As Jakarta closes in on Christmas cheer at the end of the year, we can all look forward to the beautiful decorations, the delicious feasts, the festive celebrations, and, most of all, the Christmas cocktail specials that pop around various outlets around the city. From twists on classic Christmas cocktails such as eggnog and mulled wine, to Indonesian inspired new takes on the holiday theme. Here’s a quick list of a few places to quench your thirst for some end of year tipples.

Barong Bar, Fairmont Jakarta

Fairmont Jakarta’s very own whiskey and cigar bar the Barong Bar is redefining the concept of Christmas cocktails with their very own take on the holiday spirit. Inspired by their hotel’s fairytale theme this December, the minds behind the bar have concocted two tropical takes on their cocktails. Based on the popular children’s fairytale of Peter Pan, the Tiki Hook and Tinker Comes cocktails bring out the best of Indonesian ingredients. Infusing local flavors into their drinks, this is a new take on Christmas cocktails you wouldn’t want to pass up. The tipples are available at the Barong Bar in the Fairmont Hotel till the end of the year.

Tales of the Cocktails Menu

Tiki Hook

Dark Rum, Salak Juice, Kiwi and Pineapple Syrup

Tinker Comes

Gin, Grape Vinegar, Elderflower Syrup, Tonic Water, and Lemon

Barong Bar, Fairmont Jakarta

Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Jakarta Pusat

+6221 2970 3333

IG: @barongbarjkt

Djournal House

Known for their coffee cocktails, the ISMAYA group’s Djournal House this December is offering up their versions of Christmas cocktails. Part of their Djournal Cups of Cheer promotion for December, the bar is offering up three unique cocktails in addition to their regular menu. Serving till the 5th of January, there are two versions of the classic Christmas eggnog, a hot version, and iced version are offered as well as the Spiced Biscuit Martini, a twist on an espresso martini that features the popular speculoos Biscoff biscuit in the recipe. Our choice of the cocktails is the Iced Djournal Holiday Eggnog that is a perfect Christmas themed cocktail for the hot weather in Jakarta. Also, Djournal House is serving up a non-alcoholic Christmas special featuring Biscoff cookies.

Djournal Cups of Cheer Menu

Spiced Biscuit Martini

Djournal Kopi Liqueur, Rye Whiskey, Espresso, Salted Caramel Syrup, Biscoff Spread

Hot Djournal Holiday Eggnog

Biscoff Spread, Vanilla Scotch, Brown Sugar, Egg, Milk, Cinnamon, Ginger

Iced Djournal Holiday Eggnog

Biscoff Spread, Vanilla Scotch, Brown Sugar, Egg, Milk, Cinnamon, Ginger

Djournal House

Jl. Gunawarman No,11A, Jakarta Selatan

+6221 2751 6939

IG: @djournal.house

Lola – Espíritu y Libacíon

One of Jakarta’s most famous speakeasies and late-night venues is serving up Christmas cocktails this holiday season. Lola – Espíritu y Libacíon is a South American inspired cocktail bar that is known for its drinks and music, catering to the South Jakarta crowd. Their Christmas cocktail menu this year was born from a collaborative process from various Biko group outlets. Collecting the best Christmas cocktail concepts from their mixologists, their drinks come from not only Lola, but also Pao Pao, Beer Hall, and Pippo. Serving till the end of the year, their take on a Christmas cocktail menu features traditional Christmas flavors such as ginger, cinnamon, and cream in the Let It Snow cocktail. And a more tropical take on the theme in their Home Alone cocktail. Available in various Biko group outlets, try as many as you can this holiday period.

This Christmas cocktail menu is also available in Mother Monster, Pao Pao, Beer Hall, and Pippo.

Biko Christmas Cocktail Menu

Let It Snow

Dark Rum, Ginger Liqueur, Homemade Honey, Ginger Sauce, Cinnamon Syrup, Egg yolk, Cream, Orange Bitters

Santa’s Hat

Whisky, Campari, Cacao Brown Liqueur, Meringue Cream

Home Alone

Pineapple Infused Rum, Vodka Infused Blood Orange, Mango and Passion Fruit, Lychee Syrup, Passion Fruit Puree, Basil, Lemon, Rimmed Pop Rock Candy

Sleigh Bells

Whisky, Campari, Vanilla Syrup, Banana

Lola – Espíritu y Libacíon

Jl. Gunawarman No.21, Jakarta Selatan

+6221 2751 3500

IG: @lolajkt

Molly Malones Irish Bar

For those looking more for a homey pub vibe that serves Christmas specials, look no further than Molly Malones Irish Bar. The authentic Irish pub located in the Arcadia building in Senayan is serving up a more classic Christmas cocktail menu. Inspired by the celebrations of Christmas, the holiday menu is designed after popular Christmas songs, such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Last Christmas,” and “All I Want for Christmas.” A good playlist of six different holiday cocktails, Molly’s is serving up more traditional Christmas flavors in their drinks. Serving till the end of the year, check out the Last Christmas cocktail that is the Molly’s version of mulled wine made from Indonesian wine. As well as the All I Want For Christmas cocktail that combines the flavors of our favorite Christmas sweets and treats.

Molly Malones Christmas Cocktail Menu

Jingle Bell Rock

Cinnamon Vodka, Apple Juice, Pop Rocks Candy

Winter Wonderland

Spiced Rum, Coconut Liqueur, Coconut Milk, Desiccated Coconut

Fairytale in New York

Irish Whiskey, Port, Apple Juice, Cinnamon

Last Christmas

Warm Spiced Red Wine, Brandy

Santa Baby

Port, Cranberry Juice, Candy Cane

All I Want for Christmas

Candy Cane Vodka, Irish Cream Liqueur, Hot Chocolate, Whipped Cream, Candy Cane

Molly Malones Irish Bar

Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Jakarta Pusat

+6221 5790 1433

IG: @mollymalonesjkt

Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar

As usual, the talented bar team at the Union group has prepared a special menu for the holiday season. Keeping up with the holiday theme are four Christmas themed cocktails. The menu features heavy influences from Indonesian ingredients, delivering a unique take on Christmas. Twisting classics such as eggnog with salted egg and gula Melaka, and glühwein with spices and pineapple, these drinks are redefining the concept of a Christmas cocktail. In addition to delivering the holiday spirit, profits from the drink sales are going to a charitable cause. A portion of the sales will go to Yayasan Bhakti Luhur, who provides care for children with disabilities. Available in various Union Group outlets, don’t miss out on the Christmas cheer.

This Christmas cocktail menu is also available in Bistecca, Caffè Milano, Cork & Screw Plaza Indonesia, Cork & Screw Pacific Place, Cork & Screw Country Club, Loewy, and all Union restaurants.

Union Group Christmas Cocktail Menu

Red Nose

Rum, Lime, Pink Grapefruit, Basil, Bitters

Salted Eggnog

Whiskey, Fernet Branca, Milk Tea, Salted Egg, Gula Melaka

St. Nick

Rum, Cynar, Bay Leaf Sous Vide Bianco Vermouth, Spices, Bitters

White Glühwein

Chardonnay, Christmas Distillate, Pineapple

Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar

Plaza Senayan, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Jakarta Pusat

+6221 5790 5861

IG: @unionjkt


 

Written by: @Sip_Sensei

An educator by day, Tariq Widarso is a cocktail enthusiast and home bartender behind the all-things-mixology Instagram page @sip_sensei. Using social media as a platform to educate and raise awareness about the world of cocktails, he aims to create a greater appreciation of the craft through his writing, events, workshops, and of course, his photography