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Philly’s 5 Best New Winter Cocktails

Published On 12/18/2014 Published On 12/18/2014

It’s the time of year when the Eagles... OMG NOT AGAIN! ARRRRRGGGH!!!! Oh, and it's also time to put on your sensible coat and tackle Philly's best winter events. Either way, you're gonna need something to drink, so we rounded up the five best new winter cocktails in Philly...


Merry Manhattan

Estia (address and info)
The cozy Greek restaurant on Locust gets cozier with three new holiday drinks on the menu, including the Merry Manhattan, a mix of bourbon, cranberry-ginger-orange syrup, and ginger liquor for an extra kick that’s like Christmas in a cup.

Harvest Seasonal Grill - Philadelphia

Harvest Cranberry Bourbon

Harvest Seasonal Grill (address and info)
University City
Harvest is all about seasonal ingredients and organic farm-to-table dining, and holiday drinks are no exception. The Harvest Cranberry Bourbon, with Woodford Reserve bourbon, agave nectar, ginger ale, and muddled cranberries, will give you a sustainable buzz while also being, you know, sustainable.


El Coquito

Cuba Libre (address and info)
Old City
From now through New Year’s, Cuba Libre serves an authentic Cuban specialty loved by festive islanders. El Coquito rings in the holiday season with coconut spiced rum, toasted coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, condensed milk, and even more coconut.

Peter Brewslow PR

Cranberry margarita

Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar (address and info)
Bryn Mawr
Nothing will get you singing "Feliz Navidad" faster than the tequila-toting cranberry margarita at this Latin-fusion gem of a Main Line restaurant. Plus every Tuesday leading up to Christmas their tacos come with a free festive drink.

Marielle Mondon

Poinsettia Punch

McGillin's Olde Ale House (address and info)
Penn Center
Get jolly at Philly’s oldest bar with a fresh glass of Poinsettia Punch, the spot’s signature winter drink that is just as mysterious -- and effective -- as whatever your oldest uncle puts in his punch.

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1. Estia 1405 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The cozy Greek restaurant on Locust is a laid-back neighborhood spot with seafood & traditional Greek dishes, plus Mediterranean-style decor.

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2. Harvest 200 South 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

We’re not sure how Harvest does it, but the University City restaurant manages to serve a menu consisting almost entirely of under-500-calorie dishes. Instead of what you're expecting (rabbit food), the seasonal selections include flatbreads, brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches, composed salads, and entrees like macadamia nut-crusted halibut and three-bean turkey chili. However, the best is saved for last: shrunken-down portions of chocolate salted caramel mousse, zucchini bread cake, and peanut butter cups are all standout desserts.

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3. Cuba Libre 10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Get a taste of Peru this Fri night when Old City rum bar Cuba Libre celebrates National Pisco Day with a 2hr happy hour offering three $5 takes on the brandy 'tail, (including a garapa sugar cane punch), plus $5 ceviche samplers and discount beer, wine, and sangria 'til 7p. Drink it all and you'll likely have machu pee...chu.

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4. Verdad 818 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (Main Line)

Serial restaurateur Howard Taylor's teamed up with CIA alum Nick Farina to open a Euro-Latin tapas restaurant & tequila bar, occupying a seductively dimmed 85-seater with soft drapery and wrought iron dividers separating front and rear dining rooms from the central bar area and its smattering of banquettes covered in leopard print. Stop in for their weekly brunch offerings as well.

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5. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Imagine: the year was 1860, Lincoln was elected, and McGillin's Olde Ale House first opened. It's safe to say they place is doing something right, because generations of people can't be wrong. This is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.