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Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosa

Wine & Champagne , Modern Classics

This three-ingredient celebration cocktail from The Cookie Rookie couldn't be simpler. It's perfect for every winter holiday, from Thanksgiving straight through to Valentine's Day.

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Green Holiday

Vodka , Modern Classics

If you’d like to make your drink a festive shade of green for the holidays, try this vodka and wheatgrass recipe. "Wheatgrass shots are so shockingly green that I knew as a cocktail ingredient they would add some sweet, fresh and lusciously vegetal flavors," says Kevin Denton, the national mixologist for Pernod Ricard.

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K.C. Wolf

Gin , 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.
The Reiger bartender Brock Schulte named this drink for the Kansas City Chiefs mascot. “Kansas City loves J. Rieger, Boulevard beer, barbecue and tailgating,” says Schulte. “This is the perfect cocktail to share and pair with brisket at a tailgate.” The best tailgates in town are hosted by chef Brian Aaron, according to Schulte. The chef grills out and creates extravagant themed parties every week, which change based on the opposing team.

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Un-Cosmopolitan

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 Un-Cosmopolitan.

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Burgundy & Gold

Rye Whiskey , 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.
“Being a Washington Redskins' fan in San Francisco is tough, as I imagine it is for any foreign fan in a city that's not their own,” says Kevin Diedrich, the owner and bartender of Pacific Cocktail Haven. Diedrich’s drink is a Whiskey Sour variation, bolstered by citrusy kalamansi and balanced with a deep, fruity ruby port float. It’s based on Copper Fox rye whiskey. “It’s a nod to rye whiskey, which was one of the first spirits to be made in D.C.,” he says. The kalamansi gives the cocktail a great gold color, and the port float adds the burgundy, echoing the team colors. “A gold-rimmed glass is a plus,” he says.

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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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Buddy’s Busy

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“This cocktail is an ode to the ’85 Bears and the fleeting Honey Bears cheerleaders. I have vivid memories of watching them both during that season, even at six years old,” says bartender Christiana DeLucca of Chicago’s Formento’s. “It's also an homage to Buddy Ryan's 4–6 defense. That man is a legend, and this is my tip o’ the hat to him in cocktail form. Served Toddy style, this cocktail is all about embracing the fall season. Make a large batch, grab a thermos, and you've got the perfect tailgating cocktail to impress your friends.”

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Muddled Pine

Gin Vodka , Modern Classics

Nothing says winter holidays like a pine-themed drink. This one by bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma also utilizes cranberries and lemon, making it even more festive. Sip the nonalcoholic version all day, or make the cocktail at night for a cool, yet warming, seasonal tipple.

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Christmas Punch

Modern Classics

At the award-winning Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, lead bartender Dave Taha has created the ultimate holiday tipple that tastes good with or without booze. "This one reminds me of Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's," says Taha. "The fresh ginger gives it a bit of zing, and the tart cherry adds depth and balance, while the allspice and nutmeg lend their holiday spirit." Whether you decide to drink it clean or spiked, it's surely going to get you in the festive spirit.

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Comrade

Tequila , Modern Classics

It’s hard to deny that spaghetti squash seems like a head-scratcher of a cocktail ingredient, much like tequila feels a little more sand and surf than sweaters and scarves. But in the Comrade, the woodsy depth of spaghetti squash and innate vegetative notes of tequila sally forth in entirely novel ways, shining a light on their versatility.

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