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Where to Get the Best Holiday Drinks + Treats

Edmonton’s local dining destinations are showcasing the familiar flavours of Christmas in innovative new ways. Here are 12 mouth-watering holiday treats to help you have a delicious 12 Days of Christmas!

1. The Grand Basil Poinsettia Martini can be enjoyed in the luxurious Confederation Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (10064-100 St.). The mix of strawberries and basil give the the drink a tangy, lemonade-like flavour and, though the drink is made with an elaborate mix of vodka, Chambord, and Grand Marnier, it is an easy drink to sip and savour. WHERE Edmonton attended the Fairmont’s media holiday party where this festive drink was served and eagerly enjoyed by everyone at the event!

The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald has a festive holiday display in their lobby that includes an elaborate gingerbread replica of the hotel. Be sure to stop and check it out on your way to the Confederation Lounge for a Grand Basil Poinsettia Martini!

Hot Tip: You don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy a drink in the Confederation Lounge! Everyone is welcome!

Throughout the season, the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is offering seven holiday dining events, including the Nutcracker Tea & Tour, Dickens Buffet, and Christmas Dinner. For details, dates, and pricing information, check out their brochure or call the hotel’s “Festive Desk” at 780-429-6495.

2. When the temperature gets too cold to handle, warm up with a pot of Spicy Hot Chocolate from Cha Island Tea Company (10332-81 Ave.).

3/4/5. Forget the plain ol’ Peppermint Mocha, Roast Coffeehouse + Wine Bar (104 St & 104 Ave.) has several unique varieties of hot holiday beverages. Try a Power Chai Eggnog Latte or a cup of Cranberry Rooibos Cider. In the mood for something a little bolder? Go for a bottle of Granville Island Brewing Co.’s Winter Ale — comforting flavours of caramel, cocoa, and hazelnut can be tasted in this seasonal brew.

6/7. Head over to Arcadia Cafe and Bar (24 Perron St.) in St. Albert for a S’more Latte and treat your taste buds to a sweet mix of  toasted marshmallow and chocolate with your caffeine, topped with marshmallow fluff and graham crackers. They also have a “Santa’s Cookies” flavoured coffee for those who just want a subtle holiday addition to their usual caffeine routine. From Dec 10 – 15, Arcadia will donate $1 from every cup of seasonally-flavoured coffee to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

8. Duchess Bakeshop (10720-124 St.) has three new flavours of their famous macarons available for the holidays; an assortment of candy cane, eggnog, and gingerbread macarons would make a perfect hostess gift or treat to serve at a holiday party. It’s worth stopping by the bakery to check out their beautiful gingerbread and candied-stained glass cathedral creation, too.

9. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean frozen desserts are any less delicious this time of year. All six Famoso (11750 Jasper Ave.) locations in Edmonton are serving up eggnog gelato during December and, in the spirit of giving, are donating $1 from each sale to local charities that provide meals to those in need.

10. Local brewery Alley Kat has a new seasonal beer, the Three Bears Oatmeal Stout, a toasty, smooth beer. Pick up a bottle (or two) at the brewery (9929-60 Ave.), or try it on tap at select pubs and lounges around the city, including Cha Island Tea Company (10332-81 Ave.).

11. Cally’s Tea (10151-82 Ave.) offers up Christmas cheer in a cup with their Nutcracker Tea; an organic white tea flavoured with gingerbread spice and snowflake candies. You can buy the leaves to take home and brew your own, or savour a cup in-store with a homemade shortbread cookie or seasonal scone.

12. Savour a cup of homemade hot buttered rum in the elegant setting of Rutherford House (11153 Saskatchewan Dr.) while taking in their beautiful holiday decorations and displays.

Want more holiday dining tips? Our November/December issue features some more suggestions for festive “Happy Hour” concoctions, as well as delightful bite-size dining options. Check out our digital edition here. Likewise, follow @whereedmonton on Twitter and send us a tweet if you have any questions or want recommendations about holiday dining!

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