Holiday drinks spice up holiday spirits at Uptown bars
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 12, 2012 22:11
With the weather getting colder, the holiday cheer is finally in the air in Oxford. To celebrate, Oxford bars have been serving up festive drinks to the community with hopes to spread the excitement of the season.
Bar and restaurant 45 East is one of the places that has been offering festive drinks for years. And while some come and go, the festive favorites remain.
Heather Martin, service and bar manager, said she plays around with different liquors to create her drinks, letting employees and customers sample them and help improve the recipes.
“I’ve been doing Thanksgiving-themed pumpkin and apple pie shots for a few years now,” Martin said. “The success of these inspired me to make more holiday drinks.”
Martin said that this year 45 East will be making Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Jingle Ball shots specials for $3.
“45 has great deals on the holidays shots,” first-year Maura Colwell said. “It makes them that much sweeter.”
According to Martin, 45 is also serving a new mixed drink, Loaded Chuck, made from Woodchuck Cider Beer and Caramel Smirnoff vodka.
Another bar that has holiday-inspired drink options is Skipper’s Pub.
As year-round carriers of Great Lakes Ale, Skipper’s Pub is proud to offer Great Lakes Christmas Ale, an annual tradition, according to General Manager Mark Johnson.
While they are also expecting to serve Candy Cane shots and Leinenkugel Vanilla Porter, Johnson said Great Lakes Christmas Ale is their number one crowd pleaser.
According to Johnson, it is particularly popular among students from Cleveland, where Great Lakes Ale is brewed because it is a taste of their hometown. However, because it is a dark beer, students from all over are attracted to this drink.
Johnson said this drink is only offered for a limited time.
“We don’t have as many school days in December and they only brew Christmas Ale for about a month,” Johnson said. “So once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
For students who prefer to stick with non-alcoholic drinks, Oxford’s Quarter Barrel offers a full coffee bar stocked with a variety of holiday flavors, according to Janet Holmes, service and bar manager.
While it does not have holiday liquor, Quarter Barrel does carry flavored coffees like cinnamon hazelnut, chocolate toffee and its most popular, peppermint chocolate. These drinks are the same price as their regular coffee and have been served seasonally since Quarter Barrel opened two years ago.
“The peppermint chocolate blend at Quarter Barrel is my favorite because it warms me up and reminds me of Christmas,” first-year Perry Howell said.
Holmes said she has found that students like the flavored holiday drinks.
“Miami students like these flavors because they taste like home,” Holmes said.