It’s that time of year when we’re all tempted to cozy up with a holiday drink. Whether it’s a festive coffee or a yuletide cocktail, Jackson has no shortage of stops for you along the way. Maybe you’re looking to wind down after a busy workday, trying to wrap things up for the holidays; or just need to run into a coffee shop for a midday pick-me-up. Wherever you’re headed, these local breweries, cafes, and shops will have just the thing to get you into the Christmas spirit.
If you’re hoping to enjoy your cocktail in a warm, industrial atmosphere with a variety of house-made spirits, Grand River Brewery is the place to go. Grand River is even selling some holiday gift baskets, so if you’re a bit behind on your Christmas shopping, pick one up after you’ve had a festive cocktail or freshly brewed craft beer.
Maybe you’re planning on meeting some out-of-town friends right off the highway. One North is the perfect pit-stop for those quick holiday gatherings, meant for catching up, exchanging gifts, and of course, enjoying some classic Christmas cocktails, like the cult favorite, the Spiked Hot Chocolate.
Making plans for a holiday date night? Stop into Veritas and grab a couple of Merry Little Christmas Cocktails. They’re serving a variety of holiday drinks, including the Ginger Snapped with gingersnap vodka, white chocolate liqueur, and simple syrup, and the Rosemary Oaxacan Old Fashioned with rosemary-infused tequila, Del Vida Meguey, and simple syrup. One sip, and you’ll have a Merry Little Christmas, indeed.
Photo: Grand River Brewery
Musgrove & Co. is the perfect spot to have a laid-back afternoon catch-up with a friend over a festive cup of joe. Their Mint Mocha and Merry Matcha are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Their modern, chic atmosphere will provide the perfect break in your day as you sit back and sip on something sweet.
If you’re in search of a setting that’s a bit cozier, curl up at Jackson Coffee Company, where you can try the Sugar Plum Fairy with gingerbread, cinnamon, and vanilla, or the Candy Cane with white chocolate and peppermint. Take in a sweet treat while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holidays in downtown Jackson, while the smell of roasting coffee beans lingers in the air.
Photo: Musgrove & Co.
Is the chill in the air inspiring you to get a bit frosty with your beverage as well? Healthies 101 is serving holiday shakes until the end of December, where they’ll be serving up five different types of shakes, including the Peppermint Oreo and Christmas Sugar Cookie, and a couple of wintery teas as well.
Now, if you’re really looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, stop into either RJ’s Heavenly Delights on West Ave or RJ’s Metropolitan Ice Cream Co. on Michigan Ave for a holiday shake that will shock you. Their Mr. Gingerbread Man is piled high with candy canes, sprinkles, ice cream, and every holiday treat you can dream of.
Photo: Healthies 101
Thirsty yet? We thought so. Lucky for you, there’s still time in the Christmas season to grab one of these delicious drinks before they’re gone with the rest of 2021.
About the blogger: Olivia Pageau is part of the Experience Jackson team, and loves the holidays. You should, too.