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Sip on These Seasonal Beverages in Downtown DSM This December

Warm Drinks Downtown

December 15, 2022

Try a warm drink from our list of drinkeries in Downtown Des Moines (DSM), so you can enjoy the season’s offerings from local bars and coffee shops. We’ve rounded up seasonal libations including where to find hot toddies, local holiday craft beer releases and festive coffees and tea, too! 

Downtown Des Moines: Hot Toddies & Seasonal Drinks  

503 Cocktail Lab + Tasting Room  

Located in the Historic East Village  
Hot toddy anyone? Put your order in for the “503 Toddy”: Four Roses bourbon, local honey, cardamom, cinnamon and finished with lemon peel warming you right down to your toes.  

Bellhop Tiki  

Located in the Historic East Village  
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — holiday menu time! The “Kris Kringle Jingle” is made of pinnacle whipped vodka with Frangelico and ginger jingle cookie syrup; “Feliz Navidad” is Mezcal, Goslings Black Seal Rum spiced cocoa cream and powdered sugar; the “Mistletoe Kisses” is made with a rum blend, cranberry rosemary syrup, egg white, lime, cinnamon simple syrup, coconut cream and mint … and that’s just naming a few!  

Confluence Brewing Company  

Located in the Gray’s Lake Area  
There are several limited time, seasonal flavors to try before they’re gone! The “Saison Des Moines” “evokes the taste and feeling of the holidays” with its tart cranberry and spruce flavorings. The “Saint Nick’s Gingerbread-Inspired Ale” is a spiced brown ale brimming with warming ginger, rich vanilla and baking spice aromas. Cheers!  

Good News, Darling  

Located in the Downtown Core Area  
Now through Saturday, Dec. 31, Good News, Darling takes on its holiday persona: Naughty List. During the season, sample the cocktail pop-up menu including “Irish Coffee,” “Warm Spiked Cider,” “Grasshopper” and more! Table reservations are encouraged, and walk-ins are welcome when space is available.  

Peace Tree Brewing  

Located in the Historic East Village  
Holiday beers tapping soon! On Friday, Dec. 9, Peace Tree will unveil the “Candy Cane Imperial Stout” then shortly after on Friday, Dec. 16, give the “Kranberry Krampus Cranberry Cocktail” a sip (or two, or three)!  

Secret Admirer  

Located near Historic Court District  
Known as the Nice List through the end of December, Secret Admirer’s holiday cocktail pop-up will include yummy seasonal libations such as the “Nice Rum Punch,” “Hot Toddy,” “Teddy Graham,” “Old Fashioned” and several more! Space is first come, first served.  

The New Northwestern  

Located in the Historic East Village  
Each Friday through Dec. 16, take advantage of the Holiday Happy Hour: ½ off wine by the glass and ½ off hot toddies. Additionally, order the seasonal “Miracle on 4th Street Martini” for just $7.  

Downtown Des Moines: Coffee, Tea + More Seasonal Beverages  

Mars Coffee

Located in the Downtown Core Area  |  Skywalk Access 
For a limited time, stop in and order a drink off the winter menu! The “Sweater Weather” latte includes honey and hints of rosemary. And the “Winterberry Dirty Chia” features espresso, chai flavoring and notes of blackberry — with a few other drinks to try as well!  

Smokey Row Coffee  

Located in Sherman Hill  
Stop in for your favorite cup of java or tea and stock up on bagged coffee, such as the Christmas Crème flavor: the aroma of French vanilla and almond will add a festive ambiance to Christmas morning brew, perfect to share with visiting family or to give as a gift!  

Find tips on Downtown Des Moines (DSM) parking and navigation, explore more restaurants and nightlife options plus discover a list of upcoming events on the Downtown DSM events calendar. Additionally, follow @downtownDSMUSA on Instagram for more epic, things-you-just-can’t-miss happening around Downtown.  

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