'Tis the season for festive flavors like peppermint, gingerbread, eggnog and more. Toast to the holidays with creative seasonal cocktails and tasty sweet treats made by Hamilton County businesses.
The White Christmas Martini includes vanilla vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur and cream.
Try the “Not Your Grandma’s Sugar Cookie” drink with 12.05 bourbon and a special oat milk blend, topped with colored sugar. Stay tuned for the full 12.05 holiday cocktail menu, including chocolate hot buttered rum with candy cane simple syrup.
Sip on the Spirits of the Season at Aspen Creek Grill. The lineup includes Rocky Mountain Sunset, combining Makers Mark, Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire and blood orange sour; Mistletoe Margarita with cranberry juice, fresh squeezed classic margarita and Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka, garnished with mint sprig and cranberries; or the Cranberry Mule-Tide, a refreshing blend of Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka, house made sour mix and mint syrup with Q Ginger Beer.
Looking for a tart, semi-sweet cocktail? Try the Union Street, made with vodka, winter pear, lemon, rhubarb and matcha.
The Prohibition Apple Pie beverage includes St. George spiced pear liqueur, Old Forester bourbon, apple brandy, hot apple cider and topped with nutmeg and whipped cream.
The mixologist at Savor in downtown Carmel created a Winter Spice Cranberry Mojito, perfect for sipping by the outdoor fire pits. It's a remake of a mojito consisting of house made winter spice simple syrup, fresh cranberries, fresh mint leaves, fresh squeezed lime juice, Bacardi limon and soda water.
Carmel and Fishers, Indiana
Sun King’s holiday menu is full of holiday cheer, including the Frozen Hot Cocoa adult slushie made with chocolate whiskey, bourbon cream, Sun King Cocoa Simple, dairy, whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top.
Or sip on the Whiskey Frost, featuring the new Sun King Spirits White Whiskey, clementine, orange bitters, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, ginger beer and orange swath for garnish.
If beer is more your style, order the Electric Reindeer holiday brown ale with notes of gingerbread and molasses.
Try one of two festive margaritas at Texy Mexy. The grapefruit margarita includes tequila, triple sec, grapefruit vodka, house made simple, fresh squeezed lime, pomegranate seeds and fresh rosemary sprig. The cranberry margarita has tequila, triple sec, cranberry juice, house made simple, fresh thyme sprig and fresh cranberry garnish.
Their version of a Figgy Toffee Cake is a house-made fig cake soaked in toffee sauce, topped with whipped vanilla mascarpone cream.
Save room for dessert, because you'll want to try the Peppermint Chocolate Ganache Cake, made with peppermint white chocolate mousse filling, chocolate buttercream icing and finished with chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes.
Visit the quaint Choo Choo Café in downtown Atlanta, Indiana for a plethora of baked goods like white chocolate mousse cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake and buttermilk eggnog pie. They also make a “Bruffin,” a pull-apart cinnamon muffin made with brioche dough.
Their sweet (and sticky) caramel concoctions include the Delectable, a milk chocolate pretzel caramel.
Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville
Ice cream is a year-round treat, and at Handel’s you’ll find seasonal flavors like eggnog, peppermint bark and peppermint stick, which also comes in an ice cream pie.
The hand-decorated cookies from Main Street Treats are Instagram-worthy and delicious. They’re fulfilling customers’ custom orders through no-contact curbside pickup.
You know Titus for its mouthwatering spread of donuts like the classic Pershing, but they also make sweet sugar cookies for the holiday season.