What better way to get in the spirit this season than by savoring a few holiday cocktails? From Town Center to the Oceanfront Districtand everywhere in between, you’ll find Virginia Beach brimming with seasonal cheer from holiday celebrations and events to holiday shopping for everyone on your list. While you’re experiencing all that the season has to offer, here are some festive beverages you’ll find on local menus that will have you feeling merry and bright in no time.
WATERMAN’S SURFSIDE GRILLE
For a taste of Christmas in a drink, order the Cranberry Mule at Waterman's Surfside Grille in the Oceanfront District. Crafted with the Christmas spirit in mind, it’s made with vodka, cranberry juice, fresh squeezed lime and ginger beer, and garnished with cranberries and locally grown rosemary that are reminiscent of holly berries and Christmas tree branches. This refreshing drink is a fun, festive spin on the traditional Mule and pairs perfectly with a warm fire and a twinkling tree.
CHIX ON THE BEACH
Chix on the Beach in the Oceanfront District is a favorite all year long for its prime location and extensive menu of Signature Crushes, so it’s no surprise that its holiday spirits menu serves up seasonal favorites as well. Try the Sugar Cookie, a delicious blend of vanilla-infused Waterman Spirits vodka, Irish Cream, Amaretto and coconut milk that’s sure to kick up your holiday spirit as it satisfies your sweet tooth.
Toddy’s Hot Cousin
Located within Anderson’s Garden Center in Pungo, Sage Kitchen uses fresh ingredients such as fresh-pressed juices that are key to achieving a nice twist on an original. Its menu of seasonal cocktails this year includes Toddy’s Hot Cousin, a tasty blend of Old Grand Dad Bourbon, lemon juice, spiced-honey simple syrup and a cinnamon stick in hot water.
The Festive Muse
THE RALEIGH ROOM
Head to The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club, where you’ll find The Raleigh Room, a sophisticated living room lounge that makes an ideal setting for traditional afternoon tea as well as chic evening cocktails amid live music. Get in the holiday mood by ordering the Festive Muse. Crafted with Coconut-Infused Bacardi Superior, lime juice, simple syrup, coconut milk, mint leaves, and pomegranate arils, it’s a true taste of the holidays.
Frosty the Dirty Snow Man
THE SHACK ON 8TH
If you’re craving the refreshing breezes of an all-outdoor venue, head to the Winter Wonderland at The Shack on 8thin the Oceanfront District. This favorite local event includes a Christmas tree farm, a vendor village and a menu of holiday spirits such as “Frosty the Dirty Snow Man,” a smooth combination of Jim Beam Bourbon Cream, iced coffee and vanilla syrup.
Praline Old Fashioned
The veteran- and women-owned Anchor Allie’s, with locations in the Chesapeake Bay District and Town Center, is a step back in time with its fun retro naval theme. A favorite local spot for breakfast, lunch and brunch, this is a great place to stop by this holiday season to try the Praline Old Fashioned – a tasty twist on an old-fashioned favorite.