Once upon a time, in a lounge not too far away, the bartenders at Four Seasons Hotel Austin created a magical world of holiday cocktails based on the classic children’s board game, “Candy Land.”

Luckily for Austinites and visitors to the Texas capital, this delicious fairy tale becomes reality later this month when five new Candy Land-themed holiday cocktails go on the menu in the Lobby Lounge bar inside the downtown Austin hotel.

Among the soon-to-debut 2014 holiday drinks:

Austin Holiday Cocktail

Lollipop Woods Holiday Cocktail

Peanut Brittle House: This variation on the classic New Orleans cocktail, the Milk Punch, combines Monkey Shoulder Scotch, an Allspice dram, banana-nut crunch rinsed milk and a salt tincture. Served on the rocks, the drink is finished with a delicate dusting of grated nutmeg.

Gingerbread Plum Trees: Plum Brandy, Domaine Canton and fresh lemon juice mix in this non-fussy cocktail, served in a coupe with a housemade ginger-sugar rim.

Lollipop Woods: Rosemary simple, lemon juice and grape lollipop-infused Hendricks Gin – barrel aged for six weeks – give this cocktail a delicate pink hue that’s offset by a simple rosemary sprig garnish.

Gloppy the Chocolate Monster: This drink brings the heat, both from a temperature and a flavor perspective, with its combination of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur and housemade hot chocolate, topped with a dollop of hand-shaken Galliano whipped cream.

Austin Holiday Cocktail

Gloppy the Chocolate Monster Holiday Cocktail

Lord Licorice: Unlike its namesake villain from the board game, the Lord Licorice cocktail is sure to grow on guests with its unique flavor and attractive presentation. Ingredients include Tennyson Absinthe, Berentzen Apple Liqueur, Chinese 5 Spice syrup, lemon juice and ginger beer, with chopsticks and dried star anise presenting a unique garnish.

The holiday cocktails, which are $14 each, also tie into the Candy Land theme of the Hotel’s 2014 Gingerbread Village, which will be on display in the Lobby from November 25 through December 31, 2014. The cocktails will be available over the same dates.

For more information, please contact the Lobby Lounge at (512) 685-8150.

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