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Posset

Strega , Classics

Although the full recipe takes a couple of hours, this classic drink is accomplished in a crockpot, so it’s basically a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Get a batch started before friends arrive, then spoon into coffee mugs.“We use an IPA as the beer base,” says Mike Bohn of New York City’s Olmsted, “which gives the drink a contrasting freshness from the hops and citrus, plus a little porter thrown in to add some coffee richness.”

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Pink Squirrel

Crème de noyaux White crème de cacao , Modern Classics

This cocktail has a good deal in common with the Brandy Alexander and the Grasshopper with its crème de cacao and cream. Where it differs markedly is in the inclusion of crème de noyaux, a once popular but relatively forgotten liqueur that is similar to amaretto. The red color of the liqueur usually comes from cochineal, which doesn’t affect the singular herbal-meets-bitter almond flavor.

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Blow Job

Amaretto , Modern Classics

This layered shot originated around the early ’90s in the U.S. and is meant to be imbibed hands-free.

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Boozy Hot Chocolate

Hot

Add your favorite spirit for a personalized sweet treat.

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Shoulda Benne Pirate

Rum , Modern Classics

This sweet, locally inspired coffee drink from Harold’s Cabin in Charleston, S.C., adds a crumble of benne seed wafers, a South Carolina low country staple, for a unique, crunchy garnish. If you can’t find benne seed wafers, use thin sesame wafers instead.

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Off-White Russian No. 1

Vodka , Modern Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Off-White Russian No. 1, a boozy version of a childhood favorite.

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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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Harvest Nog

Drambuie , Modern Classics

This drink doubles as a dessert and cocktail in one. Two different approaches to preparing acorn squash allow the vegetable to flex its muscles in a couple of different directions. For the vegetable-cocktail skittish, though, never fear: Allspice and clove help the drink to retain a more traditional “nog” flavor profile while adding in a welcome dose of crispness.

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Guinness Chocolate Float

Beer , Frozen / Blended

Booze buzz meets sugar buzz in this decadent dessert cocktail. (Trust us, you need this in your life.)

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20th Century

Gin , Classics

All aboard for this legendary gin libation!

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