By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Nov 12, 2021 at 1:06 PM

Everyone knows the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear. But if there’s anything that comes even remotely close, it’s probably an “Elf”-themed holiday pop-up at Lost Whale, 2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 

In fact, it's high time to mark your calendars for what promises to be the best thing next to eating a whole roll of cookie dough.

The “Elf’ inspired shenanigans will officially kick off on Dec. 7, but they’ll keep right on going through the end of the year. 

We’re still waiting to see what kind of festive decor those creative cotton-headed ninny muggins will throw together for the occasion, but we’re pretty sure it’s going to be ginormous.

After all, they’ve already cooked up a list of cocktail concoctions that cover all the main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. 

Here’s a peek at some of the delicious quaffs you can sample during the festivities: 

  • SON OF A NUTCRACKER!
    This riff on a mai thai is sure to get the holiday spirit running through your veins thanks to a bit of rum, some housemade chestnut orgeat, cream sherry and root beer bitters. Best of all, it will be served on top of a big ole handmade snow ball.
     
  • DID YOU HEAR THAT?
    You won’t be required to down an entire two liter bottle of Coke, but you might want to down one of these tasty kalimotxo-inspired concoctions featuring vanilla infused vodka, cabernet sauvignon syrup and Mexican Coca Cola. After all, it will be garnished with spaghetti-like strings of festive red licorice.
     
  • NOT NOW ARCTIC PUFFIN!
    Is there anything more festive than an arctic puffin? Maybe not. But a grasshopper might be easier to drink. Lost Whale’s will feature the usual players like brandy, creme de menthe, creme de cacao plus house coconut blend and orange bitters. And yes, it will come topped with housemade whipping cream. But that’s not all, you’ll also get a bonus fudge pop tart and candy cane as garnish.
     
  • DOES SOMEONE NEED A HUG? 
    What kind of a question is that? Of COURSE you do. And you’ll get one in this heart-warming love bowl of mezcal, housemade (vegan) horchata, Stone Creek Jet Black cold brew, aquafaba, chipotle cacao bitters and chocolate syrup. It’s even served up all pretty-like with a swirl of cocoa powder and ceylon cinnamon.
     
  • YOU SIT ON A THRONE OF LIES!
    Oh, well. You’ll probably also smell like meat and cheese after you enjoy this quaff made with Old Forester 100 proof bourbon, Wisconsin maple demerara syrup, trinity and blackstrap bitters and a whiff of cedar smoke. After all, it’s served up with a festive garnish of a cheese curd and a Slim Jim.
     
  • YOU DID IT! CONGRATULATIONS! WORLD’S BEST CUP OF COFFEE! GREAT JOB EVERYBODY! 
    You’ll look so nice in your purpley holiday dress sipping on this warming tipple made with Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whisky spiked with Stone Creek coffee and single bean origin hot cacao. It’s ultra creamy thanks to a bit of oat milk and chipotle cacao and cherry bark vanilla bitters offer complexity. It's topped off with house-made whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and mini marshmallows.
     
  • I’M A COTTON-HEADED NINNY MUGGINS! 
    Everyone’s a member of the cotton-headed ninny muggins club when they sip on this gin and juice. Ford’s gin meets fresh lemon juice and winter-spiced cranberry in this cocktail enhanced by Jamaican #1 bitters, Spanish Reserva Cava and a cotton candy pour-over.
     
  • EGGNOG
    If you think you should skip this round of holiday cheer, think again. Like cookie dough, it's made the old fashioned way with real eggs before being spiked with house-made spiced rum, Spanish brandy and all the warming spices you’ve been craving. Best of all, it’s topped with gobs of red and green M&M’s. 
Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.