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Sip Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

By Kenda Williams
Guest Blogger for Visit Savannah

One of my all-time favorite holiday movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s a family tradition of mine to watch this film at least 20 times during the holiday season.

There’s a scene in the beginning of the film where Clark Griswold and his family are freezing cold from trudging through the snow in the wintry wilderness, and they finally found the “perfect” Christmas tree.

“The most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thspirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath,” Clark says, with a lisp because they’re all frozen from their journey to find the tree.

I would amend that quote to say the most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed when embracing a holiday cocktail or festive brew! This would be especially important if you have a family that’s anything like the Griswolds, which many of us do.

Luckily Savannah has a lot to offer when it comes to holiday drinks that can help us celebrate. Several downtown restaurants and bars have brought out seasonal spirits and beers that put the “ho ho ho” in holiday drinks.

Grandpa Griswold had it right. When Clark asked him how he got through the holidays in the past, he said: “I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels.” Go help yourself to some of Savannah’s festive holiday libations, and sip yourself a merry little Christmas!

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
When you come to Lulu’s in search of a good cocktail, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. It’s all exceptional. They have several specially-concocted holiday libations that you simply must try if you’re in the mood for something festive.

Here are a few to sample: The Gingerbread Martini is made with citron vodka and Monin gourmet gingerbread syrup. The Lulu’s Takes Manhattan is made with Maker’s Mark, St. Germain, Grand Marnier, bitters, and brandied cherries. They also have an assortment of warm drinks. The Hot Toddy is made with bourbon, tea, cloves, and sugar cubes or honey. They also have a Tipsy Hot Chocolate made with hot chocolate, praline pecan liqueur, and topped with whipped cream. For those with a sweet tooth, Lulu’s also offers a case full of desserts from which to choose, like their Gingerbread Cake with brandied mascarpone frosting.

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK Jr. Blvd., (912) 238-2012

The Distillery
My favorite spot downtown to get some delicious craft beer in a fun, friendly atmosphere is The Distillery. They have 21 rotating taps, which change from week to week, and they are ready for the holidays with Christmasy brews!

Beers like Winter Solstice from Anderson Valley are sure to make the holidays merrier and brighter. They’ve also been pouring 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, Goose Island Mild Winter, Highland Cold Mountain, RJ Rockers First Snow, and many others. Also, expect to see winter seasonal beers like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine, and Fresh-Hop beers like Sierra Nevada Celebration, Terrapin So Fresh, and So Green Green.

Not only does The Distillery have great craft beers, but they also have cocktails and are working on dark liquor-based infusions. They will soon have Caramel Apple Bushmills and Vanilla Bean Jim Beam.

The Distillery, 416 West Liberty St., (912) 236-1772

Andaz Savannah’s 22 Square Bar
Andaz Savannah is a fairly new addition to downtown Savannah. Once known as the Avia Hotel, they also have a new restaurant and bar called 22 Square. They developed a great cocktail menu full of flavorful libations to please just about any palate. Right around Christmas, they plan on coming up with a few special drinks. They have 10-15 cocktails on their regular menu. Stop in around Christmas and check out what holiday libations they’ve come up with.

Andaz Savannah’s 22 Square Bar, 14 Barnard St., (912) 233 2116

The Bohemian’s Rocks on the Roof
Known for their great views that overlook the Savannah River and River Street, Rocks on the Roof touts a delicious assortment of cocktails worthy of a celebration. Last year, for the holidays, they had a Candycane Martini that was out of this world amazing! This year they’re promoting their Peartree Cocktail, which is playing off of “Partridge in a Peartree” from the classic carol “12 Days of Christmas.” It’s made with Smirnoff Pear vodka, St-Germain, fresh lemon juice and served in a cocktail glass with a sugared rim.

The Bohemian’s Rocks on the Roof, 102 West Bay St., (912) 721-3800

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