Holiday Drinks That Warm Your Soul

The recipes and deals keep coming for holiday-themed concoctions, all designed to bring warmth to your belly during these chilly winter nights.

If you're shopping on Michigan Avenue over the next few weeks, stop in at The Greenhouse inside The Ritz-Carlton Chicago to indulge in the rich Venezuelan Xocopili Hot Chocolate. This specialty drink is made with 72 percent bittersweet Valrhona chocolate, heavy cream and milk, as well as homemade churros and cinnamon marshmallows topped off with chocolate sticks and Chantilly cream.

If liquor is what you need, The Greenhouse has also created a series of $14 winter-themed drinks such as the Spicy Pear, Caramel Pom, Winter Blues, Pumpkin Moon and Aplle Chokitini, all using top-shelf spirits.

Call The Greenhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago at (312) 573-5154 for more information.

Plymouth Gin is also on the Thanksgiving train, creating some specialty cocktails for the season.

The Gobbler

  • 1 ½ oz. Plymouth gin
  • ¾ oz. triple sec
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 heaping tsp. cranberry relish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with several dried cranberries or grated orange zest.

Mayflower Martini

  • 2 ½ oz Plymouth gin
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

Mix all ingredients briefly over ice in a mixing glass and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a lemon or orange twist if desired, and serve.

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