by Tiffany Maleshefski
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying holiday spirits. The bar and lounge at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco has added a number of very cool holiday-themed cocktails to its menu.
More innovative choices include the Pumpkin Pie Martini, which shakes up brandy, Frangelico, and pumpkin purée with a pumpkin pie spiced rim. Admittedly, it looks a little odd on paper, but fear not. The brandy is mild and the drink is actually on the sweeter end of the spectrum; it’s not unlike a Cosmopolitan.
Of course, the best parts of a holiday-themed cocktail menu are the beverages served hot. Given the unending rain in San Francisco, the Wassail, a yummy hot cider drink spiked with spiced rum and garnished with a clove-studded lemon twist, is a godsend. It’s tempting to order one to-go and pour it in a thermos for mobile imbibing.
Torn between hot chocolate and a cocktail? Seasons superstar mixologist Sierra Zimei has created different ways to spike the normally kid-friendly drink. Valhrona Chocolate can be consumed with Hangar One Fraser River Raspberry Vodka, Grand Marnier, and even Godiva dark chocolate liqueur. Each version comes with a complementary-flavored marshmallow.