8 winter cocktails in Charleston, SC

... and where to get them.


Sip on the peach cobbler martini at Kaminsky’s.

Photo provided by Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

The holiday season is here, and with comes chilly weather in Charleston. You can warm up with hot cider or feel merry and bright with a peppermint libation at cozy bars and restaurants around town.

Check out these eight fall + winter cocktails that will get you in the holiday spirit. 🍸

  1. Eggnog | Vintage Lounge, 545 King St. | Sip on this seasonal favorite at Vintage Lounge starting on Black Friday and check out Toddy Tuesday for weekly hot toddies.
  2. Irish Coffee | Élevé, 55 Wentworth St. | The Irish Coffee at Eleve rooftop restaurant features whiskey, whipped cream, and nutmeg + will warm you right up.
  3. Peach Cobbler Martini | Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe, 78 N. Market St. | Delight in RumChata, Peach Schnapps, and cream at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe through the end of November + stay tuned for the cafe’s winter cocktail menu.
  4. Call It a Night | Little Palm Bar, 237 Meeting St. | Try a specialty cocktail with vodka, cold brew coffee, cacao, and butterscotch this winter at Little Palm — check out the Little Pine holiday pop-up beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23.
  5. Jingle All the Way | Hotel Bennett, 404 King St. | Served out of Hotel Bennett’s life-size gingerbread house, this hot chocolate beverage with marshmallows will be available from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
  6. Peppermint White Russian | Blind Tiger Pub, 36-38 Broad St. | Enjoy this cocktail with peppermint cream, Kahlua, and a candy cane garnish by Blind Tiger Pub’s fire pit starting Thursday, Dec. 1 at the bar’s tree lighting event.
  7. Come A-Wassailing | Harold’s Cabin, 247 Congress St. | Visit Harold’s Cabin’s pop-up Christmas Bar now through the New Year and order this hot mulled wine drink.
  8. Hot Apple Cider | The Dewberry Hotel, 334 Meeting St. | Celebrate National Apple Cider Day at The Dewberry Hotel with this seasonal libation served in the Living Room or sip on the hotel’s classic hot chocolate.

Before you go, here’s a party favor: Bulldog Tours is offering its Holiday Strolls Cocktail Tour combining the yuletide history tour featuring stories of Charleston’s Christmases past with stops at three festive lounges for a signature holiday cocktail.

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