Wining & Dining
Spread some Cheer with Holiday Spirits!
12/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Spread Cheer

The holidays mean different things to different people. For families, it’s a season of magic mixed with childhood wonder. For adults of legal drinking age (with or without kids), it can be about all those things . . . plus a little alcohol. 

Here in Lake Charles, we have plenty of options to help spice up your next holiday party. To kick things off, the good folks over at Crying Eagle Brewery have several great choices to fit almost any palate.

This year, Crying Eagle has added two heaping spoonfuls of holiday cheer to their flagship Belgian-style single, Ready to Mingle. They call it Ready to Jingle, which takes the unique character and richness you expect from their most popular brew and adds the distinctive seasonal flavors of cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, and ginger. Basically, it’s Christmas on tap. 

They’re also doing a Winter Saison, but apart from Ready to Jingle, the real star of their holiday lineup this year is the Box of Chocolates. Working together with other Lake Area businesses, the Box of Chocolates is a variety of milk stouts that includes Cafe au Lait Milk Stout with the help of Acadiana Coffee Roasters, Mexican Hot Chocolate Milk Stout in partnership with Boombox Frozen Treats, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Milk Stout in collaboration with Helen Street Bakehouse, and a Chai Milk Stout, which alone more or less makes Crying Eagle the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of breweries. These  beers are draft only and taproom exclusive, but growlers or crowlers can be purchased to take home.

Interested in a big bowl of holiday punch or some festive cocktails for your party? You might want to stock up on varieties of Bayou Rum and Yellowfin Vodka. 

Yellowfin Otoro Pecan Pie Boozy Milkshakes 

by James Wyatt 


This recipe makes 3

Add 1oz. Hershey’s Caramel to a glass and set to side

In a blender, add 1 tbsp cinnamon, ½ cup sugar, 6 oz. Yellowfin Otoro

Single Estate Vodka, 1oz. Godiva liqueur, 1/4th of your favorite pecan pie and 1.5 pints of your favorite vanilla ice cream

Blend and pour into 3 glasses
Top with whipped cream, cinnamon/sugar, pecan pie pieces, caramel drizzle and a cherry

The CranRaz-Tini made with YellowFin Otoro 

by Sabrina Newell


3 raspberries, soaked in 1 oz. lemon juice and rolled in 1 tsp sugar

2 ½ oz. cranberry juice

2 oz. Yellowfin Otoro Single Estate Vodka

1 oz. Lillet Rose

½ oz. lemon juice


Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a shaker, add the remaining ingredients. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled martini glass rimmed with lemon juice and sugar. Garnish with a long lemon peel shaped into a bow.

From Bayou Rum:

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini



1 oz. White Rum

¾ oz. Gator Bite Coffee

½ oz. peppermint simple syrup

½ oz. white chocolate syrup

3 oz. half & half or egg nog


Shake over ice, strain and serve in a martini glass.  Add a dusting of cinnamon to the top for that festive spirit!

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