Cocktails Keep the Holidays Alive

The elegant main lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
The elegant main lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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. has the best places for craft cocktails in San Francisco and across the country, as well as our favorite cocktails and spirit reviews and recipes.

You can click on each photo to enlarge.

One thought on “Cocktails Keep the Holidays Alive”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *