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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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Manhattan On $15 A Day

Canadian Whisky , 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 Manhattan On $15 A Day.

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Smoked Honey Toddy

Scotch , Hot

There are two ways to make this warming winter drink: One involves smoking your own honey, and the other involves a cheat and buying already smoked honey (a good option is Bee Local white oak smoked honey). Jon Feuersanger, the beverage director of beast + bottle and Coperta in Denver, created this hot tipple that works with or without booze, and it's perfect for drinking as the snow falls during your next civilized holiday get-together.

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Smoky Limeade

Mezcal Tequila , Modern Classics

Though one thinks of limeade and lemonade as summer drinks, bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma gives this tipple that’s good with or without booze a wintery hint of rosemary and warming, smoky punch. You can spike the drink with tequila or mezcal, the latter adding even more smoky fun to the drink.

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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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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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On the Wings of Eagles

Brandy / Cognac , 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 drink by Matthew Polzin of The Olde Bar is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles, whose team color is represented by the Green Chartreuse and team’s eagle represented on the bottle of Fernet-Branca.

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Henderson’s Mule

Bourbon / American 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.
“Fifty years ago, the New Orleans Saints franchise was first announced right here at The Bayou Bar,” says Benton Bourgeois, a bartender at this Pontchartrain hotel bar. “Having been a Saints fan my entire life, one moment stands in my memory above all others: announcer Jim Henderson’s iconic call at the end of the 2010 NFC Championship game. ‘Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!’ I’ll never forget driving home down St. Charles Avenue after the game, every horn in the city honking, high-fiving the wall of exuberant fans that lined both sides of the street, listening to local radio station WWL replay Jim’s call over and over. This drink is for you, sir.”

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Mularkey’s Secret Playbook

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.
“The Mularkey's Secret Playbook is named after the new head coach [Mike Mularkey] in hopes that he has the secret playbook to bring us a winning season,” says Etch bartender Mark Kremper. “The main components of the drink are Tennessee whiskey and Chartreuse. It wouldn't be a cocktail celebrating our Tennessee Titans if it wasn't made with Mr. Tennessee Whiskey himself, Jack Daniel’s. I chose to use its new single-barrel rye whiskey for its heat and spicy notes, to give our team the kick it needs to beat the competition, and paired it with Chartreuse, for which the secret recipe is known only by a select few (hence the playbook). This cocktail embodies our hopes for the season.”

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Curse of Bobby Layne

Tequila , 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.
“Introduced in 1930, Honolulu blue and silver have been the distinctive look of the Detroit Lions for almost the entire life of the franchise,” says Selden Standard bartender Rob Wilson. “Inspired by those colors, the cocktail features blueberries and [blue agave] silver tequila. The idea is to have the vinegar create a really pungent garnish, kind of like a pickled onion on a Martini. Fresh berries will lack that zing, so I’d definitely suggest pickling them or even just soaking them overnight in Champagne vinegar to at least get some of that flavor.”
(As for the name, in 1958, the Lions traded quarterback Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne, in response, supposedly said the Lions would not win for 50 years—though this statement has been disputed as a hoax and was never published at the time. But for the next 50 years, the Lions had the worst winning percentage of any NFL team.)

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