The Sleigh Shed at St. Louis Union Station offers creative holiday cocktails in a festive setting.

Holiday Cocktails for Toasting the Season in St. Louis

Monday November 13, 2023

By Rachel Huffman

Feeling festive? Toast the season with these over-the-top, limited-edition holiday cocktails, available at top-notch hotels, restaurants and bars in St. Louis.

Clausmopolitan at Angad Arts Hotel

Thirteen stories above the Grand Center Arts District, All I Want: The Queen of Christmas Pop-Up will take over the rooftop bar at Angad Arts Hotel beginning on Nov. 24. Dazzling visitors with its glitzy aesthetic, the pop-up experience will make you feel like you’re in a bona fide Christmas music video, complete with champagne and silver decorations, white fur accents and festive photo opportunities. Treat yourself to a seasonal cocktail while you’re here. The Clausmopolitan, in particular, will brighten your day with lemon and basil vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and lime. Bottoms up!

Santa’s Little Helper at Anthonino’s Taverna

Since the Espresso Martini craze began last year, Anthonino’s Taverna has leaned into its own creamy concoction – which gets a twist this time of year. Santa’s Helper dresses the housemade Nitro Espresso Martini with peppermint whipped cream and crumbled peppermint bark. The boozy cocktail also comes with a miniature gingerbread man sitting on the rim.

Holiday Cocktail Tree at Casa Don Alfonso

Elevated Southern Italian eatery Casa Don Alfonso has created four winter-inspired cocktails this year, and two of each adorn the Holiday Cocktail Tree. Rudolph features burnt rosemary gin, crème de mûre and lemon juice, while The Grinch spotlights tequila infused with bell pepper and basil. Santa’s Return blends Baileys Irish Cream, Disaronno Velvet, Earl Grey tea syrup and chocolate bitters, and North Star combines Amrut Two Indies Rum, Amaro Nonino, maple spice syrup and orange bitters. If you find a favorite, the cocktails are available for individual purchase, as well.

Sweater Weather at Cinder House

Atop the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, bold aromas of South American fare waft from open-flame grills at Cinder House. The cocktail menu reflects similar themes with concoctions such as Peruvian Sunset (pisco, orange blossom tea, lemon, honey, peach and cinnamon) and New York in Brazil (cognac, rum, banana, vermouth and black walnut bitters). For a beverage geared towards the holidays, however, we recommend Sweater Weather (pumpkin vodka, RumChata, cinnamon and cream).

Rooty Morgan Float at Fitz’s

Not suitable for children, Fitz’s signature holiday cocktail is a boozy take on a root beer float. It combines Fitz’s root beer, vanilla ice cream and spiced rum for an extra indulgent experience. To see the iconic soda being brewed on the company’s vintage bottling line, head to Fitz’s restaurant in the Delmar Loop.

The Mean One at Hayden’s Irish Pub

A Grinch-green cocktail awaits at Hayden’s Irish Pub in downtown St. Louis. Made with crème de cacao, crème de menthe, coffee and eggnog, The Mean One will make even the grumpiest people smile.

Cranberry Mule at the Marriott St. Louis Grand

The cranberry mule at the Marriott St. Louis Grand will put you in a holiday state of mind. Made with vodka, cranberry juice, ginger beer and lime – plus, a garnish of fresh cranberries and limes – you can relish a round at the lively bar in the hotel lobby.

Casa Don Alfonso serves a holiday cocktail tree with four different drinks on it.
Holiday Cocktail Tree at Casa Don Alfonso | Photo by Cassidy Hintz

Partridge in a Pear Tree at Molly’s in Soulard

Outrageous décor, Christmas costumes, themed menus and holiday tunes – this is LIT, a seasonal pop-up experience at Molly’s in Soulard. As you embrace the festive atmosphere, enjoy one of the 12 drinks of LITmas. We’re partial to Partridge in a Pear Tree, featuring Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh pear purée, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon and a Champagne float. If you’re looking for an elf-size drink – in other words, a full-size shot – try Gingerbread Man with Bird Dog Gingerbread Flavored Whiskey and RumChata or Caramel Apple with Licor 43, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker and Smirnoff Kissed Caramel.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Moonrise Hotel

In the Twilight Room atop the Moonrise Hotel, you can slurp a spicy, bitter, green cocktail aptly named How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Made with mango-chile rum and melon liqueur and garnished with a sprig of sage and a succulent cranberry, the concoction is served ice-cold like the Grinch’s heart.

St. Louis Weather at Peacock Diner

As temperatures continue to drop, we recommend warming up with a rum cocktail – or two – at Peacock Diner in the Delmar Loop. St. Louis Weather features Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Bacardí Silver, Cruzan 151, ginger beer and lime juice. The local haunt also has an extensive menu with burgers, salads, housemade pies and more, along with a full bar and seasonal taps.

Smoked Apple Pie Old Fashioned at Robie’s

A scintillating ambience, elevated eats, creative cocktails and live music make Robie’s a haunt for residents and visitors alike. Located inside the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, the restaurant and lounge will also serve up celebratory cocktails until the end of the year. For the Smoked Apple Pie Old Fashioned, bar manager Zac Trevaskis infuses Four Roses Yellow Label with apples, cinnamon and several secret ingredients. The bourbon is stirred with black walnut bitters, poured over a big ice cube and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Bourbon Hot Toddy at The Chalet

Enjoy cozy luxury at The Chalet perched on the sky-high deck of Le Méridien St. Louis Clayton. With exclusive indoor-outdoor experiences, it serves as the ultimate winter escape. At the outdoor pop-up bar, try your hand at curling for $50 per hour, gather around a fire pit and savor seasonal bites and sips such as goat cheese truffles, barbecue pork sliders, warm mulled wine and smoky hot chocolate. For a surefire way to get the chill out of your bones, order a bourbon hot toddy.

Gingerbread Ice Cream Martini at The Fountain on Locust

Home of the ice cream martini, The Fountain on Locust is a St. Louis staple and the perfect place to dine before a night out in the Grand Center Arts District. With Cedar Crest deluxe vanilla ice cream, crème de cacao dark, Big O Ginger Liqueur and a dash of cinnamon, the limited-edition Gingerbread Ice Cream Martini makes for a memorable sip this season.

Just Beclaus at The Sleigh Shed

For the holiday season, The Train Shed at St. Louis Union Station has been transformed into The Sleigh Shed, St. Louis’ shiniest pop-up cocktail experience. The Sleigh Shed boasts bling, baubles and creative cocktails, including Just Beclaus with vanilla vodka, Aperol, Abricot du Roussillon liqueur, cream, simple syrup, lemon and egg white. Don’t wait – gather a group, secure a table and lose yourself in this wonderland of whimsy.

Noggy & Nice at Three Sixty

Befitting the scene at Up on The Rooftop – the holiday pop-up bar at Three Sixty – Noggy & Nice mixes Kentucky bourbon, Hennessey, eggnog and black fig syrup. Pair it with seasonal small plates such as mushroom arancini, smoked salmon chips and birria tacos. Given the drinks, dishes and glittering decorations, guests can’t help but feel merry and bright.