’Tis the season

Koala … holiday cocktail, The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

illustration by katelynn mitrano

It’s not often the bartender entreats you to sing the name of your cocktail, but the burly, red-and-green clad dude behind the bar promised it would “make the cocktail taste better.” This gin- and citrus-based Christmas cocktail, cheerfully named the Koala La La La La, La La La La, ($12), comes with a tiny stuffed koala in a Santa suit clinging to the coupe, which is kawaii as hell. Being inside The Red Rabbit right now is like physically inhabiting one of those cliché ugly Christmas sweaters. That’s because this is its second year participating in the “Miracle” Christmas-themed pop-up, a festive affair that transforms more than 80 bars worldwide into merry watering holes that serve a fixed menu of holiday cocktails. So, if you’ve had enough of cinnamon and dairy-heavy holiday drinks, choose the Koala for a refreshing, pine-y blast. 2718 J Street, theredrabbit.net. —Becky Grunewald