Part of the fun of the different seasons is what they bring to your palate. Whether talking about seasonal foods or merry beverages, the senses are happy with an influx of new spices and scents. Typical smells, tastes and scents for the fall or winter seasons include cinnamon, eggnog, gingerbread, pumpkin, ginger and cloves. Some of the top bars in Philly will have seasonal drinks available once fall rears its colorful head. Then you can give thanks for some tasty drinks with a bit of merry in them.
Twenty Manning Grill
261 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Twenty Manning Grill is a Philadelphia Magazine “Best Of” restaurants winner , so you’ll not only get delicious holiday drinks but a fabulous holiday meal. One of the restaurant’s more popular hot holiday drinks is the Café Canela, one of many liquor-infused coffee drinks the bar serves. Café Canela uses locally-produced Snap Liquor, Liquor 43 and Siembra Azul Blanco, producing a sweet but smoky/earthy taste with the flavors of vanilla, gingerbread and a hint of citrus.
1091 Lancaster Ave.
Berwyn, PA 19312
Nectar serves up an apple cider martini made of bourbon, sparkling apple cider, caramel and cinnamon. This drink is for those who like a little more alcohol in their cup combined with warm fall flavors. This martini is bound to enhance your holiday season alone, but if you are hungry for some food, you can also enjoy Nectar’s Asian fusion-style food. And for those with gluten sensitivity or intolerance, Nectar also has a gluten-free menu available.
Base of Society Hill Towers
237 St. James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Zahav combines authentic Israeli flavors with holiday flair in its Jerusalem cocktail. This cocktail is made from lychee fruit, pomegranate and sparkling wine. If this combination of tart and sweet isn’t your thing, Zahav has one of the largest Israeli wine lists in the city. Zahav has not only been recognized as one of the most authentic restaurants in the city by critics and food bloggers, but also as one of the best — many stated that a meal at Zahav is one of the best they’ve ever had.
4382 Main St.
Manayunk, PA 19127
Zesty’s serves up a nice variety of holiday drinks that will bring about some good old’ fashioned yuletide feelings. Between warm apple cider, bourbon punches or, for the sweet tooth, peppermint chocolate martinis, you will have a lot to choose from. But perhaps the most decadent is the Black Forest, which mixes up Patron Café, raspberry vodka, Chambord and cream. It’s pretty much a dessert in a glass that will leave you feeling just a bit merrier. Zesty’s also has a full menu of food that will help you absorb some of those specialty drinks.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
McGillin’s opened its doors in 1860 and has been serving up drinks and food for longer than any other bar in Philadelphia. Only here can you get the Pumpkin Bomb, which mixes in pumpkin ale, rum and Pumpkin Smash liqueur — just what you need when dealing with some of the more challenging family events. McGillin’s also serves up pumpkin martinis, hot apple cider with Captain Morgan and Snowshoes, made with hot chocolate and butterscotch liqueur.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.