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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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Italian Cookie

Rum , Frozen / Blended

This ain’t your nonna’s creamy nightcap.

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Summer Fridays

Vodka , Modern Classics

The coconut, key lime and cilantro in this vodka cocktail can immediately send you somewhere warm and sunny with sparkling waters.

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Harry Potter Butterbeer

Vodka , Modern Classics

No need to a trip to the Three Broomsticks! Harry Potter's favorite boozy beverage is easy to make at home. Grown-up wizards and adult muggles can make this famously boozy Diagon Alley treat right in their own cauldron. (No spells required.)

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Lucy Colada

Rum , Modern Classics

Making your own cannabis-infused liquor that’ll give you a buzz in two ways isn’t as hard as you think. And you can use that liquor to make this rum and coconut milk cocktail.

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Blue Milk of Tatooine

Gin , Modern Classics

Channel the alien planet from Star Wars with this creamy combination of gin, coconut cream and blue curaçao.

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