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10 Festive Cocktails to Drink Now

From company parties to family gatherings, get toasty with these 10 festive drinks that will make your holidays merry and bright.

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Run, Run Rudolph at Hotel Bel-Air, LA

Enjoy the season at the exclusive Hotel Bel-Air’s Bar and Lounge, an old Hollywood hideaway long celebrated for its discreet vibe, and more recently heralded for its creative craft cocktails and tapas by Wolfgang Puck. Grab a seat by the fire and start your evening with the Run, Run Rudolph martini: Tanqueray Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and a splash of Luxardo Sangue Morlacco cherry liqueur.

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Shakespeare's Globe at NYLO Hotel, NYC

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at NYLO’s LOCL bar, which has been transformed into a Shakespeare-inspired wintry woodland for the holidays. Pay homage to the literary great by toasting family and friends with the Shakespeare’s Globe: Four Pillars Gin, root beer seltzer, vanilla syrup, Douglas Fir Liqueur and cointreau. The potent yet tasty concoction is served in a festive globe with jolly Ol’ St. Nick and Frosty, and garnished with edible disco glitter.

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Boozy Hot Chocolate at Hotel Teatro, Denver

Calling all chocoholics. Stay warm in the Mile High City this winter at Hotel Teatro’s The Nickel. Park it in a buttery leather chair next to the cozy fireplace and thumb through a good read while sipping the hotel’s killer Boozy Hot Chocolate, which features flavors such as spiced Mexican hot chocolate and s’mores-infused whiskey (pass the ‘mallows, please).

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My Favorite Sweater at The Peninsula Chicago

Michigan Avenue's sleek Peninsula hotel is always a holiday hotspot for its seasonal celebrations and Peninsula Sky Rink, an ice rink four stories above Chicago’s bustling thoroughfare. Enjoy a skate in your ugliest Christmas gear and then sidle up at the bar for the new My Favorite Sweater cocktail, an elevated apple cider with plenty of spice.

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Tico Eggnog at Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

In December, this secluded adults-only escape at the foot of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano debuts Mis Amores, an open-air Mediterranean grill serving wood-oven flatbreads and farm-fresh fare such as strawberry gazpacho with a yogurt bavarois. To celebrate the season and the new restaurant, resort mixologist Monica Gonzalez is pouring her secret Tico Eggnog recipe with eggs, milk, rompoika and rum.

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Belvedere Pomegranate Royale at Conrad Miami

There’s more to the Conrad Miami’s 25th floor bar than the beautiful panoramas of Miami and Biscayne Bay (though, don’t get us wrong, the view is pretty stellar). Go for the Belvedere Pomegranate Royale — Belvedere Red vodka, Chandon Brut Champagne and pomegranate juice. Bonus: you can give back with every sip as the hotel and Belvedere Red have partnered to donate 50 percent of the proceeds from their signature seasonal cocktail to South Florida charities.

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Griswold’s Family Christmas Tree at Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

Within Hotel Monaco’s gorgeous 1903 Beaux Arts building is The Commoner, a rustic American tavern perfect for cozying up on a wintry day. This season the bar pays tribute to the ultimate Christmas comedian, Clark Griswold, with a seven-cocktail salute to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Take a load off with the Griswold’s Family Christmas Tree: Swiss alpine liqueur and creamy hot cocoa topped with homemade Angostura marshmallows. Chevy Chase would be proud.

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Santa in the Chimney at Courthouse Hotel, London

Get your holiday après ski on in the heart of London at Courthouse Hotel’s rooftop Soho Ski Terrace. This seasonal retro-chic chalet is perfected with wood-paneled walls, classic ski posters and plush furnishings. Warm up with special winter drinks, including Santa in the Chimney, which mixes Laphroaig and Dewar’s 12 Scotch whisky with fresh lemon juice, honey, and ginger.

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Mezcal Saffron Eggnog at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Head to The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and marvel at the 12-foot Christmas tree made of more than 8,000 macarons (not to mention the eight-foot tree decorated with 1,700 French profiteroles). Soak in the sugary scene and then head upstairs to The Punch Room for a Mezcal Saffron Eggnog: Del Maguaey Vida Mezcal, homemade eggnog and a dash of saffron served in a chichi revolution wine glass by Martin Jakobsin.

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The Elevation at Omni Mount Washington, NH

Spend the holidays on the slopes and then slide into Omni Mount Washington’s Princess Room for a sip of the resort’s exclusive bourbon blend, Mount Washington Woodford Reserve II. In The Elevation, the custom bourbon’s subtle brown sugar and maple flavors blend perfectly with grade-a New Hampshire maple syrup and a splash of lemon.

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