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12 Historic East Village Drinks to Try During the Holiday Promenade

Seasonal Drinks

November 23, 2022

In 2022, the Holiday Promenade will take place every Friday from Nov. 18 through Dec. 16. While the celebration will include holiday activities, shopping and festive entertainment for all ages, it will also provide an opportunity to visit local restaurants and shop to share a drink as they stop in during their time in the Historic East Village. Below, you’ll find 12 holiday-inspired drinks to try when you attend this annual event:  

1. 503 Toddy | 503 Cocktail Lab + Tasting Room 

503 E. Locust St. 

The “503 Toddy” from 503 Cocktail Lab + Tasting Room available during the Holiday Promenade includes Four Roses bourbon, local honey, cardamom, cinnamon and lemon peel. 

503 Toddy

2. Holiday Hug | Bar Nico 

428 E Locust St. 
At Bar Nico, try out the “Holiday Hug,” a Promenade drink featuring Reposado tequila, charred cinnamon simple syrup, dry vermouth, Peychaud's bitters, angostura bitters and a hand-cut ice cube with simmered cranberries. 

Holiday Hug

3. The Merry AF | Bellhop 

440 E Grand Ave. 

While you’re strolling the streets of the Historic East Village, stop in at Bellhop for “The Merry AF” featuring Tito’s vodka, peppermint schnapps and pink peppermint ice cream syrup. 

The Merry AF

4. Gonna Be A Rumble Cider |  Clyde’s Fine Diner 

111 E. Grand Ave., Suite 111 
Clyde’s Fine Diner will offer “Gonna Be A Rumble Cider” during the Promenade. The cocktail features bourbon, cider, lemon and mulled dark syrup. 

Gonna Be A Rumble Cider

5. Maple Miel | Daisy Chain Coffee 

505 E. Grand Ave., Suite 104 
The “Maple Miel” is a latte made with honey produced by Owner Daniel Bosman — Daniel Bee’s Honey. The drink features a little maple spice and a dash of cinnamon. It’s served with oat, almond or dairy milk. 

Daisy Chain

6. Dark Cherry Hibiscus Spritz | Franka Pizzeria 

111 E. Grand Ave. Suite 101 
The “Dark Cherry Hibiscus Spritz" is made with vodka, cherry bitters, hibiscus and seltzer. Stop in and order the $12 drink during the Promenade. 

Dark Cherry Hibiscus Spritz

7. Holiday Blend Tea | Gong Fu Tea 

414 E. 6th St. 

This black tea blend is a seasonal offering that we've incorporated into our menu to invoke a deep sense of holiday cheer in our clientele. Fine quality black teas from India and Ceylon are combined with a wonderful mixture of wintry herbs and spices to form a brew that will recall your fondest memories of time spent with friends and family in front of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. 

Holiday Blend Tea

8. Spiced Holiday Punch | HoQ Restaurant 

303 E. 5th St. 

HoQ Restaurant’s “Spiced Holiday Punch” is made with Wild Roots pear vodka, Wilson’s Orchard apple cider, chai-spiced syrup, Allspice Dram, fresh orange and lemon. 

Spiced Holiday Punch

9. Nosh Hot Cocoa | Nosh Café & Eatery 

424 E. Locust St. 

When you visit Nosh Café & Eatery during the Holiday Promenade, try out “Nosh Hot Cocoa” featuring Ghirardelli cocoa powder, milk of your choice, topped with whipped cream and Lucky Charms marshmallows. 

Nosh Hot Cocoa

10. Neapolitan Stout | Peace Tree Brewing Co. 

317 E. Court Ave.  

Beginning Friday, Nov. 11, the “Neapolitan Stout” featuring chocolate strawberry and vanilla will be offered. Order it during the Promenade beginning Friday, Nov. 18. 

Neapolitan Stout

11. Berries & Cream | The Republic on Grand 

401 E. Grand Ave. 
The “Berries & Cream” will be served at The Republic on Grand throughout the duration of the Promenade. The drink is made with vodka, lemon Juice, real cranberry sauce and heavy cream.

Berries and Cream

12. Miracle on 4th Street | The New Northwestern Cocktail and Wine Bar 

321 E. Walnut St. 
Try out the “Miracle on 4th Street” at The New Northwestern. It features Revelton Mulberry Gin, Allspice Dram, Orgeat, lemon, cranberry and a sugar rim with a sprig of rosemary garnish. 

Miracle on 4th Street

The Holiday Promenade is an opportunity to support local businesses in the Historic East Village in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Learn more about this annual event here

More Downtown Des Moines (DSM) restaurants are opening all the time. Don’t miss out on bakeries, brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza, seafood, bars and breweries in downtown. Here’s the in on where to eat locally in Downtown DSM

Jerrica Marshall

Jerrica Marshall is the first Executive Director for The Directors Council. Jerrica will lead this coalition of leaders' mission to improve the conditions of individuals in the neighborhoods we serve through systemic change. Jerrica Marshall is also the former Downtown Placemaking Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.