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When it’s cold and dreary outside, what better way to bring some sunshine indoors than by mixing up some tropical cocktails? Swap out that cozy spiked hot chocolate for a Painkiller with crème de cacao and Branca Menta or snuggle by the fire as you sip on a wintry Pimm’s Cup.

Dead to Port

A richly spiced cranberry syrup lends a wintry vibe to this split-base tropical cocktail from Strong Water in Anaheim, California.

El Centro

For a weekend project, take on this tropical winter cocktail recipe by Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Campfire in Carlsbad, California.


The Painkiller gets dressed up for the holidays with crème de cacao and a cooling Branca Menta.

Holiday in Hamilton

Gingerbread syrup and a bit of tawny port bring a beautiful bouquet of spice to this rum-based holiday drink.

Lunar Vision

What started as a exercise in riffing on the Piña Colada while drawing inspiration from the rich spice of carrot cake resulted in this decadent mix. 

Nutty Like a Fruitcake

Escape winter’s clutch with this mix of rum and spice.

Sharkey’s First Christmas

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry updates an award-winning tropical Midori cocktail from the ’70s for the Sippin’ Santa pop-up.


This reimagined Painkiller by Vegas’ Jammlyand swaps rum for mezcal.

Storm the Beach

This tropical blend from Charleston’s The Cocktail Club combines two types of rum with citrus and spice.

Tequila for Christmas

The richness of pomegranate syrup brings a welcome sweetness to this cocktail from Kettner Exchange in San Diego.

Tropical Lion’s Tail

This recipe brings island vibes to the classic recipe with pineapple syrup and two Jamaican rums.

Winter Cup

Pacific Cocktail Haven transforms classic summer refreshment with baking spices and warming flavors.

You Don’t Gnome Me

The holiday season is made for sharing, and this large-format tequila cocktail will keep a handful of friends in good spirits.

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