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'Tis The Season: The Best Holiday Cocktails

As the end of Eater Cocktail Week 2012 nears, we've scoured the city to leave you a trail of holiday cocktails. With the spotlight shining brightly on the bar, we've caught a glimpse of the evolution of mixology. Bartenders have moved into the kitchen to elevate cocktail hour. These masters have started grabbing ingredients from the pantry, the garden and standing alongside chefs to create a heightened experience all poured in to a single glass. For this holiday season, mixologist's were inspired by everything from a Christmas tree, the old fashioned holiday punch bowl and the classic holiday fruitcake.

1) Allium at Four Seasons
120 E. Delaware
Jack Frost: Stoli Vanil Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, Housemade White Chocolate Peppermint Bark, $15

2) Baume & Brix
351 W. Hubbard Street
Stormy Weather: Zaya Trinidad rum, house-made spiced ginger beer, $12

3) Rebar
401 N. Wabash Avenue
Winter Magic: Punchbowl: Large enough to share with friends! Pinot Noir, brandy, cinnamon, allspice and star anise for a super festive punch, $255 for the bowl

4) Tavernita
151 W. Erie Street
Warm Quixote: Spanish brandy, sherry, Grand Marnier and yellow chartreuse, $11

5) The Bristol
Holiday Eggnog: Courvoisier VS, Goslings Black Seal Rum, Averna Amaro, Benedictine, spiced syrup, heavy cream, whole egg, $11

6) Michael Jordan's Steak House
505 N. Michigan Avenue
The Holiday Flip: Pig Nose scotch, Madeira, whiskey barrel bitters, cinnamon, allspice and a whole egg, $13

7) Trencherman
2039 W. North Avenue
Rumpelstiltskin: orange peel rum, Cocchi Torino, apricot, $12

8) Balena
Carasalto (Dear, Jump for Joy): Whole egg, Peruvian pink salt, Caramel Dream Pu Her, Meletti Amaro, Faretti Biscotti Liquor, Jim Beam Bourbon, Bitter Truth-Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters, $11

9) Embeya
564 W. Randolph Street
Noble Hops: spiced rum, almond, orange, IPA, $12

10) Boka
Tinsel Bait: Journeyman Gin, Douglas Fir liqueur, egg white, $12

11) Yusho
Sujeonggwa: Whipper Snapper Whiskey, Vermouth di Torino, ginger, cherry, pinenut (served warm), $8

12) Hash House A Go Go
Tuaca Toddy: Tuaca vanilla citrus liquor, apple cider and a cinnamon stick topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

-Kiki Luthringshausen

Hash House A Go Go Chicago

1212 N State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610

Tavernita

151 W Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 274 1111 Visit Website

Yusho

2853 N Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 773 904 8558 Visit Website

Allium

120 East Delaware Place, , IL 60611 (312) 799-4900 Visit Website

Boka

1729 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 337-6070 Visit Website

ReBar

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 312-588-8034

Embeya

564 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661

Balena

1633 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 867-3888 Visit Website

The Bristol

2152 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 862-5555 Visit Website

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