru Matcha, chestnut liqueur, and cream, this delightful drink will get even the Christmas sceptics into the holiday spirit.

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The French Window
The French Window
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The French Window

Restaurants French Central

Who says celebrating the holidays is a nighttime thing? Head over to The French Window from Thursdays to Sundays, so you don't miss out on their limited edition Marché de Noël afternoon tea set ($628 for two) which you can upgrade with a boozy Christmas treat (additional $68 per glass for the set or $98 per single order), featuring cocktails Golden X’mas, Thousand X’mas Songs, Party Room, and Magic Club available now until January 3, 2021.

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