This is our first proper winter (by proper I mean that it’s actually cold outside) and, because of that, we now have the greatest excuse to warm up with some drinks. Whether you’re into hot chocolate (well, who isn’t!?), caffeinated drinks, or stronger spirits, there’s something in the world (and on this list) for you.

I picked mine from some of my favourite spots here in Manchester, but maybe this will serve as inspiration for those of you who love to mix cocktails or make fancy coffee at home 😉 If you’re one of them, teach me your ways (and send me pictures!).

Let’s begin.

Gingerbread hot chocolate, from 19 Cafe Bar

The more whipped cream on top, the better!

1. Gingerbread hot chocolate

We all know that hot chocolate is a must for this season, and most of us even keep a good inventory at home to make a warm cup when it gets too cold outside (meaning, every.single.day), but you know what? Hot chocolate tastes better when someone else does it for you.

We had this warm treat at 19 Cafe Bar and I can tell you, the gingerbread flavour makes it incredibly unique and festive. If you decide to try your luck and make your own version at home, make sure to sprinkle some cinnamon, as they did. It makes all the difference!


Toffee Nut Latte, from 19 Cafe Bar

2. Toffee Nut Latte

This is the perfect treat when you don’t want to indulge in a drink that’s just sweet. I think flavoured lattes (and coffee in general) are good for every season but there’s something about the richness in toffee that makes it ideal for winter time.

19 Cafe Bar is the author of this one we had, and my favourite part was that it’s a sweet coffee that still tastes like coffee. Don’t take me wrong, because I love frappuccinos, but sometimes I do like drinks that keep their essence, even when it’s flavoured.


Dirty Chai Latte, from 19 Cafe Bar

The perfect mix between Christmas and caffeine

3. Dirty Chai Latte

If we want to increase the caffeine level a little more, the Dirty Chai Latte is as Christmassy as it gets without sacrificing your dose of energy. This drink is nice and rich in flavour, and G is a big fan for sure. 19 Cafe Bar was our introduction to this drink, but it certainly won’t be our last time!


Toblerone: Frangelico served with Kahlua & half and half. Perfected with chocolate sprinkles and honey. By Alston Bar & Beef

4. Toblerone cocktail

You know me, if it has chocolate, I’m in!

Because winter is not only about warm drinks, but also about drinks that make you feel warm, I decided to include some cocktails on the list as well.

Chocolate and sweet cocktails are the perfect transition to get into the Christmas spirit, and the Toblerone was my absolute favourite in the alcohol category because, even though it’s sweet and delicious, it was definitely not a dessert. Just as with the Toffee Nut Latte, this drink keeps it’s essence even with the sugar touch.

If I had to pick a drink to have for the rest of my life, this one would probably be it.


A Berry Merry Christmas: Stole Vodka, Cassis, Lemon, Cinnamon, Prosecco. By Don Giovanni’s

5. A Berry Merry Christmas

We cannot talk about holiday season without including some fizz, and those who know me know that I love Prosecco (maybe a little bit too much).

Any cocktail with prosecco is guaranteed to make you get into the Christmas spirit, so if you’re mixing at home, make sure to add some to the glass 😉 Don Giovanni’s team knows this and kept the festive theme for their seasonal cocktail range, but the Berry Merry Christmas wins the battle on my list, not only because of the cool name, but also because of how it incorporates some bubbles with a citrusy flavour, while still keeping it under the holiday subject.


Nuts about Amaretto: Amaretto with sweet sherry, apple and egg white. Garnished with nut meg. By Alston Bar & Beef

6. Nuts about Amaretto

If you’re looking for a place that has a different holiday cocktail for everyone, Alston Bar & Beef is for you! Their bartender team crafted this incredibly diverse menu that keeps everything Christmassy while still being absolutely unique.

The Amaretto is nice and warming, perfect for the season, and the creaminess of the egg white garnished with nut meg seals the deal to make this a really traditional ‘holiday’ flavour. If you want to have a glass of Christmas, this is your best shot 😉


Jingle Juice: Woodford Reserve, Apricot, Christmas Bitter. By Don Giovanni’s.

7. Jingle Juice

Seems like Christmas is the season where every place brings out their A game when it comes to naming cocktails and dishes, and I’m living for Don Giovanni’s choices!

I’ve always felt that the look and scent of Rosemary bring back some memories of Christmas in my early years, and this drink is what I think people back then drank during the festivities. The old fashioned vibe and scent are incredible, and correspond to the way this drink makes you feel after a sip. Warming and delicious, and definitely something to try this season!


This is my list for 2017, and maybe I’ll try to bring more lists like this one in the upcoming seasons if you’re interested! I like to share these not only as a recommendation for people that live in or visit Manchester, but also as a ideas for those of you that like to make your own drinks at home (or maybe a challenge to find something similar wherever you live! If you do, message me! That would be amazing!).

I love how every place has a different take on holiday drinks, yet all of them feel really Christmassy to me 🙂 what about you? Do you feel all of these fall into a winter/Christmas category? What drink would you add?


If you like this list and want to see more, make sure to come back next Tuesday because I’ll be giving you my insights on Alston Bar & Beef’s Christmas cocktails. And if you’re here for the food and not just the drinks, then maybe Thursday post will be for you. Won’t tell you what it’s about, but if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know! If you don’t, make sure to connect with me on social media. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).

If you’re still looking for Christmas gifts, make sure to check out my holiday gift guide next.


That’s it for today guys, thanks for reading me 🙂 I’ll talk to you again on Thursday.

Michelle’s out!



  1. kate
    December 13, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    These all sound amazing! I’ve still not been to 19 Cafe Bar but will definitely have to pop in now.. Also, cannot wait to try the Jingle Juice at Don Giovanni xx

    • Michelle
      December 14, 2017 / 10:02 am

      19 Café Bar is worth a visit for brunch or even just coffee 🙂 and the berry merry Christmas is definitely my fave at DG.

  2. December 7, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    All these look gorgeous. Out of the hot drinks I think I would go for the Toffee Nut Latte and the cocktails I can’t decide between the Jingle Juice or the Berry Merry Christmas.

    • Michelle
      December 7, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you, Jo! The toffee nut latte is a great choice for sure 😉 as for the cocktails, you’ll have to try them and tell me which one you prefer. They’re both festive and delicious

  3. December 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, they all look absolutely delicious! I live just outside Manchester but I don’t go anywhere near as often as I should – this is definitely on my list to visit now.

    • Michelle
      December 7, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      I’m glad I was able to give you some ideas, Catherine! Make sure to let me know if you like these places when you pay them a visit. I promise you won’t regret it 😉

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