Well, November is here. Halloween has past and winter hibernation is starting to look more and more appealing so it’s time to stay at home and keep warm. The upside: It’s time to start planning those holiday parties and drinking at home or friend's house.
As the weather gets cooler (if you live in that part of the world), it’s necessary to adjust your cocktail menu accordingly. That doesn’t mean going straight for steaming hot drinks just yet—though I'm certainly not opposed to a good Hot Toddy, Buttered Rum, or Irish Coffee. Now is the time for richer, fuller-bodied spirits.
Whether you’d rather sip on a glass of Scotch with Thanksgiving dinner or make a delightfully rich, seasonal cocktail, these drinks will get you in the mood to party November-style. The first half of the listed cocktails are more complex while the last half are more simple.
If you’re looking for a cocktail that will pair perfectly with stuffing and green bean casserole, try this Thanksgiving-inspired recipe that combines cognac and cranberry sauce, as well as a cinnamon-sugar rim.
Cranberry sauce pairs perfectly with cognac in this fruity Thanksgiving tipple.
- 1.5 oz Hennessey V.S. Cognac
- .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 1 heaping tsp Cranberry sauce
- 1 dash Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters (optional)
Garnish: Orange twist
Glass: Coupe or Martini
Prep - Coat the rim of a Martini or coupe glass with a mixture of equal parts cinnamon and sugar, and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
Throw an autumn party with this port, cider and rye concoction.
- 1 (750-mL) bottle Sandeman Founders Reserve Port
- 24 oz Apple cider
- 3 oz Rye whiskey
- 1.5 oz Maple syrup
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
- 2 Pears, cored and sliced
Garnish: Apple or pear slice
Prep - Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Serve in tumblers, garnished with apple or pear slices.
Highland Scotch Cup
Don’t completely give in to winter just yet: With a healthy dose of Scotch, as well as apple butter, maple syrup and hard cider, this cocktail is like fall in a cup. And just because it’s chilled doesn’t mean it won’t warm you right to the core.
- 2 oz 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- 1 tsp Apple butter
- 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
- .75 oz Grade A maple syrup
- 1 dash Pastis
- Hard cider
Garnish: Apple slice
Prep - Add all the ingredients except the hard cider to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with hard cider and garnish with an apple slice.
There’s a reason bourbon is often considered an autumnal spirit. The slightly sweet, super-warming whiskey is the perfect complement to spicy ginger and star anise–and-black tea–infused simple syrup in this hopped-up drink. Add a little lemon, Creme Yvette and Angostura Bitters and you’ve got yourself an instant hit.
- .5 oz Star Anise and Black Tea Infused Simple Syrup*
- 1 slice Fresh ginger
- 1 strip Lemon peel
- 2 oz Basil Hayden's Bourbon
- .5 oz Crème Yvette
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Add the syrup and ginger to a mixing glass. Twist the lemon peel over the glass to extract the oils. Drop the peel into the glass and muddle. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
*Star Anise And Black Tea Infused Simple Syrup
- 1 Black tea bag
- 12 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water), warm
- 6 Star anise pods, lightly crushed
Add the tea bag to the simple syrup and let infuse for 12 minutes. Discard the tea bag and add the star anise. Let stand for 24 hours and strain.
- 2 oz Apple vodka
- 1 oz Frangelico or Hazlenut Liq
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 oz cranberry juice
- garnish apple slice
Prep - Build all ingredients in a mixing glass or tin. Shake well and pour into chilled cocktail glass or coupe or tumbler.
- 1.5 oz Johnnie Walker scotch
- 1/2 oz peach schnapps
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon
- 1/2 oz apple juice
Prep - Build all ingredients in a mixing glass or tin. Shake well and pout into a chilled cocktail glass, coupe, or tumbler.
- 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon
- 1/2 oz maple syrup
- 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
- fill with Beer
Prep - Build all ingredients, except beer, in a collins glass or large rocks glass. Stir well and pour in beer to the top.
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