Holiday Spirits – National Park Style

Holiday Spirits – National Park Style

As we gather with friends and family to toast the winter holidays and the new year, consider putting some extra cheer into your season with these cocktails that are served in iconic National Park restaurants.

Our friendly food and beverage teams at our Nation’s Vacations destinations would love nothing more than to serve you in person during your next visit to a National Park – but in the meantime, we hope you’ll pick up a shaker and a fancy glass and enjoy!

The Singer Tavern Lounge at Lake Crescent Lodge – Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent Lodge was originally named Singer’s Lake Crescent Tavern when established in 1913. This historic and charming property on the shores of Lake Crescent is located just 20 minutes outside of Port Angeles, Washington. Open April through the New Year, Lake Crescent Lodge offers cozy hospitality in a gorgeous setting.

Their Evergreen Gimlet features Rainier Mountain Fresh Gin, which is distilled in small batches in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Lake Crescent Gimlet


Evergreen Gimlet


  • 2 oz Rainier Gin
  • 1 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice


  • 1 Fresh cracked pepper, rosemary sprig


  • Combine in shaker with ice, strain into a coupe or martini glass, and serve with garnish


Note: for Rosemary Simple Syrup, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 5 fresh rosemary sprigs in a saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes before straining and discarding rosemary. Cover and chill for up to 1 month.

Driftwood Lounge at Lake Powell Resort – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

At Lake Powell Resort, guests of the Driftwood Lounge enjoy stunning lake views, watching the boat traffic at Wahweap Marina and a menu of relaxed pub fare. This casual and relaxed restaurant is open year-round.

Enjoy their seasonal cocktail which offers bourbon combined with warm spices accented by a dash of molé bitters, which brings hints of Mexican chocolate, cinnamon and spice to this party in a glass.

Lake Powell Family Tradition


Family Tradition

Servings: 1


  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1 tsp Allspice Dram Liqueur
  • .25 oz Rich Demerara syrup
  • 1 Dash Molé Bitters
  • Zest Orange
  • Zest Lemon


  • Star Anise


Combine in shaker, serve over ice in rocks glass with garnish.

The Ahwahnee Bar at Yosemite National Park

Staying in the heart of the park at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel allows park visitors to take a magical hike, snap a perfect winter landscape photo, or even hit the slopes or snowshoe at Badger Pass Ski Area. Warm up after exploring the park with this sweet treat from the Ahwahnee Bar.

Ahwahnee Hot Chocolate


Peppermint Twist


  • 1 oz peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 oz Crème de Cacao
  • 6 oz Hot Chocolate


  • whipped cream, cacao powder and crushed peppermint candies


Combine and serve in mug with garnish.

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