As the holidays approach, our stress level peaks. Brining the turkey, polishing the silver, and convincing your cousin that, no, he can’t invite his Tinder hook-up to Thanksgiving dinner have us wishing for escape. This month, we are taking a break with cocktails that evoke the best of the season without all the resultant headaches.
Bar 1919 — Snow White
The base flavors in 1919’s Snow White may sound like something your mom would use for Thanksgiving dinner, but this isn’t a drink meant to be chugged while watching the football game. House-infused sweet potato and cinnamon Irish whiskey gives an earthy foundation to the citrusy French aperitif Lillet Blanc, spiced up with a bit of ginger. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Blue Box Bar — Stone Fence
Sure, it can be a bummer when the sun sets at 5:30 pm, but the extra bit of dark gives us an excuse to enjoy San Antonio nightlife a bit earlier. Besides, the quicker we can get a Stone Fence — Blue Box Bar's new take on the autumnal classic using rye, spice pear liqueur, apple cider, and cinnamon — the better.
The Bar at Bohanan’s — Don Lockwood
We love camping when the weather gets cooler, but sometimes we want the campfire without the cramped quarters. Named after Gene Kelly’s character in Singing in the Rain, Bohanan’s Don Lockwood is evocative of all the things we like about roughing it — the smoke, the maple syrup in the morning, and especially the bourbon.
The Green Lantern — Drink of the Gods
Like a boozy version of those holiday chocolate orange balls, this stylish speakeasy’s Drink of the Gods combines two of the most festive holiday ingredients into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Vida mezcal is the spirit, adding notes of Aztec chocolate bitters, house orange cordial, cocoa, and orange peel for a cocktail that lives up to its name.
Juniper Tar — Vineyards & Orchards
We are Texan through and through, but we must admit we get a jealous when we see all those idyllic pictures of East Coast apple picking. Luckily, we’re able to keep the doctor away with something far better. This downtown bar's Vineyards & Orchards cocktail is as apple-y as it gets with Calvados apple brandy and apple bitters providing a one-two punch.
Sternewirth — The Spice is Right
Since the San Antonio weather rarely cooperates, we have to seek out our holiday feels elsewhere. With its Kilim rugs and cushy leather furniture, Sternewirth helps us ignore the beating sun and embrace the snuggly feelings of the season — especially when we have The Spice is Right (tequila blanco, ancho verde, roasted bell pepper shrub, rhubarb bitters, grapefruit, cinnamon syrup) in our hand.