It’s the holiday season, and Tampa Bay’s food scene is nothing short of a winter wonderland to match the many festivities happening around the city. From curated coffees to handcrafted wines, these are the treats that transform Tampa Bay–and your tastebuds! Here is your official guide to the city’s seasonal specials and delights that are happening this December.
Coffee, Tea & Sweet Treats
Holiday Cookie Latte
The Holiday Cookie Latte at Foxtail Coffee Co. has heightened the standard for seasonal coffees. This cup of holiday magic is made with cookies, condensed milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Foxtail Coffee Co. also offers more festive drinks, including: Peppermint Mocha Latte, Gingerbread Latte, and Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew. If you’re looking for an eggnog flavor, look out for their Eggnog Latte that launches this December 1st.
Jeni’s Ice Cream has unveiled a list of both new and old flavors to kick off the month of December. Merry Berry is only here for a limited time, concocted with brambly berry buttermilk cream, amaretti cookies, and raspberry coulis. Other additions to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are just as ambitious in flavor and spirit: their classic White Chocolate Peppermint, and Boozy Eggnog, which is back by popular demand–A rich egg custard with lots of nutmeg and whiskey made with Uncle Nearest, a company known for its premium whiskeys.
Lucky for us, that’s not all: from 12/4 through 12/29 at all Jeni’s shops, experience the L’affogato: an ice cream topped with two shots of roasted cold brew from Slingshot Coffee Co. If you order before 5 PM, your order is 20% off.
Kaleisia Tea is presenting guests with a tas-tea lineup of drinks for the winter season, including the GReeNCH Smoothie featuring matcha, Oreo wafers and topped with whipped cream. Other holiday items include the vegan-friendly Merry Berry, a tropical breeze fruit tea with white cranberry juice and crushed fresh cranberries; the Peppermint Candy Latte, made with Peppermint Candy Rooibos Tea and peppermint candy; the Chocolate Truffles Milk Tea with Truffle Noir Black Tea, and the Chocolate Mint Milk Tea. Mmmm – cozy!
Tea Lover? Kaleisia will be hosting a free tea tasting on Dec. 16 between 1-5pm. Explore their new teas and all their seasonal favorites!
Holiday Assortment Donuts
For those with a sweet tooth that demands to be satiated, Nicolas Donuts will exceed your expectations this December. Call and get your own custom assortment of holiday donuts, with the options of raised, cake, or filled donuts. Nicolas Donuts will also extend their business hours on 12/24–the only Sunday they’ll be open!
Raining Berries has released their holiday drink lineup, and it looks delicious. Highlighted here is the Eggnog latte, made of espresso, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you guessed it… eggnog. At Raining Berries, a plethora of indulgent drinks await you: Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Chai and Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. Plus, snag a cup to take home – customers who order a mason jar with their drink get to keep both!
Peppermint Bark Tea
TeBella, known for its loose leaf and strongly brewed teas, is re-launching their best-selling holiday tea: Peppermint Bark. It’s a winter symphony made with “rich, creamy black tea with the perfect balance of chocolate and mint, finished off with crushed peppermint for a festive touch”, as stated on their website. If you’re feeling cozy, try out their Gingerbread Tea, a spicy-sweet blend made with caramel, cinnamon, and ginger.
If you’re someone who likes to stock up on their teas, TeBella is also having multiple sales this month: from December 1st to the 4th, there will be a sale on select products. From December 29th to the 31st, all winter teas are 15% off.
Gingerbread Latte Donut
The Salty is getting festive! From now until December 17, the shop will feature a traditional Sufganiyot made with a 24-hour mini brioche filled with strawberry jam and rolled in powdered sugar. Starting December 18 through December 24, two more seasonal specials will make their debut, including the Gingerbread Latte Donut, a 24-hour gingerbread man-shaped brioche filled with coffee buttercream, molasses glaze and topped with a drizzle of coffee reduction, coffee crumbs and crunchy pearls, and the Eggnog Cinnamon Roll, filled with eggnog custard, glazed to perfection and adorned with festive red & green sprinkles. Both donut special will also have an accompanying winter coffee – Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte.
Sip into the Season
Indulge in the season’s warmth with Watervüe Grille’s enchanting lineup of seasonal coffee flavors! Savor the spirited notes of Peppermint Mocha, experience sweet sophistication with White Chocolate, and embrace the cozy charm of Gingerbread. Elevate your coffee experience and let the flavors of the holidays awaken your senses at Watervüe Grille. Unwrap joy in every sip!
Cocktails, Wine & More
Barterhouse Ybor always has a catalog of unique cocktails, and this holiday season is no different. For a limited time only, enjoy a White Christmas–a cocktail comprising biscotti, vanilla vodka, and coconut. Other featured drinks at Barterhouse include Pole Dancer, an espresso martini made with vodka, espresso, and Borghetti mint ice-cream and Egg Nog, made with brown butter, washed Jack Daniels blend, eggnog, and vanilla ice cream.
Hyatt Regency at Clearwater is celebrating the holidays with their “Apres Sea” holiday pop up experience. For a limited time, experience a variety of holiday-themed beverages like Sugar Cookie Martini, Gingerbread Old Fashioned, and Mistletoe Mimosa. Apres Sea will be open every Thursday and Friday on the resort’s Sky Terrace rooftop venue, which overlooks the beach. Plus, ‘dive’ into their holiday activity lineup: “Christmas in Paradise” pool parties every Thursday from 11AM until sunset, Santa-led cocktail classes every Friday at 5PM, and “Christmas Cookies and Cocktails’” classes every Sunday at 4 P.M.
Keel Farms prides itself on producing quality wines, ales, and ciders, with options to purchase online, or dine in at their Restaurant. This December, they are selling a blackberry and pecan cider, as well as select seasonal wines with their subsidiary company, Keel and Curley Wines.
Avid wine and ale lovers can also look forward to Keel Farms’ 12 Days of Christmas, where customers can look forward to treats such as a free Keel and Curley wine glass with their purchase of wine, or a free growler with the purchase of a fill of their choice.
Santa’s Egg Nog
Kona Grill has released its Holiday Cheers Menu featuring festive favorites like pumpkin pie and roasted turkey. They’ll also be mixing up some specialty cocktails for the season like The Holiday Martini, Catch Me If You Can and Santa’s Egg Nog. For every Santa’s Egg Nog cocktail sold, Kona will be donating a $1 to the World Central Kitchen nonprofit. Kona‘s Holiday Cheers Menu will run through the end of January.
The Feinstein Group is unveiling their new Christmas pop-up bar, named “Santa Social Club”. Highlighted amongst their signature drinks are some new holiday flavored cocktails: Rudolph’s Red Nose Tini is a cocktail topped with berries, Santa‘s Spiked Cider Sip comes with a velvety layer of whipped cream, and Partridge in a Pear Tree features a martini with dried pear. However, the festivities don’t stop there! The Feinstein Group will also be hosting a Christmas movie night on December 11th and accepting donations for their Toys-For-Tots initiative.
Still need gift ideas? Check out our 2023 Holiday Gifts Guide!