12 Historic East Village Drinks to Try During the Holiday Promenade
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Jerrica Marshall is the Downtown Placemaking Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.