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Grand View, Great Drinks

11/27/2019 05:00PM ● By Jacqueline Gonzalez
By: Jaqueline Gonzales  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

When you walk into the Grandview Lounge, a sophisticated yet casual bar on the 11th floor of The Best Western Corpus Christi Hotel, you are welcomed by what is promised in the name – a grand view! The rooftop bar is surrounded by giant floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering a breathtaking view of the Corpus Christi Bay, and offers an extensive drink menu crafted by experienced bartenders. It is the perfect spot to catch a sunset, unwind after a long day, or have a holiday party.

Santa baby, just pour a little drink … for me. 

Every year, Santa makes a list and the naughty people receive coal, but here at The Grandview Lounge, the bartenders are getting creative with their drink menu, and creating cocktails that even those on the naughty list can raise a glass to. When a request was made for “something sweet, creamy, and candy-like,” Aly, a talented mixologist, concocted her newest holiday delight: The Naughty Santa. 

The milky white cocktail is a delicious blend reminiscent of the popular flavors of cinnamon rolls, sugar, and vanilla, forming a liquid winter wonderland. The flavor profile is designed to spice up a classic horchata with rum for an extra kick, and was achieved by mixing RumChata with Malibu Rum, half-and-half, and butterscotch.

The RumChata highlights the delicious flavors of the horchata via the rich spice blend and smooth taste, while the butterscotch adds a caramel and brown sugar flavor, reminding us of our favorite childhood candy that filled many stockings. 

The drink is decorated with a generous dollop of whipped cream, dusted with cinnamon, and topped with a maraschino cherry, bearing a likeness to Santa dashing through the snow. It is then served on the rocks in a highball Collins glass, making it perfect for a cold or warm South Texas Christmas. Appropriately named, The Naughty Santa packs a delicious punch to spread Christmas cheer to your taste buds. With holiday season here, we’re dreaming of sipping on this jolly and festive drink all December long. 

Grandview Lounge, which was opened in 2014, is part of the ongoing revitalization of downtown Corpus Christi. Although casual, the Grandview Lounge is also known for “many engagements, girls’ night out, or just a spot to come and enjoy the view,” says Aly. The bartenders are getting into the holiday spirit, and they love making unique cocktails for their patrons. So whether you’re in the mood for a vodka, rum, or tequila base, they’re ready to handcraft a cocktail so delicious, it’s sure to fuel your holiday season. 


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