It’s not like you need a helping hand to get your hands on a tipple or two over the holiday period, but just in case you were wondering where to find the most festive drinks in the city, we’ve got you covered. ‘Tis the season to be merry, after all. From creamy cocktails, glittering creations and classic mulled wine, read on to find out where to drink in Hong Kong this month.
We may not get snow in Hong Kong but, at Old Bailey, you’ll be to enjoy a white Christmas! The limited-edition Old Bailey White Christmas ($100) is a creamy, sweet vodka creation topped with whipped cream that’s guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. And if you’re partial to a classic cocktail, Old Bailey’s happy hour will still run throughout the festive season (daily from 4pm to 7pm), with two-for-one on a range of drinks! Best enjoyed on Old Bailey’s alfresco terrace.
Old Bailey, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.oldbailey.hk
Enjoy sky-high views and a festive cocktail too this season at aqua! Available from 15 to 30 December, the Christmas Caramel cocktail ($128) is made with fat-washed Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, apple cider and vanilla syrup – which is all topped off with fresh cream. Sure to satisfy any sweet-toothed cravings, the drink is even finished with a homemade cookie and cherry on top.
aqua, 29/F & 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.aqua.com.hk
If you’re looking for mulled wine this season, look no further than Maximal Concepts’ range of offerings. Serving a range of unique twists on the classic tipple, Stockton, Brickhouse, Mercedes me, Sip Song and Limewood will all offer their special seasonal take on the drink. Priced at $70 each, expect a lemongrass and galangal-spiked creation at Limewood, a zesty Sangsam rum and kaffir lime-infused version at Sip Song, and even a Mezcal and apple-spiced creation at Brickhouse!
Stockton, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.stockton.com.hk
Brickhouse, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.brickhouse.com.hk
Mercedes me, Shop 38 & 40, G/F, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mercedes-benz.com
Sip Song, Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.sip-song.com
Limewood, Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.limewood.hk
Lovers of a classic Old Fashioned should try Posto Pubblico’s seasonal twist this December. Hard to resist, the Cranberry Old Fashioned ($109) marries cranberry with aromatic rosemary sugar, bitters and a generous splash of bourbon, promising warm and fuzzy feels this winter.
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.postopubblico.com
As one of our favourite places to enjoy a drink in the city, we were more than happy to hear “The Beer Bay” is serving mulled wine again this season. At $99 for a pint-sized serving (or $60 for a small and $85 for a top up!), it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a casual evening harbourside, taking in the Christmas lights. We’ve also heard the bar will be serving warming hot toddies too.
Sassy Tip: Ask for your tipple in your own insulated drinks container to save on plastic and also keep your mulled wine toasty!
The Beer Bay, Pier 3 and Pier 4, Central Ferry Pier, Central, Hong Kong, hwww.facebook.com/thebeerbay
Truly capturing the seasonal spirit, the Noel Nightcap ($128) is not to be missed at Tai Kwun’s The Dispensary. Made with cognac, biscuit liqueur, an Earl Grey reduction, almond milk and cinnamon spice – and served inside a glass bauble, balanced on ice, it promises to bring you the taste of Christmas in a glass! Available from 15 to 30 December.
The Dispensary, Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/thedispensaryhk
Serving up two festive-inspired drinks, Back Bar is surely the place to be this season. Escape from the city madness and relax in this tucked-away bar with a drink in hand. Choose from the Mulled Spritz ($130), a cold homemade mulled wine syrup topped with sparkling wine, or go for the Heung Hau ($110), a warming homemade mulled wine syrup with hot water.
Back Bar, 7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.hamandsherry.hk
Serving a whole collection of festive drinks this season (all $185), Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Hong Kong is sure to leave you feeling merry! Created by resident mixologist, Sabrina Cantini-Budden, we love the sound of the indulgent Lobby Lounge Christmas Delight, made with cinnamon-infused Irish Whiskey, condensed milk, cream, vanilla and almond essence, and ground coffee (can be served neat, warm or on the rocks). Also on offer is The Ornament, with dark rum, fresh ginger, port, lemon and pineapple juice and rosemary, along with the Sugar Cane Rush, which will please big kids with its blend of cognac and cherry and mint liqueurs. Available throughout December, full menu can be found here.
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental, 8 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Celebrating the the spirit of Christmas, La Petite Maison is putting its own French twist on the Classic Milk Punch with its Clarified Christmas Milk Punch. Brioche-infused rum, almond milk, vanilla, rooibos tea Cordial, allspice and walnuts all come together to make this a truly seasonal drink. The snowman ice cube only helps add to the festive flair.
La Petite Maison, Shop 1, H Queen’s, 23-29, 1/F Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.lpmlondon.co.uk
Not yet feeling in the Christmas spirit? Look no further than Duck & Waffle’s Christmas Hug cocktail, made using a mix of red wine, pumpkin spice, dark chocolate and orange. For New Year’s Eve, the restaurant is also getting the party started with the Glitzmas cocktail, a mix of cognac, spiced rum, blackberry red wine reduction and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Duck & Waffle, Shop 1081, Podium Level 1ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.duckandwaffle.com.hk