One holiday cocktail experience is returning to St. Louis this year, but this time, all the cheer will be enjoyed from customers' own homes.
"Frosted at Home," a holiday cocktail pop-up bar that operated at the Piper Palm House last year, is back offering cocktails designed for the season to benefit Tower Grove Park. Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, though, this year's Frosted experience has been designed to be enjoyed at home.
Four Frosted packages are available, all with some combination of single-serve cocktails, Schlafly Park Lager and a snack of pretzel bites from Pretzel Boys. Packages begin at $50 for one person and max out at $250 for an eight-person package. Each option also includes access to a 1-hour virtual holiday show that features cocktail demonstrations, music from Just Joshin' Around and stand-up comedy.
The mixologist behind this year's cocktails is STL Barkeep's Pat Gioia, who has created four concoctions for this season. Offerings include Kentucky's Christmas Spirit, a riff on an Old Fashioned containing Old Tub Bottled in Bond bourbon, apple, cinnamon, ginger, orange and aromatic bitters; Gingle All The Way, a riff on a Negroni with hibiscus-infused Roku gin, cinnamon-infused Campari and sweet vermouth; Granny's Gold Coins, a Margarita made with containing Hornito's Reposado tequila, J. Rieger's Cafe Amaro, honey, orange, clove and mole bitters; and One for Jingle Bell, a Cosmo riff made with Haku vodka, Pama Pomegranate Liquor, cinnamon, grapefruit and lime juice.
Gioia says that while STL Barkeep wanted to keep the cocktails festive, he also didn't want to make it too kitschy. He loves the spirited creations of themed pop ups, but that wasn't the experience that Barkeep was aiming for.
"I'm trying to think of these holiday flavors, but I'm also trying not to shove Santa down people's throats," Gioia says.
Creating cocktails that people would enjoy at home took extra considerations. For one, he and the STL Barkeep team had to think of what would actually be good for serving once it had been bottled, and the choices also had to appeal to a wider audience since bartenders couldn't ask for the specific tastes of their customers like they would at a typical bar.
"I want it to be something they can share with friends; I want this thing to be accessible," Gioia says.
Frosted at Home packages are available for ordering online for pickup at the Piper Palm House beginning Dec. 18. The last day to order is Dec. 22.