12 days of Christmas cocktails, beer and cheers in Tucson

12 days of Christmas cocktails, beer and cheers in Tucson

Have a holly, have fun with these holiday compositions

We’re all heard of the song, 12 days of Christmas, and while it may become kind of repetitive after a few of the verses, it’s hard to experience a holiday season without hearing it on the radio, in your head, or from someone else singing it on the street.

And when do the 12 Christmas days actually take place? According to some people, it’s the days leading up to Christmas Day, and for others it’s starting December 25th and moving forward to January 6th (Google it and see what the internet has to say).

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Well, no matter how you choose to spend the following days in December, there are plenty of cocktails to warm your stomach and a few beers to sip for this holiday season. So tick your Advent calendars, because here are at least 12 drinks that are tasty enough to get 12 drummers drum and even 10 lords a-leapin ‘.

Borderlands Brewing Company

119 E. Toole Ave.

Borderlands Brewing Company brews the holiday spirit up in the dining room with its new Cranberry Christmas watch. Plus, bring your dog or more dogs because they have it WOW! beer on tap for the four-legged comrades.

Do not worry. That WOW! brews are actually not made from hops.

For more information, visit borderlandsbrewing.com.

Marana house

8225 N. Courtney Page Way, Suite 191

Oh, the holiday vibe is alive with their 15 feet genuine Christmas tree and various cocktails. One of the new and festive creations is Frosted cranberry cocktail. It’s a mint twist on vodka and cranberries.

Plus, if your stomach growls like a grumpy Grinch, they have a few pizzas on the menu.

For more information, follow Casa Marana on Facebook.

The funky monk

350 E. Congress St.

The party venue across the street from the Hotel Congress and a hop, hop and hop away from the Rialto Theater serve a variety of holiday-themed cocktails. You will find one Spicy red sangria, American Pie, Candy Cane Punch Bowl, and one Peppermint Mochatini, which has crushed sweets along the edge.

For more information, follow The Funky Monk on Facebook.

Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.
Ghini's eggnog

Ghini’s Eggnog (Photo by Kennedy Satta-Williams)

This year, Ghini’s has added a variety of holiday foods and beverages to the menu. They whip eggnog made with strong whipping cream, fresh pasteurized eggs and spices. Oh, and don’t forget to add rum for that extra kick.

Visit ghiniscafe.com for more information, including opening hours and full menu.


14 S. Arizona Ave.

This downtown spot, which used to have a longer name (HighWire Lounge) and is in the process of taking over the former. Independent distillery location directly across the terrace, also offers an eggnog creation this holiday season. With a candy bar on the edge and some hints of cinnamon Eggnog Martini is worth your time in December.

Visit highwiretucson.com for more information.

The parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.
The parish

Cranberry Mule (Photo courtesy of The Parish on Instagram)

Nothing says the holiday is like drinking from a copper mule. The Southern fusion gastropub serves one Cranberry mules, made from honey syrup, lavender water, lime juice and ginger beer. Plus, keep an eye out for The Parish’s new downtown restaurant, The Delta, as it enters its final stages before the as yet unpublished opening date.

For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.

Pence Restaurant

50 E. Broadway Blvd.

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Downtown restaurant and bar serve it delicious Christmas punch this year. It’s a hot brandy punch with tejocote, piloncillo and mulling spices. Also keep an eye out for another drink waiting to get on the menu called the Rompave, which is a Mexican rum eggnog.

For more information, visit pencarestaurante.com.

Playground Bar & Lounge / Miracle on Congress St.

278 E. Congress St.
Miracle at Congress St.

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Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a few weeks, the whimsical paradise of lights, bells and holiday music, known as Miracle on Congress St., will light up the Playground Bar & Lounge – which has been temporarily closed for the past few months.

You will find four winter cocktails, inclusive Winter Sangria, HUB’s Coquito, Santa’s Peanut Butter Cookies, and Tucson Boulevardier. Now the hardest part is choosing which one to try first.

For more information, read our article ‘Miracle on Congress St.’ is back for another season of cocktails, ice cream and Santa’s observations. “


220 N. Fourth Ave.

Portal, which is located close to the back of Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar, have a few new drinks that will wet your whistle this holiday season. To begin with, there is one Spicy Cider Toddy, which is served hot and includes bourbon with biscotti, almonds, lemon and spicy apple cider. Then there is Coquito and its pineapple rum with coconut milk, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, egg white and cream.

For more information, follow the Portal on Instagram.

Red Light Lounge in Downtown Clifton

485 S. Stone Ave.
Red Light Lounge

Hot Toddy (Photo courtesy of The Red Light Lounge)

When the weather gets cooler outside at night, a hot drink in hand is a combination like no other. Of course there is hot cocoa and a hot cup of coffee, but one Hot Toddy really hits the spot around this time of year. The Red Light Lounge currently serves them so they can be enjoyed indoors or out on the patio.

For more information, follow The Red Light Lounge on Instagram.

The Royal Room

450 N. Sixth Ave.
The Royal Room

The Nutcracker (Photo by Ian Stupar)

They love you and they mean it too. Now the new winter 2021 menu is out, and at first glance there is plenty to choose from such as. English Butler, a combination of gin, apple juice, honey and lemon, or the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot – Fireball whiskey and Rumchata.

If you’re looking for something to sip on slowly, give it a try The nutcracker, which is Rumchata, Disaronno and a touch of cinnamon on ice.

For more information, follow The Royal Room on Instagram.

Ten55 Brewery Company

110 E. Congress St.

The brewery in the center will be green this holiday season – evergreen, that is. The crew has brewed one Evergreen Holiday Ale, which is an amber-like ale with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Like all other beverages on this list, it is only available for a limited time.

For more information, visit 1055brewing.com.

More holiday-themed cocktails on the way?

It is still early in the month and it is very possible in several places like Tough Luck Club, Hotel congress, John Henrys, Side trolley, Union Public House, God Oak Bar, and other cocktail bars will soon spike their eggnog.

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The copper mine brewery

3455 S. Palo Verde Rd. # 135

It may not be chestnuts roasting over an open fire, but there is certainly a touch of marshmallows. The brewery has a beer for those who dream of bonfires and s’mores, and it’s called Bonfire dreams. In addition, they have recently made use of one Holiday Kolsch. Cheers!

For more information, follow Copper Mine Brewing Company on Instagram.

Owl Club

236 S. Scott Ave.
Owls Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owls Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Only one night, the Owls Club serves the Spanish coffee cocktail Carajillos, so stop by if you want to try one of the time-limited drinks. It is exclusively on the menu for the monthly Scott Avenue Cocktail Corridor Saturday, December 11th.

For more information, read our article “Scott Avenue Cocktail Corridor: December 2021 Edition.”

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