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11 Winter Cocktails to Warm Up With

Where in San Francisco to find glogs, nogs, and toddies

Holiday punch at Novela Novela

It might not be quite the same as bellying up to the bar at your favorite neighborhood restaurant for a glass of cheer, but festive cocktails can still help to raise spirits at home. SF bars have had a rough ride this year, with tougher restrictions than restaurants. Still, if there was one silver lining to 2020, it was the easing up of cocktails to go, with creative drinks for takeout and delivery. So, to take the edge off the holidays in lockdown, let’s talk glogs, nogs, and toddies. Here are a dozen festive cocktails available this holiday season in San Francisco.

Brown buttered coffee at the Snug

It would be nicer to cozy up in the snug at the Snug, but the modern cocktail bar in Pac Heights still has strong options to go, including this hot buttered coffee that’s steaming with bourbon, coffee, brown butter, and chestnut, and topped off with a dollop of amaro cream.

Holiday cocktail trio from Macondray Macondray

Holiday cocktail trio from Macondray

That lush new cocktail bar on Polk Street still has spicy margs to go, but will also be offering three cozy cocktails for the holiday season, either boxed together or sold separately. There’s a mulled cider with apple, citrus, black tea, cinnamon, and cloves; a “cranberry pop-a-911” with cranberry and pear; and a pumpkin boulevardier with bourbon, vermouth, amaro, and pie spices. The first two are nonalcoholic, or you can add your own spirits, and the third is a kit. Keep an eye on the site for upcoming pickup dates.

Miracle pop-up at Pacific Cocktail Haven

It’s too hard to pick just one holiday drink at Miracle, that over-the-top pop-up that sets up shop at Pacific Cocktail Haven. While reservations may be cancelled, it’s still possible to step up to the takeout window for a full list of festive cocktails, from “Buddy’s nog” to the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****R!”, served in novelty mugs.

Holiday bottled cocktail trio from Novela

This library-themed bar in SoMa is known for party punches, especially this time of year. They have a holiday package of three bottles: A hot toddy with whiskey, fig, yuzu, cloves, and lemon; the “Kris Kringle” with tequila, passionfruit, pineapple, orange, and lime; and the “Jack Frost” with gin, cranberry, orange, lemon, and spice.

Breakfast punch from Horsefeather

Milk punch is a tried-and-trusted way to get through Christmas morning, which should only prove more necessary this year on Zoom. And Horsefeather neighborhood bar in NoPa has a throwback edition: They’re infusing the milk in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, before lacing it with corn whiskey, Jamaican rums (plural), citrus, and spice.

Irish hot chocolate from Blackbird

Blackbird neighborhood bar in the Castro is getting cozy with four toddies at the top of the menu: A classic hot toddy, a brandywine toddy, a hot buttered rum, and an Irish hot cocoa, complete with whiskey and whipped cream on top.

“Pump up the Cran” from True Laurel

The Mission cocktail authority is jamming with a bright red cranberry cocktail, filled with cranberry liqueur, amontillado, rum, and sage and pumpkin seed oil. But there’s also a nonalcoholic option, the “spice and everything nice,” featuring soothing chamomile and pink peppercorns.

Toddy kit at Casements Casements

Hot toddy kit from Casements

As featured in the Eater SF holiday gift guide, Casements Irish bar is going hard on hampers, giving the gift of belly-warming whiskey. The hot toddy kit is a treat, featuring Redbreast whiskey, infused honey, and dried citrus slices.

“Beach blanket” from White Cap

The Sunset bar with a warm hearth specializes in drinks that can revive surfers and beach goers. This year, they’ve got a hot coconut cocktail brimming with Scotch, rum, sherry, almond orgeat, and chai spices, and topped with whipped cream.

Mulled wine kit from Lord Stanley

The star restaurant in Nob Hill is still open for takeout business from the hot-pink pickup window, and in addition to the rotation of family meals, is offering a mulled wine kit complete with red wine, juice, spices, and orange slices studded with cloves. Check out the holiday shop for more festive bottles.

Egg nog from Scoma’s Scoma’s

Vintage egg nog from Scoma’s

But for those who really crave the classic, Scoma’s, the seafood restaurant in Fishermen’s Wharf, is coming through with old-school eggnog. Made with rum, cognac, sherry, creme anglaise, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, they say it’s aged for a year.

Horsefeather

528 Divisadero Street, , CA 94117 (415) 817-1939 Visit Website

True Laurel

753 Alabama Street, , CA 94110 (415) 341-0020 Visit Website

Novela

662 Mission Street, , CA 94105 (415) 896-6500 Visit Website

Scoma's Restuarant

1965 Al Scoma Way, , CA 94133 (415) 771-4383 Visit Website

Casements Bar

2351 Mission Street, , CA 94110 (415) 658-7320 Visit Website

White Cap

3608 Taraval Street, , CA 94116 (415) 682-4215 Visit Website

Pacific Cocktail Haven

580 Sutter Street, , CA 94108 Visit Website

Macondray

2209 Polk Street, , CA 94109 (415) 829-3464 Visit Website

Blackbird Bar

2124 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 503-0630 Visit Website

Lord Stanley

2065 Polk Street, , CA 94109 (415) 872-5512 Visit Website

The Snug

2301 Fillmore Street, , CA 94115 Visit Website

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