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When it comes to cocktails, especially in the winter, you can choose to warm yourself in a couple of ways. First, you can choose a hot cocktail to ward off the chill. The other option is to choose a drink with an alcohol content that will warm you up as well as a nice sweater. If you’re looking for cocktails that taste like the holidays, try these places.

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FIG & OLIVE
151 Newport Center Drive
Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877 3005
www.figandolive.com

When it comes to great drinks and tasty food, FIG & OLIVE knows what they’re doing. During the holidays, they turn it up an extra notch with great cocktails to go along with the seasonal food offerings. Featuring drinks like a pumpkin martini with house infused vanilla vodka, apple brandy, spiced pumpkin butter, ginger, fresh lime juice, which is then topped off with a graham cracker rim, you can be sure this Newport Beach eatery is the right choice to celebrate the holidays. The eatery also offers great signature classic cocktails like a raspberry mojito, a Manhattan sour, a sidecar and much more.

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Broadway by Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-8234
www.broadwaybyamarsantana.com

Just off the main drag in downtown Laguna Beach, you’ll find this cozy gem of a place where the bartenders take great pride in the cocktails they create. For the holidays, you’ll find some holiday favorites like eggnog and mulled wine. They will not only warm you up, but also will make you feel like it’s the holiday season. This place also has a drink called Hands of the Devil that is made with bourbon, pear brandy, sherry and bitters. It is served over a big block of ice, but after a few sips, you’ll feel the warmth all the way to your feet.

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Chapter One: The Modern Local
227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 352-2225
www.chapteronetml.com

Chapter One has a variety of cocktails that are sure to warm you up this holiday season like a hot toddy made with the infused whiskey of the week. You’ll also find a variation of the Boulevardier, infused with spices and aged in barrels. Perhaps the most irresistible holiday cocktail is one made with coffee, Michter’s, cream liqueur, Amaretto and smoked sea salt. This is a great dessert cocktail that is sure to take the edge off on the cooler days.

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Mesa
725 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-6700
www.mesacostamesa.com

One way to warm yourself during the holiday season is with a spicy cocktail. Among the signature cocktails at Mesa is The Clash made with vodka that is infused with Arbol chilis. It will definitely warm you up on the inside and help you through the holiday shopping you need to do. Mesa has another cocktail called the Junior Gong, which includes a healthy amount of rum and spices. This cocktail is made for two and has enough rum to keep you warm on the coolest winter days.

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Lola Gaspar
211 W. 2nd St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 972-1172
www.lolagaspar.com

Lola Gaspar has a few different cocktails to satisfy your desire for holiday beverages. One of these is a cocktail with rum, applejack and a kriek lambic. This will definitely warm your insides, but you’ll have to be careful. This goes down easy and you’ll probably want another one even if it will only make you sleepy. Another great option is a gin cocktail made with rhubarb bitters that just might remind you of a rhubarb pie.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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