Seasonal items are always a good idea to have on your restaurant menu. It’s a good opportunity to try out new recipes, give people a taste of the holidays, and entice people to try something new. No matter what time of year it is, there are always unique flavor profiles to experiment with. So when you’re looking to add a little merriment to your drink options, here are some of the best holiday drinks to add to your menu.
Mulled wine is a holiday tradition, and the warm flavors of cinnamon and cloves in that glass of warm red wine make people feel toasty inside. Mulled wine is traditionally red wine with a small amount of brandy, simmered with honey, anise, orange, cinnamon, and cloves. The result is a fruity, spiced mixture that’s best served warm and with your favorite Christmas dinner options.
Hot Apple Cider
A nice warm glass of hot apple cider is one of the best holiday drinks to add to your menu. Cider is a form of fermented apple juice that can be made with or without alcohol. Oftentimes, cider is carbonated and served warm. The spices and apple flavor go well with autumn and winter dishes, helping create a cozy atmosphere in the evening.
If guests regularly order from your wine menu, it’s important to update your wine list so that people have opportunities to try new wines and pairings. If your restaurant serves wines from local orchards, it may be a good idea to see if they have any special batches or varieties available during the holidays. Seasonal wines often incorporate flavors that match the holiday better and may pair nicely with the limited-time items on your menu.
Candy Cane Mimosa
The candy cane mimosa is a great way to create a holiday drink that pairs nicely with brunch. Instead of mimosas with traditional orange juice, try adding a holiday twist to the beverage. Mix your sparkling wine with some crème de menthe, add just a drop or two of chocolate bitters, and stir the drink with a candy cane. It’s a festive drink that’s sure to delight your guests.