Winter Drinks in Oxford, Ohio

'Tis the season for delicious winter drinks! And Oxford's locally-owned bars and restaurants have a range to choose from. How about a frozen eggnog with brandy? Or maybe a hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps? The list of festive flavors is endless and sure to warm you right up.

Almost all of the businesses on the list are part of the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), which means you can take these decadent holiday drinks to go! We suggest getting a warm drink in a DORA cup and then walking around uptown to enjoy all the twinkling goodness that is Oxford Night Lights.

Due to COVID, business hours are subject to change. We recommend calling ahead before venturing out to make sure businesses are open during the hours you plan on visiting!

Bar 1868

13 W. High St.

Named after the year in which the building was constructed, Bar 1868 is underground but never forgotten. Down a single flight of stairs are some tasty drinks that will get you in the holiday mood.

Try an apple cider, hot or cold, with a splash of apple or salted caramel Crown whiskey. Want something with a bit more of a kick? Apple moonshine is also on the menu.

Or keep it classic and get a hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps.

Bar 1868 is participating in the DORA. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

Books & Brews

107 E. Church St.

When you think of Books & Brews, you probably think of board games and menu items with fun literature puns. This winter you'll also be thinking of their seasonal drinks, of which they have quite a few.

Their Peppermint Martini, lined on the rim with crushed candy canes, is as Instagrammable as it is yummy. And what about their drink known as The Grinch? Safe to say it will make your heart grow three times as big.

The menu also includes frozen eggnog with brandy, frozen peppermint mocha, Irish cream coffee, and hot chocolate with butterscotch or peppermint schnapps.

Books & Brews is participating in the DORA. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

Gaslight Brewhouse

325 S. College Ave.

Gaslight Brewhouse not only offers a wide selection of holiday drinks but a back patio with firepits on which to enjoy them! Make sure to call ahead for availability.

This season their drinks include an Apple Cranberry Spiced Sangria, a White Christmas Margarita, a Poinsettia Cocktail, a Kentucky Maple Mule, and a Merry Christmas Ale.

Looking for something for the little ones? Try the Son of a Nutcracker Elf Shake, a peppermint shake topped with whip cream and gumdrops.

Follow Gaslight on Instagram for updates.


38 W. High St.

Who doesn't adore cozy, locally-owned coffee houses? Kofenya is a favorite to both Miami University students and residents alike, and this year they're keeping everyone extra toasty with a selection of warm-you-up cocktails:

  • London Hazey: Earl Grey tea, Frangelico’s, and Bailey’s
  • Lumberjacked: black coffee, maple syrup, and Jameson
  • Nutella Nightcap: Mocha latte with Frangelico’s
  • Hot chocolate with Bailey’s, Jameson, and Frangelico’s

Kofenya is participating in the DORA. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

Sorriso Osteria & Bar

26 W. High St.

Sorriso Osteria & Bar is the new kid on the block and we couldn't be more excited about them! With a fun and fresh selection of pizza, grilled sandwiches, and tiramisu for dessert, what's not to love?

This season they're offering some additional menu items that include their specialty drink, the Cafe Sorriso, a chocolate hazelnut coffee. You can also order a variety of other coffee cocktails and a spiked peppermint hot chocolate cocktail topped with a generous amount of marshmallows.

Sorriso is participating in the DORA. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

Left Field Tavern

12 W. Park Place.

Left Field Tavern, nestled right in the corner next to the Enjoy Oxford office uptown, is a go-to place for pub grub. Wings, burgers, and the best toasted ravioli you've ever had!

This winter LFT is also offering the classic Hot Toddy, a cookies & cream martini, a cinnamon & apple martini, and Miami Ice cocktails. If you're more in the mood for a beer you can also get the Great Lakes Merry Christmas Ale!

Left Field Tavern is participating in the DORA. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

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