Athens is no stranger to unique drinks and treats, especially during the holidays. From decadent cocktail menus to delicious coffees and specialty desserts, the Classic City is the one-stop shop for all things festive and fun! Check out our list of the holiday sips and snacks you need to try this holiday season. 


The Expat's Miracle Bar


Come out to The Expat from November 24 through December 30, 2023, for Miracle Bar! The Expat will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and the Miracle pop-up bar will be taking place across the entire restaurant. Be sure to try some signature cocktails, from the Christmapolitan to the Snowball Old-Fashioned. Check out their website for more details on drink specials.

In addition to Miracle Bar, The Expat will be offering two holiday desserts: The Smores Tart and White Chocolate Budino. The tart consists of a graham tart shell, chocolate custard filling, and lapsang souchong caramel. The toasted white chocolate budino has a white chocolate peppermint ganache, peppermint meringue crumble, and triple chocolate peppermint bark.

Grinch Mocha

Jittery Joe's would never miss an opportunity for some creative drinks! This year's holiday menu features two new additions. The Grinch Mocha is a white mocha latte with creme de menthe syrup and the Polar Bear Mocha is also a white mocha latte but with blackberry syrup. They both can be hot or iced and are available at all of the Jittery Joe's locations in Athens. Show your love for this Athens staple by trying their new menu items!

Paloma Park's Holiday Bar

Paloma Park's Holiday Bar, featuring elaborate decorations, festive music, and delicious holiday cocktails, is now open! "The North Pole" will be in the Cantina Room of the restaurant and will be open during all regular business hours. To name a few, the holiday bar serves an Underneath the Mistle-Mojitoe, a Yuletide Mule, a Festivus for the Rest of Us, and so much more! Take a trip to the North Pole this holiday season and try some of these unique holiday treats. 

Classic Peppermint Mochas

You can't go wrong with a Peppermint Mocha during the holidays! This year, Sunroof Coffee is serving this festive staple alongside their Gingerbread Flat White. Additionally, Choco Pronto is serving its variation of the Peppermint Mocha. Other holiday specialties at this shop include peppermint and spiced maple syrups!

Cecilia's Preordered Cakes

Be sure to check out Cecilia's Cake Shop for signature holiday cakes and specialties! Browse the seasonal cake flavors and specialty decorations on the shop's website. Flavors range from classic New York Cheesecake to festive flavors like a Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cake and Chocolate Tiramisu. Orders can be placed online or over the phone at (706) 543-3308. 

Polar Espresso

@local Coffeehouse is offering a ton of holiday drinks this season! The Polar Espresso is a classic peppermint mocha with Irish creme. The coffee shop on the corner of College Avenue is also serving a Bourbon Eggnog Latte, a Christmas Cookie Latte, and a Candy Cane Latte. Take a stroll downtown and try one of these unique sips!

Savie's Specialty Cakes and Desserts

Sweetie Pie By Savie is an Asian-infused Athens bakery that specializes in extravagant specialty desserts and cakes. This holiday season, Savie is serving customized cakes, sweet and savory scones, and decorated holiday cookies. Browse her flavors and designs on her website. You can place orders online, call the store at (706) 850-9255, or visit the shop at 150 Whitehall Rd, Athens, GA 30605. Give this unique and delicious bakery a try for the holidays! 

Starbucks Holiday Drinks


Prince Market is downtown Athens' fully stocked grocery store and market. But most importantly, the market features the full Starbucks drink menu, including holiday specialties! The market will be serving the notorious Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Cookie Latte, Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino, and Sugar Cookie-flavored coffee. Give a warm welcome to this new addition to the Athens grocery scene and be sure to stop and enjoy a delicious Starbucks holiday treat. 

Not the Muffin Man Latte

Sips Espresso is bringing the holiday magic to its coffee shop this winter! Come out to the cafe on Prince Avenue for the Not the Muffin Man, a gingerbread and cookie butter latte. To name a few, their holiday menu also includes the Augustus Stroop, a brown sugar cinnamon syrup with caramel sauce latte, and the Bunny Slope, a sanctuary chai and dark chocolate peppermint mocha. Take a trip to Sips Espresso to try these holiday treats and then some!

Puma Yu's Holiday Cocktail Menu

Puma Yu's just dropped their holiday cocktail menu for 2023! Check out their menu to explore one-of-a-kind cocktails paired with delicious Southeast Asian cuisine. Stop by Puma Yu's at the historic Southern Mill complex this December!

Stay tuned! If we hear about more awesome holiday treats, we'll update the list!


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