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Port Authority

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
For the Tampa Buccaneers, bartender Daniel Guess of Tampa’s Fly says he decided to tap into Tampa’s rich centuries-old rum history by swapping the Port of Call cocktail’s gin for port-barrel-finished rum from Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados. “The name Port Authority came to mind because of our bustling port system here in Tampa,” says Guess. “With the impending access to Cuba, it's undoubtedly about to get even busier.” The two-toned drink represents the Bucs’ team colors.

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Bourbon / American Whiskey Frangelico Rum , Hot

No matter how much we fight it, as the weather turns cooler, imbibers turn to pumpkin spiced lattes. But instead of heading to the coffee shop for an overly sweet version, use the slow-cooker recipe by bartender Norma Beekman of Lexington, Ky.’s Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, and make your own at home. Since the drink stays hot in the pot, you can serve it morning, noon and night. And for the boozy kick, you can spike it with a variety of spirits, such as dark rum, bourbon or Frangelico—the darker the better.

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Hot Butter(nut) Rum

Rum , Modern Classics

This Toddy recipe from New York bitters powerhouse Amor y Amargo is named for the butternut squash it’s made with. Substituting sugar pumpkin, though, is just a little bit more fun. The twee-looking pumpkin is typically no bigger than eight inches and lends a velvety texture to the cocktail. Plus it’s downright adorable. (Bonus: Pull double duty and roast the seeds.)

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Butter “Nut” Craig

Rum , Modern Classics

At first glance, rum might seem to be the key element in this butternut squash cocktail, but one sip and you’ll know it’s the orange liqueur that steals the show. The cordial deftly balances the squash’s earthiness with the rum’s spice and the glittery cinnamon-sugar rim.

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Autumn Wind

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“With 2.5 ounces of liquor, this is the perfect cocktail for an Oakland Raiders fan,” says bartender Martin Delgado of Prizefighter in Emeryville, Calif. “Bold and strong while pleasantly refreshing, that is always my take away from a Raiders tailgate and a Raiders win. And as we are the Raiders, rum was without question the base spirit! Go, Raiders!”

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Nutty Ocho Rios

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This cocktail from Shane Paule, the bar manager at Austin’s Isla, sports the usual good stuff found in a Mai Tai but with an additional scrumptious nutty layer of macadamia nut liqueur.

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Shandy Khan

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
This teal-blue Shandy, named for Jacksonville, Fla., Jaguars owner Shad Khan, is made using some of Restaurant Orsay bartender Josh Strickland’s favorite local ingredients: beer from Intuition Ale Works (which is adjacent to Everbank Field, home of the Jags), rum from Marlin & Barrel distillery in nearby Fernandina Beach and a fresh Florida orange slice.
“This is perfect for those über-hot Florida tailgates early in the year. It's bright and refreshing without being so boozy that you’re in trouble before the fourth quarter starts,” says Strickland. "If you are a savvy tailgater, you will cook up a batch beforehand and simply top them off with beer and ‘blue stuff’ as you go.”

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Fall Into Italy

Amaro Brandy / Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

Averna and cognac balance out this civilized sip.

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Italian Bird

Rum , Modern Classics

Leave the jungle behind.

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Who Dey!

Rum , Modern Classics

You don’t have to be a Bengals fan to love it.

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