JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa opens holiday pop-up bar, Arctic Lodge

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has opened its holiday pop-up bar, Arctic Lodge, which is open until Dec 30.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has opened its holiday pop-up bar, Arctic Lodge, which is open until Dec 30.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Ahead of Christmas, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has a new holiday pop-up bar.

The Arctic Lodge is open to the public and decked out in decor to celebrate the season. It is a water park restaurant converted into a holiday pop-up bar enclosed with twinkling lights, snowflakes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and more.

The Arctic Lodge features nine holiday cocktails—one for every reindeer that pulls Santa’s sleigh:

  • Dasher – Fizz Navidad: Gray Whale Gin, lemon, egg white, simple syrup, and soda
  • Dancer – Up to Snow Good: Bacardi Rum, coconut, evaporated milk, and cinnamon
  • Prancer – Treat Yo’ Elf: Carolans Irish Cream, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, chocolate syrup, and peppermint (served frozen)
  • Vixon – Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal: RumChata Rum Cream and hot chocolate
  • Comet – Are You Feeling Santa-mental: Angel’s Envy Bourbon, mint, cranberry, and simple syrup
  • Cupid – Run, Run As Fast As You Can: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, espresso, gingerbread syrup, and Kahlua
  • Donner – North Pole Mule: Maker’s Mark, ginger beer, and fresh lime
  • Blitzen – Mull It Over: Redemption Bourbon and warm apple cider
  • Rudolph – Under the Mistletoe: Patrón tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, Agave, and rosemary (served on the rocks)

Bartenders dressed in their best ugly Christmas sweaters are stirring up the cocktails in themed glasses, as well as holiday craft beers and ciders. For those that want to bring the taste of The Arctic Lodge to their home for the holidays, the bartenders have shared two cocktail recipes:

Treat Yo’ Elf Cocktail:

  • 1 oz. Carolans Irish Cream;
  • 1 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka;
  • Chocolate syrup; and
  • Peppermint syrup.

Fizz Navidad Cocktail:

  • 2 oz. Gray Whale Gin;
  • ¾ oz. lemon;
  • 1 oz. egg white;
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup; and
  • Soda

Guests that have worked up an appetite after enjoying the resort’s nightly light show, holiday crafts, and visits from Santa’s reindeer can enjoy festive snacks including spiced crackers and pimento cheese, candied pecan popcorn, peanut butter and chocolate muddy buddies, pistachio cranberry biscotti, pumpkin cherry bread, and peppermint chocolate bark.

The Arctic Lodge will be open every Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm through Dec. 30.

There are several other holiday activities that the hotel offers. Guests of the resort can enjoy a nightly light show with thousands of  lights synchronized to holiday tunes; horse-drawn carriage rides in the Texas Hill Country; The Hill Country Wonderland Suite, which is a holiday-themed suite available to book; visits from live reindeer; a yeti cabin with singing yeti animatronics and a holiday-decorated cabin; reindeer and penguin animatronics; visits from Santa; smores making by the outdoor firepit with festive toppings; an Elf on the Shelf DIY scavenger hunt; a dedicated mailbox for letters to Santa; holiday cooking decorating; and much more.

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