Not really in the holiday spirit this year? Having trouble getting those sleigh bells jingling? Or even ring-ting tingling?
You, my friend, likely have a case of Bah Humbug-itis.
In a world of bad news, push alerts and endless social media stupidity there's almost no escaping it. Take heart, though, as there is a cure!
Local mixologists have created multiple holiday libations/elixirs that just may help get you back into the swing of the season.
Let at least one, or all (not at one sitting), of these holiday spirit-infused beverages get you feeling festive.
Charle and Joe's at Love Street:
Served in a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation moose mug with a gingerbread crumb rim and a gingerbread man, the Griswold Cocktail at Lucky Shuck Oyster Bar and Taphouse in Jupiter features cinnamon bitters, demerara syrup, house-made ginger syrup, RumChata liqueur and Irish cream. It's a available through Dec. 31.
Lucky Shuck Oyster Bar and Taphouse: 1116 Love St, Jupiter
Forget the pear tree and just go for the Partridge cocktail at Beacon in Jupiter. With spiced rum, ginger and pear butter, along with fresh lemon and a dehydrated pear, this IS the drink you give your true love. Or if you don't have one, maybe find one or, what the hell, just enjoy yourself and get happy. It's a available through Dec. 31.
Beacon: 1107 Lighthouse Rd, Jupiter
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Faux-Jito, Hawaiian Fizz, Blue My Mind, Island Tea
Just in time for the holidays, Tommy Bahama in Jupiter is offering up Zero Proof Cocktails. Whether you're the designated driver, counting calories, don't want the alcohol or are on your way to a parent/teacher meeting regarding your child's behavior, these drinks offer the opportunity to still drink socially with family and friends. The Faux-Jito combines fresh lime and mint with lemon lime soda. The Hawaiian Fizz mixes pineapple juice, Coco Lopez, simple syrup and soda water. Blue My Mind features a complex blend of ingredients including fresh blueberries, simple syrup, passion fruit juice, freshly squeezed lemonade and a splash of soda. And, finally, the Island Tea combines brewed mango iced tea, orgeat syrup, mint leaves and pineapple juice.
Tommy Bahama located in: Harbourside Place at 126 Soundings Ave, Jupiter
Prosecco Café's holiday cool time in a copper mug features cranberry-infused vodka, muddled mint and spicy ginger beer. Along with their cinnamon-nutmeg-vanilla syrup, the Mistletoe Mule cocktail is like standing under the mistletoe just as the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are walking by. Available at this Palm Beach Gardens hot spot through Jan. 7.
Prosecco Café: 4580 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens
With Absolut Apple Vodka, house-made red sangria and cinnamon spiced apples, this beverage at Prezzo will get your soul warm and maybe even a little fuzzy, but in a good way. Available through Jan. 31 at both the Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens locations.
Prezzo located in PGA Commons: 4520 PGA Boulevard #100, Palm Beach Gardens
This beverage at Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens takes Bowling and Birch Gin and mixes it seamlessly with the flavors of cucumber, basil, lemon and lime for a cocktail that feels fresh as a winter’s day.
Spoto's Oyster Bar located in PGA Commons: 4560 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens
Let Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas take you on a walk through a winter wonderland with the Winter Wonderland cocktail. With a pink sugar rim and a mint candy cane, this magical mix of Ketel One Vodka, Arrow Peppermint Schnapps and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur is pure holiday happiness in a glass. It is available through Jan. 31.
Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas located in PGA Commons: 5080 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
Take in the holidays at City Cellar, one of The Square's merry-making hot spots, with this delicious mix of nutmeg, condensed milk, vanilla extract, and rich, dark rum with a cinnamon rim.
City Cellar located at The Square: 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
Winter in New York, 'Tis the Season Mimosa, Sitting by the Fire
Delray Beach's Lionfish is offering not one, not two, but three ways to ramp up the holiday happiness factor this year. Winter in New York features Angel's Envy bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, a float of pinot noir and all spice. 'Tis the Season Mimosa has fresh cranberry and rosemary puree, simple syrup, lemon juice, champagne and cinnamon sugar mix. Last, but definitely not least, Sitting by the Fire keeps you internally warmed with Grey Goose vodka, espresso, White Godiva liqueur, Frangelico and espresso beans for garnish.
Lionfish: 307 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Death or Glory Bar
Though there are many holiday libations on offer at Delray Beach's Death or Glory bar, this happy threesome of holiday-inspired cocktails represents their staple options. The Christmapolitan is made with vodka elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime and absinthe mist. Bad Santa features mulled red wine with tawny port, orange liqueur and Christmas spices. And the "Die Hard" inspired Yippie Ki Yay Motherf****r!, is a never-say-die mix of Barbados rum, rhum agricole (sugar cane juice rum), Trinidad overproof rum, ube and coconut orgeat, acid-adjusted pineapple juice.
Death or Glory Bar: 116 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach
So have a beverage, take a breath and be kind to people, reach out to those who need help and remember what the holidays are truly about.
This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Cocktails to get you in the holiday spirit