Nutcracker-Inspired Eats & Drinks Throughout the Triangle

In December 2020 / January 2021, Eat, Web Exclusive by Olivia Gwyn1 Comment

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WEB EXCLUSIVE With the Carolina Ballet‘s annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker comes a host of special Nutcracker-themed drinks and desserts from local restaurants and bars.

This year, more than ever, this collaboration serves to support both the arts and the local establishments who are all experiencing difficulties due to COVID. Stop by one (or two, or three!) of these Triangle locations for a delicious holiday treat in honor of the Nutcracker.

While Carolina Ballet is unable to perform The Nutcracker for a live audience this year, WRAL and Capital Broadcasting Company have partnered together with PNC to stream a special performance right to the TV in your living room. Catch it on air December 25th at 7 p.m. on WRAL-TV.

Chocolate-Valpolicella Budino with Fallen Gingerbread Soldiers

Coronato Pizza
101 Two Hills Road, Carrboro

Chocolate and gingerbread go hand-in-hand in this dessert by chef Teddy Diggs of Coronato. The pudding-like dessert is served cold with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookies for a decadent treat you won’t want to share.

Japanese Snowball

Kanki Japanese Steakhouse
4325 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh; 4500 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh; 3504 Mt. Moriah Road, Durham

Holiday-themed cocktails always seem to taste better than standard ones—perhaps it’s the sprinkle of holiday cheer? Kanki combines Malibu rum, Pearl Nigori sake, crème of coconut and pineapple juice in this merry cocktail for a fruity and festive sip.

Peppermint Crunch Baklava

9650 Strickland Road, Raleigh; 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

Layers and layers of holiday deliciousness make up this labor of love from Sassool, including sweet syrup, butter, creamy white chocolate, crunchy walnuts and candy canes. We bet you can’t have just one piece.

Walnut King

4242 Six Forks Road, Raleigh

Have your dessert and drink it too with STIR’s Walnut King cocktail. Courvoisier V.S., creme de cacao dark, Frangelico, half and half and house-made black walnut bitters make the end of your dinner experience festively sweet.

Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

10th & Terrace
616 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh

This delectable drink is made with Absolut vodka, Chambord liqeur, lemon juice and simple syrup—a perfect combination for kicking off the holiday season.

Mouse King Cocktail

Killjoy Cocktail
116 N West St, Raleigh

This specialty cocktail, created by head bartender Josh Gagne, is made with spiced rum, coconut, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, Nutella and shaved chocolate. Basically dessert in drink form!

Sugar Plum Cake

Il Palio
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill

Enjoy the flavors of the season with this delicious polenta-based cake from Il Palio. Juicy plums, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top add a magical sweetness.

Mouse King Cocktail

The Haymaker
555 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh

Try out The Haymaker’s own creative twist on a Mouse King cocktail in their new festive digs.

Coming soon…

235 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh

This contemporary patisserie in the heart of downtown Raleigh has become well-known for the sweet, artful work of owner and pastry chef Daniel Benjamin. Keep an eye out over the next couple days to see what delightful dessert he has created to contribute to the Nutcracker-themed lineup.

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