5 Nonalcoholic Holiday Sips That’ll Make You Cheer-Hoo!
Sugar and spice, and chocolate twice, in this roundup of free-spirited holiday drinks in Honolulu.
Yes, holiday cocktail roundups usually make you want to get lit like a decked-out fir. But, if you’re allergic to alcohol (where all my Asians at?!), decided to be the D.D. (mahalo for keeping our roads and friends safe) or don’t want to look all hammahz the next day, this list is for you!
PhotoS: enjy el-kadi
“Whoa, that’s some good sh*t.” Exact words after we tried Moku Kitchen’s So Figgin’ Awesome mocktail. The winner of an in-house drink recipe contest, the faux aperitif is fig simple syrup, soda water and mint. The sweet subtleness of fig, then fizziness, followed by a hit of refreshing mint: figgin’ awesome.
$6, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, (808) 591-6658, mokukitchen.com
Photo: courtesy of glazer’s coffee
Not an eggnog fan? Well, get ready to drink your words. Glazer’s Coffee offers an eggnog latte that is best described as Christmas in a mug. The creamy mix of espresso, steamed eggnog and milk, served warm or chilled, is topped off with oh-so-cute holiday-inspired foam art. One co-worker described it as “a coffee that tastes like ice cream.”
Small: $4.50; large: $4.75, 2700 S. King St., facebook.com/glazerscoffee
Fairly new to Ala Moana Center, tea shop Steepologie is already brewing up some holiday magic with its Fireside with Spice tea. An ingredient list almost as long as Santa’s includes: black tea, safflowers, cranberries, orange peel, orange spice, cinnamon chips, whole cloves, lemon, hibiscus, rosehips, marigold flowers, vanilla and apple extract. The aroma of the pre-steeped bag is similar to li hing mui, but, when brewed, the festive notes (mostly cinnamon, orange, apple and cranberry) danced around in my mouth. Take the loose-leaf tea to go by the ounce or order up a hot (or cold) cup in shop.
$3.95 for small, $4.95 for large cup, Ala Moana Center, (808) 206-8883, steepologie.com
Photo: Courtesy of Hukilau Honolulu
It’s a white Christmas thanks to Hukilau Honolulu’s Hot Kalo, available starting Friday, Dec. 21. Kalo adds depth and rich, caramel-ly flavor to this take on hot chocolate made with white chocolate and milk. Think virgin buttery nipple, for those of us who used to party in the ’90s. To add more jingle bells and whistles, it’s topped with house-made haupia marshmallow puffs, whipped cream and a candy cane. And, for those looking for something to buzz about, it can be spiked with coconut rum.
Virgin: $5; spiked: $10, 1088 Bishop St., Suite LL13, (808) 523-3460, dahukilau.com
Sorry Swiss Miss, you’re out. The take-home, make-it-yourself Hot Cocoa Wonderland pack from Choco le‘a blows away the competition. It comes with festive-shaped dark chocolate solids, teeny marshmallows, milk powder and powdered sugar. Add 6 ounces of hot water or milk and watch all the ingredients melt together into a rich, ultra-chocolatey concoction that is the perfect, smooth consistency for dunking holiday sweets.
$3.99 per pack, 2909 Lowrey Ave., (808) 371-2234, chocolea.com.